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Learn the Facts before picking the Best Gynecomastia Surgeon

Learn the Facts before picking the Best Gynecomastia Surgeon

Gynecomastia can be an embarrassing condition. In many cases, this is because few people take their time to discover why enlarged breasts occur and what can be done to prevent them.

Instead, men banter about ‘man boobs’ and excess fat like it is some kind of joke. However, for those men living with the condition, it is anything but funny, and can lead some to consider a gynecomastia procedure like a male breast reduction surgery.

A loss of self esteem, feeling less masculine, noticing a less masculine chest, and having a poor overall body image are just some of the common side effects that men suffering from this misunderstood condition can experience.

Ready to learn more? Here are some of the key facts that you need to know about true gynecomastia.

EXCESS BREAST TISSUE CAN HAPPEN TO MEN AT ANY AGE

Although there are certain times during your life when you are naturally more likely to suffer from gynecomastia, it can occur at any age. It may also disappear and reoccur.

HORMONES CAN BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF GYNECOMASTIA

A hormonal imbalance is one of several causes that can contribute towards excess fatty tissue and gynecomastia. In the teenage years, a surge in hormones can be responsible for excess breast tissue production. You are also more prone to gynecomastia if you are senior in age.

This is because as you get older, testosterone production slows down and estrogen increases. Estrogen is responsible for breast tissue growth and an unusually high level in many men can cause male breast tissue to develop.

MEDICATION SIDE EFFECTS CAN ALSO CAUSE GYNECOMASTIA

Side effects are a common occurrence with many prescription medications, and gynecomastia is just one of many that you might experience if you take certain medications or drugs.

Some of the most common medications to cause excess breast tissue development as a side effect include drugs for an enlarged prostate, antidepressants, some types of antibiotics, and heart and thyroid medications.

OVERWEIGHT MEN ARE MORE LIKELY TO SUFFER FROM GYNECOMASTIA

Obesity plays a key role in the development of many health problems – including gynecomastia. If you are significantly overweight, you are much more likely to have excess body fat and excess skin. Exactly how this is distributed will vary from person to person, but nearly all men will see an increase in the amount of breast tissue that they have.

ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION COULD PLAY A ROLE IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF GYNECOMASTIA

You could be forgiven for thinking that the alcohol you drink would have no bearing on excess breast tissue, but you would be wrong. A man who has an above average alcohol consumption may not only be prone to putting on weight, which is a well-known factor in the development of gynecomastia, but could also be damaging his liver.

In doing so, you may inadvertently be interfering with the liver’s ability to convert hormones from one form to another and this could trigger breast tissue growth.

EXERCISE PROBABLY ISN’T GOING TO MAKE MUCH DIFFERENCE

Although exercise can help to reduce your overall weight and body fat content, unless your gynecomastia is entirely due to excess body fat, then you will still end up with enlarged male breasts. It is also impossible to perform a set of exercises that will cause a significant reduction in breast tissue in this exact area.

Therefore, while you might see a small improvement in the appearance of your chest, it is unlikely to be enough to help you feel at ease with its appearance and you will probably need to explore a more specific gynecomastia treatment.

gynecomastia surgeonGYNECOMASTIA SURGERY IS SIMPLER THAN YOU MIGHT EXPECT

Working with skilled gynecomastia surgeons, like Dr. Galanis, is the only real way to definitively get rid of excess male breast tissue. While many gynecomastia patients are initially put off by the thought of undergoing surgical treatment, you may be pleased to discover that gynecomastia surgery risks are low and it is not nearly as invasive or painful as you might expect.

Nearly all gynecomastia surgeries are carried out using liposuction applied to the chest area. Very minimal scarring will be encountered if liposuction is only required to be preformed by your plastic surgeon.

This is normally done while you are under the effects of general anesthesia, so you should not experience any pain. The cannula, which is attached to a long tube is inserted under the skin and saline is pumped in to help break up the fatty tissue. The tube is then attached to a vacuum so that the broken-down fat cells can be removed. The incisions used to insert the cannula are small and can be closed with just a couple of sutures.

YOU WILL STILL NEED TO GIVE YOURSELF TIME TO RECOVER

Although gynecomastia correction surgery is straightforward, and small incisions are used, you will still need to ensure that you give yourself time to recover. You will be covered with compression garments and these should be worn for the recommended time. You should also follow all post-operative instructions given to you by all board certified plastic surgeons.

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

How do I Choose the Best Gynecomastia Surgeon?

A great way for most patients to determine if they are selecting the best gynecomastia surgeons is to compare before and after photos from their photo gallery.  Board certification and which medical school they attended are also great facts to check when researching.

Should I Get In Shape Prior To Gynecomastia Surgery?

For the best outcome, when considering breast reduction surgery, you are most likely to achieve optimal natural results by losing weight before undergoing the surgery rather than afterward.

It’s important to be in good overall health with realistic expectations and trust Dr. Galanis to determine the most suitable approach for your breast reduction journey.

Is Gynecomastia Surgery Safe?

Even with meticulous gynecomastia procedure safety measures, complications may arise. These can include bruising, bleeding, fluid accumulation, contour irregularities, nipple skin loss, visible scarring, nipple numbness, inverted nipples, enlarged lymph nodes, loose breast skin, and asymmetries.

What Is The Downtime Following A Gynecomastia Procedure?

For the initial 2 weeks following the procedure, avoid any strenuous activities that elevate your blood pressure. After this period, you can gradually reintroduce increased cardio and lower body activities.

A gynecomastia expert will probably advise to wait until the 4-week mark, before allowing to resume upper body or chest workouts. This phased approach helps ensure a smoother recovery process and allows for proper healing.

 

Book Your Male Breast Reduction Consultation

If you would like to learn more about gynecomastia, or if you are already suffering the effects of excess male breast tissue and would like help and support, our friendly and discreet cosmetic surgery team would be happy to assist you.

Please contact Galanis Plastic Surgery Beverly Hills today and find out how we can help you regain the masculine physique that you deserve through plastic surgery.

 

Reference

https://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/gynecomastia-surgery/surgeon

 

 


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