Gynecomastia can be a source of self-consciousness for many. Thankfully, gynecomastia surgery is available to treat this condition and offer a permanent body contouring solution for the chest. If you’re considering gynecomastia surgery, there are a few things you should understand before deciding to move forward with the procedure.
Gynecomastia is simply enlarged breast tissue in men and can be caused by a variety of factors. The most common reasons men face gynecomastia are hormonal changes or imbalances, weight gain, or side effects of drugs. Gynecomastia is most commonly symmetrical, but you may experience asymmetry between the two breasts.
If you’re not sure whether you have gynecomastia, you can perform a self-breast exam. Gynecomastia will feel like a palpable, tender, mobile, and disc-like mound of tissue located just below the nipple and areola. This tissue is generally firm, though not as hard as breast cancer tissue. If you experience symptoms such as nipple discharge, changes in your skin’s texture or tone, or swelling or enlarged lymph nodes, you should seek medical attention to screen for breast cancer rather than gynecomastia. If you already have an appointment scheduled for a gynecomastia surgery consultation, Dr. Cruise understands the signs of breast cancer and will be able to advise you to seek proper care.
The exact techniques used to complete your gynecomastia surgery will vary depending on the type of gynecomastia you’re affected by. However, there are some general expectations that all gynecomastia surgery patients can have from the procedure.
Before performing the procedure, Dr. Cruise will conduct a thorough examination of the area to determine a plan for the surgery. Gynecomastia surgery is usually performed under general anesthesia. Removing the excess tissue is typically done through a combination of incisions to remove excess glandular or other breast tissue as well as liposuction to remove excess fat.
In order to prepare for surgery, you will need to stop smoking and taking medications that can increase the risk of bleeding. You should also focus on eating a balanced diet so you are as healthy as possible going into the surgery. Finally, you should prepare for the recovery period by purchasing any necessary supplies and arranging for help from friends and family as needed.
The recovery from gynecomastia surgery typically takes about four weeks total, though most patients return to their normal routines by about two weeks. You can expect some soreness, redness, and potentially bruising after the surgery. Drains may be in place, and you will be required to wear a compression garment as you heal. Light exercise can usually be resumed after about two weeks.
Gynecomastia surgery is generally very safe, but like all surgeries, complications are possible. Some potential complications can include bleeding, bruising, fluid collection, scarring, numbness and loss of sensation, or asymmetry and contour irregularity. Most of these complications can be avoided by choosing a trustworthy and experienced plastic surgeon and following their directions carefully, especially during the recovery process.
If you’re interested in gynecomastia surgery, schedule a consultation with Dr. Cruise in Newport Beach, CA. Call (323) 488-4419 or request an appointment online. If you are unable to visit Dr. Cruise in Newport Beach, virtual consultations through photo uploads are also available.
Dr. Joseph Cruise is a board-certified plastic surgeon with over 15 years of experience. Regarded as one of the top gynecomastia surgeons in the world, Dr. Cruise has gynecomastia-specific content that can be found at lagynecomastia.org. Dr. Cruise has dedicated his career to cosmetic surgery but has also had extensive training in General Surgery, Hand Surgery, and Microvascular Surgery. Dr. Joseph Cruise is also a member of the Rhinoplasty Society as well as the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
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