Gynecomastia is the medical term for abnormal breast enlargement in men and refers to an excess of breast tissue, often caused by hormonal changes related to the male hormone testosterone. This condition can be challenging to correct on your own, but it can be treated using surgery if necessary.
Gynecomastia can result from hormonal changes in men who aren’t even taking any hormones but instead are using drugs, steroids, or other medication. It also frequently occurs in overweight men who have excess fat in the chest area. Similarly, it can result as a side effect of certain medicines. However, even if it is moderate to severe, surgery can effectively treat gynecomastia.
How Do I Know if I Have Gynecomastia?
A few primary symptoms can let you know whether you have gynecomastia. The condition is usually characterized by small, firm tissue growth under the skin of your chest. It is also common to notice that your nipple area has become larger. Similarly, the skin becomes stiffer, darker, and thicker. Gynecomastia can affect one breast or both, and commonly arises during puberty to a small degree, which often self-corrects with age.
Surgery to Correct Gynecomastia
The primary treatment for gynecomastia is surgery. Several types of surgeries can be used, including liposuction and excision. Liposuction is when excess fat is removed from underneath the skin directly. On the other hand, excision refers to the surgical removal of breast tissue. These surgical options can effectively correct gynecomastia, although they work differently and have different effects on your body.
Your surgeon will determine the best treatment plan depending on the amount of tissue that needs to be corrected. During preparation for the surgery, you should stop taking drugs that can cause gynecomastia and avoid using anabolic steroids for as long as your doctor recommends you do so. If you need hormonal therapy, you may want to consider waiting for a couple of months after the surgery is performed. It’s also vital that you carefully follow all instructions given by the surgeon so that the treatment is most effective. The procedure may be performed under general anesthesia, or the liposuction procedure can be performed using local anesthesia and oral sedation.
Recovery After Male Breast Reduction
While the results of gynecomastia surgery vary from man to man, most men can go back to their everyday lives within a short period, usually two weeks to one month. However, you should regularly follow up with your doctor for checkups for a few weeks.
Gynecomastia Surgery Complications
In rare cases, you may experience complications. These complications may include skin discoloration, contour irregularities, loose chest skin, asymmetries, visible scarring, and temporary numbness in the nipple and breast area. However, this does not affect your ability to live your life normally. It’s essential to have a detailed surgical technique and postoperative care for better outcomes.
Do You Need Help with Gynecomastia?
If you’re experiencing these symptoms or want to learn more about your options for male breast reduction results, contact Dr. Kovanada of Kovanda Aesthetic Surgery in Minneapolis, MN. Our experienced gynecomastia plastic surgeon can provide you with a detailed diagnosis and the answers that you need to feel confident in the appearance of your chest again. Fill out our online contact form today to schedule your consultation.