Gynecomastia Surgery Gets Rid of Embarrassing
posted on 2/27/2013
Some men accumulate excess body fat in their chest area which creates an effect of breasts on the male, or “man boobs”. For many men, this can be a very embarrassing problem and they may become so self-conscious about their appearance that they refuse to take their shirt off in public or even in front of a significant other. Some plastic surgeons do offer a simple solution for getting rid of “man boobs” for good. Gynecomastia surgery is a very simple procedure that involves removing both fat and tissue around the chest area to create a very flat, streamlined appearance. Dr. Kevin Light from the Texas Institute of Functional Medicines in Dallas shares these tips and insights for correcting this common problem:
What is Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is the presence of excess fatty tissue and skin around the chest area in men. This creates the appearance of actual “breasts” in a male and enlargement typically occurs during puberty. While this problem does resolve completely within about two years in most teenagers, some young men find that the problem persists as they grow older -- men as old as 50 or 60 can have gynecomastia. In some men, the protrusion is very small and only visible when the man has taken his shirt off. In others, the area appears to look just like a pair of female breasts and these can grow to become as large as a C cup.
The causes of gynecomastia are still unknown but doctors and surgeons suggest that this condition is typically the result of hormone imbalances. An imbalance of sex hormones such as testosterone and estrogen can cause rapid tissue growth in the chest area but in some cases, gynecomastia can occur because of a side effect of certain medications, from excessive marijuana use, or because of steroid-secreting tumors.
Getting Surgery for Man Boobs
If you want to get rid of “man boobs” for good, you can undergo a very simple procedure called gynecomastia surgery. The surgery only takes about an hour and can be performed under local anesthesia or with intravenous sedation. The surgeon makes a very small incision around the lower border of the nipple and then uses a liposuction technique to remove excess fat through this same incision. Any suturing required is performed underneath the skin with dissolving stitches. These gynecomastia pictures will give you a good idea of what you and your surgeon will achieve after surgery.
You will need to wear a compression garment for the first two weeks after surgery to promote the healing process. This will help to reduce swelling and also improve the shape and contour of your chest. Nobody will be able to tell you are wearing this garment because it’s very easy to hide under your clothes. You will be able to return to vigorous physical activities in about two to four weeks after your procedure. The scars usually take about six months to fade completely.
Learn more about gynecomastia surgery the treatment options available by contacting Dr. Light at the Texas Institute of Functional Medicines or contact a gynecomastia (male breast reduction) doctors in your area.