For adolescents and grown men, few things are more discouraging than the development of excess breast tissue. The condition known as gynecomastia does not discriminate. According to some estimates, up to 65% of men will have enlarged breasts at some point during their lives due to factors such as weight fluctuations, hormonal imbalances and the use of some medications.
Can Gynecomastia Go Away Naturally?
Dr. Landis gets this question a lot. The answer is relatively simple. Men who are still struggling with man boobs and are past their teenage years should expect the problem to persist. If you’re over 20 with gynecomastia, the issue is likely hormonal. Now, you should consider tackling the problem with effective cosmetic measures. Here is a rundown of your options.
What Can You Do About Your Man Boobs?
Luckily, you can take different approaches to address gynecomastia. We’ll guide you through the whole process.
Explore Surgical Options
Have you spent hours doing targeted chest exercises like push-ups and chest presses, only to see little to no change in your muscle definition? The good news is that you may have a chiseled, masculine-looking chest hiding behind an accumulation of unwanted fat. Surgical options can produce a dramatic change in the chest area. There are two popular choices for surgical reduction of gynecomastia-induced breasts: liposuction and male breast reduction surgery.
When Is Liposuction Enough?
Liposuction is a straightforward procedure with minimal recovery time. Here’s how it goes:
Landis creates small incisions in the chest area.
Next, he carefully inserts a thin tube into the incisions.
He removes the unwanted fat via suction.
Liposuction’s benefits for gynecomastia include:
A recovery of only two or three days
Tiny incisions with minimal scarring
Excellent incision-to-reduction value
Liposuction is typically enough when men have developed little excess breast tissue without significant skin sagging and laxity.
When to Choose Male Breast Reduction Surgery
For a more pronounced case of gynecomastia, you may choose to have male breast reduction surgery. Here’s how the operation goes:
Landis creates an incision around the areola.
He will remove fatty tissues and excess skin.
This procedure is best suited for men experiencing significant breast tissue development, including sagging skin. Most patients can return to work within a week after the surgery.
You will not experience discomfort during the surgery. However, you should expect some swelling and bruising afterward that should resolve within two weeks. Dr. Landis will prescribe medication to ensure a comfortable recovery.
Male Breast Reduction Benefits
If you choose to reduce your breast tissue, you will enjoy a boost of confidence and self-esteem. Gynecomastia surgery can give you a toned, masculine chest you will be proud to display at the beach or poolside. Not to mention, your wardrobe choices can change from loose-fitting shirts and tops to tighter, more flattering clothes.
Learn More About Male Breast Reduction in Plymouth, MN
The decision to have male breast reduction surgery is personal. Get the necessary information and support you need to choose wisely.
Schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. George H. Landis or call (952) 562-5940 today.