What is Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is the medical term for enlarged male breasts. It can have a variety of causes, like significant weight gain or loss, genetics, drug use, or a hormone imbalance. However, sometimes a cause is not found, making it difficult to find an effective and long-lasting gynecomastia treatment.
It most often affects men that are near puberty or middle age. Gynecomastia surgery is one option that Dr. Diktaban can help you explore, which often involves surgical excision, liposuction, or a combination of both. This specific plastic surgery procedure is also known as a male breast reduction.
Gynecomastia Surgery Candidates
When opting for gynecomastia surgery, it’s important to discuss your treatment options with your plastic surgeon and regular physician. In many cases, gynecomastia can be treated with simple lifestyle changes (like losing weight or cutting out substances like alcohol or marijuana) or changing your medications. Most men experience gynecomastia at some point in their lives, usually during puberty, when hormone fluctuations are common and natural.
If male breast tissue surgery is the right option for you, then it’s important that your weight is stable and within your ideal range. Also, your body should not be subject to changes in hormone levels, since both of these factors can affect your results. You should be in overall good health and able to undergo surgery, so Dr. Diktaban will make sure to discuss your medical health during a consultation.
What Happens During Gynecomastia Surgery?
There are different types of gynecomastia surgery: liposuction, surgical excision, or a combination of both. The best way to judge which male breast reduction option is best for you is by determining what’s causing your gynecomastia. If it’s caused solely by fat tissue, then liposuction may be sufficient. On the other hand, excess glandular tissue will require surgical techniques.
Dr. Diktaban may also recommend certain options based on how elastic the surrounding skin is. If you have looser skin, then BodyTite can be used to tighten skin at the same time. Either option can be performed in our in-house, certified surgical facility in New York City.
The liposuction method can be performed under local anesthesia with a very small incision, resulting in virtually invisible scars. During this technique, Dr. Diktaban will insert a cannula and surgical vacuum to gently break up fatty tissue and remove it. Once complete, the incisions are closed, and you’ll be fitted with a compression garment for your recovery.
During the surgical technique (with or without liposuction), incisions are used to remove the excess breast tissue, because liposuction alone cannot remove firm glandular tissue. Men who have lost a lot of weight might have excess, loose skin that requires excision in order to reposition the nipple and areolae to a natural-looking position. The result is a flatter, more lifted chest profile. Typically, incisions are made around the areola, especially if the procedure involves reducing the size of the nipple and areola or repositioning it.
Often, Dr. Diktaban may recommend a combination of liposuction and excision techniques to best achieve a more masculine chest size and shape. The techniques chosen for your male breast reduction will depend on your goals and the amount and type of tissue present, and whether you have excess skin. Dr. Diktaban will explain the best plastic surgery techniques for your procedure during a consultation.
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before & afters
Results and Recovery
Your recovery timeframe will depend on the type of surgery. For example, liposuction alone may require less downtime than a more invasive procedure. In either case, you can expect to take at least one week away from work.
You’ll be instructed to wear a compression garment during this time, as well as take prescribed medications to manage swelling and discomfort. Most patients feel well enough to stop taking pain medication within a few days of their cosmetic surgery.
You should avoid extensive activity and get plenty of rest, resuming your exercise regimen once Dr. Diktaban clears you for it. Swelling will continue to subside in the months following your procedure, but most patients see their full results within three to six months.
To get the most out of your results, it’s important to maintain your weight and a healthy lifestyle, as well as avoiding medications or drugs that can cause gynecomastia.
Schedule a Consultation
Gynecomastia can take a toll on your confidence, making it hard to feel like you’re at your best. To learn more about your options for gynecomastia and male breast reduction, we invite you to contact our Manhattan, New York office by calling or filling out our online form.