Gynecomastia is a condition where men develop excess glandular breast tissue. Because it makes them feel intensely self-conscious, many men with gynecomastia often feel like they have to never take their shirts off, limit their visits to the pool, or even wear multiple shirts to hide their chests. There are multiple causes for gynecomastia: hormonal changes, certain medications, drug and alcohol use, aging, and other more serious health conditions like tumors or hyperthyroidism. Currently, the best treatment for gynecomastia is male breast reduction surgery.
Naperville plastic surgeon Dr. Burt offers male breast reduction surgery, the most effective gynecomastia treatment to date. The reduction of the amount of excess tissue and skin will give you the flat, masculine chest you have always desired.
Male breast reduction surgery for gynecomastia involves the extraction of excess fat and tissue. Dr. Burt often combines this with liposuction for best results. In cases where gynecomastia is very mild, a liposuction procedure alone may deliver satisfactory results.
Are You a Candidate for Gynecomastia Surgery?
If you are embarrassed about your gynecomastia condition or your enlarged chest area, you are likely a good candidate for this male breast reduction. If you are overweight in addition to your gynecomastia condition, you may want to delay the surgery until you have achieved your ideal weight. Fluctuations in your weight can greatly affect the outcome of gynecomastia surgery. Treatment will be more effective if your weight has stabilized. After seeing you at your initial consultation, Dr. Burt will determine if it is the right time to undergo the procedure to treat your gynecomastia. She will also examine your medical history closely in order to prevent any complications during the operation and recovery. If Dr. Burt deems you as a candidate for gynecomastia surgery, you will be thoroughly educated on male breast reduction, and your surgery date will be set as soon as you are ready.
Dr. Burt performs gynecomastia surgery under general anesthesia or IV sedation. She first makes small incisions at the edge of the areola or under the armpit, depending on the amount of excess glandular tissue that she needs to remove. She then uses the liposuction technique to suction out excess fat. If this is not enough, she then manually removes any excess tissue and trims the skin if necessary. Dr. Burt will then suture the remaining skin in place at the incision site. The entire procedure generally lasts less than two hours.
What to Expect During Recovery
Immediately after gynecomastia surgery, you may feel sore. Dr. Burt will give you some pain medication for any discomfort. Also, Dr. Burt will monitor you for some time, after which you are free to go home. You will wear a compression garment and soft foam pads for about three days after your gynecomastia surgery. You can return to work and resume all normal activities within one week. You will see the results of your gynecomastia surgery within four to six weeks and may require extended compression garment wear. During your recovery, Dr. Burt will see you on a regular basis to monitor your progress and answer any questions and/or concerns that you may have.