What is Gynecomastia?
The enlargement of male breast tissue is called gynecomastia. The swollen appearance of the breasts may be caused by an excess of fat, glandular tissue, or both. While gynecomastia doesn’t pose a health threat to men, it can have an adverse impact on self-esteem and may cause extensive embarrassment and self-consciousness.
What causes Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia may be caused by a hormone imbalance, genetics, excess weight, drug use, or age. Some men suffer from gynecomastia their whole lives, while others may experience onset during their teen or older years.
Enlarged male breasts that don’t go away with time or exercise can effectively be treated with gynecomastia surgery. Dr. Talbott works with every gynecomastia patient to create a personalized treatment plan. Liposuction may be used if the patient’s gynecomastia is caused by excess fat, giving the pectorals a firm and contoured appearance.
In severe cases of gynecomastia, the weight of excess breast tissue may cause the breasts to sag and stretch the areola (the dark skin surrounding the nipple). In these cases, the position and size of the areola can also be surgically improved and excess skin may be reduced.
Recovery from Gynecomastia Surgery
The recovery time for gynecomastia surgery depends upon the extent of the procedure. Some bruising and discomfort is normal in the days following gynecomastia surgery. Most gynecomastia surgery patients can return to their daily routine within three days of surgery, although strenuous activities and exercise should be avoided for at least three weeks.
For more information or to find out if gynecomastia surgery is right for you, contact the Talbott Plastic Surgery Center.