Correct the Symptoms of Gynecomastia for a Boost in Confidence
It’s not uncommon for men of all ages to experience a growth of tissue in the chest area that causes them to have a more feminine breast appearance. This condition is often referred to as having “man boobs,” although the actual condition is called gynecomastia. Male breast reduction surgery can be an effective solution for those who are embarrassed about their unwanted breast enlargement or excess chest skin.
Gynecomastia can be caused by a number of factors and there are several cosmetic procedures that can be used to reduce this material and provide gynecomastia patients with a normal-looking chest that better matches their body.
The good news is that board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Florin offers several procedures that can effectively eliminate excess breast tissue and can help any patient address their concerns.
Dr. Florin has been helping gynecomastia patients in Orange County for years and has the experience and skill to provide a simple and lasting solution for gynecomastia. Since each patient’s need will be different, choosing an experienced cosmetic surgeon like Dr. Florin with a wide range of procedures at his disposal is critical in getting the results you want with the least invasive option.
- Less chest fat and breast tissue.
- Improved male physique.
- Increased self-esteem.
There are several disparate causes of gynecomastia, and multiple factors could be at play in any given person’s unique anatomy. It can be a result of having loose or excess skin, leading to breast sagging, after losing an aggressive amount of weight quickly. Genetics can also play a role in gynecomastia and many patients find that someone in their family also had the condition in years past.
A common demographic that suffers from some degree of breast tissue growth is teenage boys and young adults. Hormonal changes can be responsible for causing gynecomastia, which is why both pre- and post-pubescent men often develop the condition. Hormonal changes can also come later in life, usually caused by certain medications, leading to gynecomastia.
The specific treatment for your gynecomastia will largely depend on the specific type you have; some breast reduction procedures focus on removing excess fat, but others require removing glandular tissue as well. Dr. Florin will evaluate your breast tissue according to a gynecomastia classification system to determine the recommended treatment for your desired appearance.
In most enlarged male breasts, there is both excess fatty tissue as well as glandular tissue. Whereas fat can be removed through minimally invasive liposuction, glandular tissue usually needs to be surgically removed.
Dr. Florin’s solution for classic gynecomastia depends on the severity of your condition, the quality of your skin, and your desired results. Usually an incision must be made to remove excess tissue, which can be done under either local or general anesthesia.
When gynecomastia is caused mostly by an excess accumulation of fat in the chest, it is referred to as fatty gynecomastia or pseudo-gynecomastia. In some cases, this allows treatment to consist only of liposuction, although every case is unique, and your specific treatment plan can only be determined in a consultation with gynecomastia surgeon Dr. Florin.
Gynecomastia that has progressed to the degree where the chest tissue has created a breast fold is known as sagging gynecomastia. At this point, treatment options become more complex, as excess skin will need to be removed in addition to excess fat and tissue. Dr. Florin can inform you of the right breast reduction procedure for your unique circumstances during a one-on-one consultation about gynecomastia.
In some cases of gynecomastia of all types, excess fat becomes deposited around the sides and even the back of patients, creating a chest roll or breast roll. Gynecomastia specialist Dr. Florin can address this side effect of the condition during gynecomastia surgery, which can be solved with either liposuction or skin excision.
Those who may be good candidates for gynecomastia surgery are men who have unwanted breast development of any degree. In addition, candidates should:
- Be in good overall health
- Not smoke
- Be realistic about the expectations of surgery
- Have good skin elasticity
The best way to know whether you’re a good candidate for a gynecomastia procedure is to talk to a board-certified plastic surgeon in Orange County, such as Dr. Florin. He will examine your condition and tell you more about your options for male breast reduction surgery during consultations.
As many male breast reduction surgery procedures require surgical incisions, you will need to prepare for gynecomastia treatment as an invasive plastic surgery procedure. This can include:
- Refraining from smoking, drinking alcohol, and taking certain medications
- Scheduling time off work to recover from the procedure
- Arranging a caregiver who can be with you the first 24 hours after your gynecomastia surgery
- Purchasing required and recommended products for optimal results
Dr. Florin will walk you through every preparatory step you need to take prior to surgery in Newport Beach, CA. As intimidating as this plastic surgery solution may seem, it’s worth noting that Dr. Florin’s patients find great relief from the self-consciousness that plagues men with this condition, allowing them to live carefree lives without worrying about their abnormal breast size.
Depending on the amount and location of the excess fat and tissue, liposuction may be an option for most patients. This procedure involves the removal of a portion of this tissue through a specialized surgical vacuum to return the patient’s breasts to a more normal size and position.
When only liposuction is needed, the procedure is typically done on an outpatient basis with local anesthetic, which allows the patient to return to a normal routine in a few days. If there are other areas of concern you’d like addressed with liposuction, you may be able to have multiple procedures done at the same time to eliminate the need for a second surgery.
If a patient needs a larger adjustment, there are several surgical procedures that can be used to eliminate unwanted breast tissue and tighten loose skin.
Having a skilled professional like Dr. Florin address your concerns through a wide range of options means you will get the simplest procedure possible for your specific situation. This also means lower cost and a shorter recovery time as well.
The specific risks of a gynecomastia procedure for a given individual can only be fully determined at the time of consultation with your cosmetic surgeon. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk, including bleeding, unsatisfactory results, anesthesia side effects, and others. Minor complications that do not affect the cosmetic results can occur occasionally. Major complications from gynecomastia surgery are rare.
Following your male breast reduction procedure, you will likely feel some pain and discomfort, which can be controlled with oral medications and long-acting local anesthesia. You will likely need to wear a special compression garment for several weeks according to Dr. Florin’s instructions.
Dr. Florin will see you the day after surgery for a follow-up visit. Normally, gynecomastia patients will have fluid drains in place for several days. If you needed sutures for the procedure, Dr. Florin will remove them usually within one to two weeks. You will typically be able to resume light activity in two days. Sports and more rigorous activities may be resumed in two to four weeks, depending on Dr. Florin’s specific instructions for your healing process.
In the hands of an experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. Florin, the results of your gynecomastia surgery will be completely natural-looking and harmonious with the rest of your body’s proportions. The general appearance of people after being treated for gynecomastia is more masculine, with a tighter, flatter chest, and a smoother, higher nipple.
At the Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery, we understand the embarrassment and shame you may be feeling as a result of having enlarged breast tissue. Start seeking help today by scheduling your first consultation with Dr. Florin today. During your time with Dr. Florin, he will perform a physical exam to determine your candidacy, answer any questions you may have, and take a detailed medical history. It’s the first step toward finding a solution through gynecomastia surgery. You’ll get a personalized treatment plan with the most minimally invasive procedure that will create effective results.
How long will male breast reduction results last?
Results from male breast reduction are long-lasting, assuming that you keep a stable weight. If your gynecomastia was caused by medication or anabolic steroids, further use could lead to recurrence.
What are the limitations and risks of male breast reduction?
As with any cosmetic procedure, there are some risks involved with male breast reduction. Thankfully, significant complications are infrequent. However, some potential complications include infection and bleeding, changes in skin sensation, scarring, allergic reaction, or blood clots.
Can guys develop breasts?
Men can develop enlarged breasts for a variety of reasons, like hormone fluctuations, drug use, or weight gain. This condition is called gynecomastia.
Can gynecomastia be cured without surgery?
Gynecomastia will often resolve on its own over time if its caused by temporary hormone fluctuations (puberty). It can also be cured by losing weight or switching medications, in some cases.
Can gynecomastia grow back after surgery?
If the underlying causes of your gynecomastia arent treated, then its possible for it to grow back after surgery. For this reason, its important to partner with an experienced gynecomastia surgeon to assess your unique situation.
Can thyroid problems cause gynecomastia?
Yes - gynecomastia can be caused by hormone fluctuations. The best way to treat this type of gynecomastia is typically to treat the underlying causes.
Does gynecomastia go away with weight loss?
If your gynecomastia is caused by fat gain, then losing weight can reduce the size of the breasts.
Can you reduce breast size without surgery?
Its possible to reduce the size of male breasts by losing weight or addressing lifestyle factors that contribute to them. In some cases, you can cease drug use or switch medications to treat gynecomastia.
Do you lose weight after breast reduction?
Male breast reduction should not be considered a weight loss surgery. In most cases, only a very small amount of fat is removed.
Does a breast reduction make you look thinner?
Male breast reduction can contribute to the look of a more masculine chest. It will not reduce the overall size or look of your body, however.
How can you tell the difference between gynecomastia and Pseudogynecomastia?
Pseudogynecomastia is caused by fatty tissue while gynecomastia is often caused by enlarged breast tissue. If youre at a healthy weight and still have enlarged breasts, its likely gynecomastia.
How do I know if I have gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is the term for enlarged male breasts. Its typically caused by hormones or certain medications. An experienced gynecomastia surgeon can help you determine your options for treatment.
Dr. Whitney Florin
Dr. Whitney Florin is a third-generation physician specializing in maxillofacial surgery. She is dual board-certified by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery and the American Board of Facial Cosmetic Surgery and is lauded for her excellence in transformative mommy makeover results and non-surgical cosmetic treatments. She has published peer-reviewed works on the use of BOTOX® and managing capsular contracture after breast augmentation - she also engages in ongoing research on cosmetic, maxillofacial, and general surgery. As one of the leading breast and body plastic surgeons in the Orange County area, Dr. Florin can provide an exceptional experience at the Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery & Aesthetic Lounge.
Dr. Whitney Florin is a highly esteemed surgeon who received her medical degree from Columbia University before practicing during her full-body procedures fellowship. She specializes in the “mommy makeover” helping women feel confident and empowered after doing the miraculous work of bringing a child into the world. She is well-known for her incredible skills as a surgeon and leader, as well as for her honest and warm attitude toward patients. Dr. Florin services the Newport Beach, CA, area but is sought out by patients all over the world. Dr. Florin welcomes patients who wish to fly in for their procedure, and the team at Gallery of Cosmetic Procedure & Aesthetic Lounge is happy to help you find the best accommodation for your recovery. Interested in seeing how Dr. Whitney Florin can make you feel like the best version of you yet? Schedule a virtual consultation today.
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