The development of gynecomastia in men can be seen in infancy, puberty, and middle-aged to older men, and this condition is often resistant to diet and exercise. Gynecomastia may be caused by a hormone imbalance and the relative excess of estrogen, or it may be a side effect of certain medications or drug abuse.
Men suffering from gynecomastia tend to be insecure about their bodies. Gynecomastia can make it uncomfortable to participate in activities involving showing the chest, such as swimming or going to the beach.
To correct gynecomastia, patients have the option of undergoing male breast reduction, known as gynecomastia surgery, to restore their natural masculine chest appearance.
Gynecomastia surgery is performed to remove stubborn excess fat, glandular breast tissue, and skin. Depending on the patient, this may require employing liposuction and/or skin tightening.
Liposuction for gynecomastia surgery removes fat through an incision either along the areola or within the armpit. Excess glandular tissue can also be excised to sculpt the chest contours. If needed, skin can be trimmed and tightened to provide firmness to the chest area.
After surgery, patients will be sore for a few days with minimal pain. To enhance the patient’s comfort and help the chest heal, a compression garment is recommended to be worn throughout the recovery process. Typically, patients may return to work or school within a few days but should refrain from exercise for three weeks.
Overall, gynecomastia surgery can help to restore a man’s confidence. Once fully recovered, gynecomastia patients can expect a flatter and firmer chest contour. They will notice a significant improvement in the shape and appearance of their chest.
The results of gynecomastia surgery are meant to be permanent; the fat, glandular tissue, and skin are gone for good. However, weight gain, steroid use, and certain medications could result in a recurrence of gynecomastia. It is important that patients maintain a healthy lifestyle with a proper diet and regular exercise for lasting results.
If you are ready to gain your confidence back with gynecomastia surgery, please contact the office of Dr. Louis A. Bonaldi by calling (775) 828-7400 or filling out our online contact form.