Gynecomastia is a condition that causes enlarged breasts in males. This can be caused by hormonal changes, obesity, or drug use, and the discomfort it creates may cause some men to avoid physical activities and intimacy. Male breast reduction surgery reduces breast size, but how long does recovery take?
What is Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is a common disorder among boys and men. It occurs when an imbalance between testosterone and estrogen stimulates the growth of excess glandular breast tissue, resulting in abnormal swelling of the pectoral area.
The most common causes for enlarged male breast tissue include an abnormal fat deposit near the pectoral area of the chest and fluctuations in estrogen levels. Drugs or prescription medications can also cause this condition to surface.
How Long is Recovery from Gynecomastia?
The recovery process from male breast reduction surgery can vary greatly depending on the surgical technique used and the amount of tissue removed.
If you undergo a liposuction procedure, you may experience some soreness and bruising that will disappear within a week or two.
However, if there is any skin removal, Dr. Mashhadian will give you clear instructions on when you can remove your sutures and resume normal activities.
How Can I Treat Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is a condition that causes men’s breasts to grow abnormally large and become swollen with excessive amounts of tissue. In most cases, this resolves without treatment as long as there isn’t an underlying medical issue causing it, such as hypogonadism or malnutrition.
Liposuction may be ideal if your gynecomastia doesn’t go away by itself. Liposuction works by sucking out the glandular tissue around the nipple that causes excess bulk in men’s breasts.
It also reduces other fat deposits on and under the areola, leaving no scars behind. Sometimes this procedure doesn’t work alone; surgeons can perform mammoplasty simultaneously where they make a small incision near the bottom of the areola to remove glands for further reduction.
What Should I Expect During Gynecomastia Recovery?
After your gynecomastia surgery at Rodeo Surgical Art, Dr. Mashhadian will carefully apply dressings or bandages on your incisions, and you may be given an elastic support garment. A thin tube may also be placed under your skin to drain excess blood or fluid.
Dr. Mashhadian will also give you post-surgery instructions on how to take care of the surgical site to aid your recovery and prevent infection.
What are the Benefits of a Male Breast Reduction Surgery?
Male breast reduction surgery is the leading treatment for gynecomastia and is exceptionally successful. The procedure can help you:
- Enjoy a more masculine figure
- Regain your self-confidence
- Improve your posture
- Alleviate back pain
- Gain enough strength to engage in physical activities
Am I a Good Candidate for a Male Breast Reduction Surgery?
If you feel uncomfortable with your enlarged breast tissue, have a surgical procedure for gynecomastia. This surgery is an option if:
- You do not want to try alternative treatments
- Your condition cannot be corrected through other medical treatments
- The size of your breasts bothers you significantly