At Ann Arbor Plastic Surgery, we understand how men feel about their physiques and the distinct concerns they have for approaching surgical resolutions.
Men typically have a few goals:
- Look good in a T-shirt
- Feel comfortable with their shirt off
- Have hidden incisions so they don’t have to explain the surgery to anyone
- Minimize the recovery time
A consultation with the surgeons of Ann Arbor Plastic Surgery enables the surgeon to realize the manner of the breasts that have developed and to select the best option for male breast reduction, whether that encompasses liposuction, gynecomastia surgery, or a combination of liposuction and gynecomastia surgery. Fat alone, in some cases, may be the issue behind the appearance of chest. The removal will result in a flatter chest.
Men who develop breast tissue know that the condition may eventually resolve on its own shortly after puberty, but if the enlarged tissue does not recede after puberty, liposuction is a treatment option, as well as liposuction with excision of tissue through a nipple incision.
Gynecomastia, also known as male breast enlargement, may be aesthetically embarrassing, often causing patients to avoid taking their shirt off at the beach or at the gym.
Liposuction can alter the appearance and feel of a male’s chest by removing fatty tissue. Though such a procedure leaves the gland tissue intact, it physically reduces the size of breasts that have developed. This noticeably impacts a man’s physical profile by flattening the chest and can help clothing to fit better.
What Causes Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is caused by hormone imbalance, though that can be due to a range of causes, including:
- Steroid ingestion in body builders
- Medical conditions
- Ingestion of natural, estrogen-heavy substances
Basically, anything that pushes testosterone levels down or estrogen levels up in males can trigger gynecomastia.
Transitional times in a male’s life when hormones fluctuate naturally—including just after birth, during puberty, and in older years—can prompt breast tissue to grow. This enlargement may be temporary or permanent. Adult men whose gynecomastia does not go away on its own may consider liposuction to treat the issue.
Adult men are also more likely to be taking medications that might contribute to the hormone imbalance, including drugs used to help with prostate conditions, some steroids, AIDS treatments, Valium and other anti-anxiety medications, some anti-depressants, certain heart and ulcer medications, chemotherapy, and even antibiotics. Illegal drugs, too, can trigger hormone shifts, as can alcohol.
Certain health issues that cause gynecomastia may lead to its reversal if they stop, but liposuction may be the desired option if the breast enlargement does not go away on its own. Anyone struggling with gynecomastia and considering liposuction should speak with a qualified and experienced doctor who can correctly diagnose the condition, help to identify its cause, and recommend a course of action that can lead to its resolution.
Other Information About Liposuction
Patients should know that gynecomastia is a medical condition that is separate from having an abundance of chest fat that creates the appearance of breasts. Liposuction can still help in such a case, as it is simply a fat reduction procedure. Occasionally, Dr. Malhotra will use a special endoscopic shaver to remove breast tissue without a full incision.
The simplest type of male breast reduction involves the use of liposuction. Generally younger males with good skin elasticity are a good candidate for this option. Your plastic surgeon creates tiny incisions in order to pass the thin, hollow metal cannula through to reduce the fat that causes the enlarged breast tissue. The cannula is attached to a suction device that removes the excess fatty tissue. During the completion of the procedure, your surgeon carefully closes the incisions to ensure the best results after healing so that the scars are virtually unnoticeable.
The male breast reduction procedure is performed as an outpatient surgery. Any drains that may be placed at the time of surgery will be removed within a day after surgery. Sutures do not need to be removed as they are absorbable. This technique has enhanced post-operative comfort and patient satisfaction.
The antibiotics that were prescribed during your preoperative visit should be taken as directed post-surgery. The pain medication prescribed during your pre-operative visit should be taken fairly regularly, as prescribed, during the first 24 hours when awake for best comfort post-operatively. Most patients find that they are able to shift to Tylenol after a few days.
What to Expect
Post-operatively some swelling will be present, but you will notice the change in your breast size immediately. Over the next few weeks the swelling will steadily diminish. Wearing the compression garment for approximately three weeks following surgery is encouraged as this will help to reduce swelling. You can expect to be able to return to all sports related or exercise activities within three weeks.
Get answers to questions about gynecomastia and how liposuction can help treat the problem from Dr. Pramit Malhotra and his staff in Michigan. Schedule a consultation or call to learn more.