At Premier Plastic Surgery and Dermatology, we offer gynecomastia surgery in the Pittsburgh area. It is estimated that 40 to 60 percent of men are affected by gynecomastia, which is the medical term for male breast overdevelopment. Our surgeons treat gynecomastia with a cosmetic surgery procedure that is often termed as male breast reduction. For men wishing to do something about their gynecomastia but who have been unable to reduce the size through diet and exercise, cosmetic surgery is an option. Our surgery center welcomes men who are realizing that procedures like gynecomastia surgery can help with areas of their body that have not responded to other healthy means.
Gynecomastia is a common condition found in males caused by the overdevelopment of the glandular tissue or excess fat. Our surgeons are able to remove fat from the breasts, resulting in a more toned and flat appearance with gynecomastia surgery.
Pittsburgh surgeons acknowledge that there have been certain drugs and medical problems linked to gynecomastia, but there is no known cause in most cases. Among teenage boys, 90 percent of the time, gynecomastia will usually go away in less than three years. For the other 10 percent left with the male breast overdevelopment, we recommend surgery.
For some men, diet and exercise may be able to reduce the appearance of large breasts. However, this is not always the case. Some enlarged breasts may be due to excess in glandular tissue. This means that a lean patient can experience enlarged breast due to the size of the glands. The only way to treat this is through surgery. Gynecomastia surgery has long-lasting to permanent results. If diet and exercise have not worked or if you feel self-conscious about the appearance of your chest, surgery is the best option.
Since glandular tissue contributes to gynecomastia, it has to be removed surgically. The procedure is performed using local anesthesia and requires a small incision. The incision may be made around the outer edge of the areola or in the underarms area. Through the incision, fat and tissue is suctioned out via a tube. The surgeon will then sculpt a new chest contour and remove excess skin if needed. Finally, the incisions will be sutured closed and an elastic compression garment may be used to maintain the skin’s new contour.
There are many things you will need to consider if you decided to undergo surgery. The first is to discuss your desires for the final outcome with your doctor. It’s important to note that the shape of your chest before will determine the shape after surgery. It’s important to listen carefully to the doctor because they will help you set a realistic expectation. It is also important to be open about your medical history. The doctor will need to know of any past surgeries, drug allergies, medication, and lifestyle choices.
The recovery process is often quite manageable. After your surgery, it is best to arrange for someone to pick you up and take care of you for up to two days after surgery. You can expect some bruising, swelling, and pain. Make sure your prescriptions are filled and available. The medication will help with the pain, but if you experience severe pain, contact your doctor immediately. For extra comfort, keep some pillows by your side. It is also best to wear button down shirts to avoid raising your arms above your head. Also, remember the total time to recover is different for everyone. But you should be able to get up after a day and return to work after three days.
Patients will notice an immediate improvement in the shape and appearance of their chest. It is important to wear your compression garment, as this will keep you comfortable and help the healing process. Some patients have also reported a loss of feeling or sensation in their chest. This is temporary; feeling will come back as the nerves begin to regenerate themselves. For three weeks, patients need to avoid strenuous activity, especially if it can impact the chest.
This procedure is meant to be permanent. However, it’s important to follow a healthy lifestyle. Weight gain, steroids, or some medical conditions can cause gynecomastia to reoccur. It has also been found that drugs that raise testosterone levels can also affect the results of your procedure.
Like all cosmetic surgery, there are both benefits and risks, even with male breast reduction. Pittsburgh surgeons at our center will help you carefully weigh your options and offer a qualified opinion.