Gynecomastia is a condition where men develop enlarged breast tissue. It’s a surprisingly common issue that affects men of all ages, with typical symptoms that include puffy breasts, excess skin, or a sagging chest. Men who want to combat this condition can choose plastic surgery to create a smoother, more masculine chest.
In general, development of excess male breast tissue is caused by weight gain, hormonal changes, and certain medical conditions and medications. It’s not caused entirely by fat; for some men, this happens independently of their weight. In that case, the enlargement is due to an excess of fibrous breast tissue—a symptom usually caused by hormonal changes or a medical condition.
Depending on the cause of the condition and its severity, Dr. Waltzman personalizes treatment to create a more masculine chest contour that’s fitting for male patients.
Dr. Waltzman understands that this issues can drastically affect a man’s pride and self-confidence; when men don’t seem to have a strong, sculpted chest, it can affect their sense of masculinity. It’s why Dr. Waltzman will treat your case with sensitivity and care. He’ll create a specialized treatment plan for each patient and ensure your surgery outcomes look natural.
What Gynecomastia Surgery Can Do
For many men, the ideal chest is lean, muscular, and chiseled. Feminized features created by the excess of fat and tissue on the chest can still make men feel less confident. To help patients restore their confidence, surgery is provided to remove excess breast tissue, skin, and fat from the chest. If needed, the nipples can also be resized and repositioned to a more normal state.
Dr. Waltzman understands full well the intricacies involved with male plastic surgery; Dr. Waltzman’s command of human anatomy and artistry allows him to create results that fit well with the male form.
How Your Surgery Is Planned
During your consultation, Dr. Waltzman will take detailed measurements and thoroughly analyze the elasticity of your tissues. He’ll take note of your aesthetic goals and collaborate with you on a treatment plan that will work with your unique body.
Am I Qualified for Treatment?
Patients should be in relatively good health with no major conditions that can interfere with the surgery. Before you move on to your surgery, Dr. Waltzman will make sure that you’re not suffering from any condition that could create complications after the surgery. That’s why patients should also be willing to quit smoking at least 4-6 weeks before and after their procedure – nicotine can compromise the skin’s ability to heal after surgery.
In the end, the most important qualification for a patient is that they have realistic expectations for what surgery can do.
How Gynecomastia Surgery Is Performed
Your procedure will be performed in a Long Beach hospital under general anesthesia.
Dr. Waltzman will perform a combination of liposuction and excision to sculpt the chest. If the condition had created extra fatty tissue, then Dr. Waltzman will only perform liposuction. But, if there’s dense glandular tissue in the breasts, then Dr. Waltzman will recommend excision as well.
If he’s excising tissue, Dr. Waltzman will usually create an incision around the lower half of the areola. He’ll then remove the fibrous breast tissue and any excess skin.
If Dr. Waltzman is performing liposuction, he’ll create a few small incisions around the breast and insert a cannula (a small tube) through the incisions. He’ll move the cannula back and forth to remove the fatty tissue. After liposuction, the skin should shrink back into a more chiseled form.
As we’ve mentioned before, your procedure will depend on the severity of your case. In cases of severe sagging, Dr. Waltzman may need to create an incision around the areola and nipple and move it to a higher position.
Your gynecomastia surgery will result in some scarring on the chest, but they’ll be well hidden around the areola. If you do indeed undergo liposuction, this will result in a few small scars, but by the time they heal they’ll only resemble a line about the length of a pencil eraser.
In addition to strategically placing each incision, Dr. Waltzman will also reduce tension on the incisions—a sure way to help the scars heal in the best possible manner.
Your Recovery from Gynecomastia Surgery
Dr. Waltzman will give patients a personalized post-surgery guide. He’ll also have the patient follow a schedule of in-office visits.
Most patients take around 2 weeks off from work to recover from surgery. If you have a more physical job, Dr. Waltzman recommends even longer. You’ll have to wear a compression garment for a few weeks to help shape the chest and decrease the amount of swelling.
You’ll experience some level of swelling, bruising, and soreness, but many patients report that they feel better than expected after surgery. Still, it’s important to allow your body to heal and to follow Dr. Waltzman’s instructions.
When all else has failed, surgery can help you attain the figure that reflects how you feel. Don’t trust anyone else for this critical procedure. Contact Waltzman Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery for a consultation with a surgeon with extensive experience with gynecomastia treatment in Long Beach.