Gynecomastia or “man boobs” is the enlargement of the male breast. It is often caused by hormonal imbalance such as too much estrogen or too little testosterone. Gynecomastia can occur in babies, teenagers or older men. In babies and adolescents, gynecomastia often goes away on its own.
When it occurs in a man, however, it is often connected to another condition like some types of cancer, thyroid problems or cirrhosis. Use of alcohol or some controlled substances may also cause gynecomastia. Some medications can cause gynecomastia. Such drugs include steroids, anti-convulsants, some heart medications, chemotherapy drugs, and some anti-depressants.
How is gynecomastia treated?
Gynecomastia in babies and adolescents usually does not need treatment, for it will generally go away on its own. In a man, though, the doctor needs to determine the probable cause to treat it. Breast reduction surgery is an option, especially if other treatments have not worked.
What does male breast reduction surgery involve?
Male breast reduction surgery is a permanent solution to gynecomastia. It’s a type of plastic or cosmetic surgery in which the doctor removes excess glandular tissue and fat to give the patient’s chest a flatter and more masculine look.
Liposuction is often used. Techniques vary depending on the preferences of the surgeon and the patient. Tissue excision is a technique used in more severe cases. Tissue excision lets the doctor remove more tissue and fat than liposuction does.
What happens after the surgery?
After the surgery, the patient will probably be sore for a few days. The doctor can prescribe medication to control the discomfort. He may recommend a compression garment to help healing and improve comfort. You may need to wear the garment for 7-14 days.
If they haven’t already, the patient should adopt a healthy lifestyle to maintain their chest’s new contours. Weight gain can cause a recurrence of the gynecomastia.It may take a few months to see optimal results.
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You don’t have to endure gynecomastia any longer. With male breast reduction surgery, you may finally have the solution you’ve been looking for. Contact Georgia Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery today to schedule your consultation. Our practice is dedicated to helping patients with their cosmetic concerns, and we offer a variety of services to accomplish this goal. During the consultation, we will review your concerns, and after it’s decided that male breast reduction surgery will benefit you, we will develop a treatment plan.