Plastic Surgeon Offers Options for Gynecomastia in Men
What is Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia in men is a common medical condition that results in breast enlargement. Men with enlarged are often misdiagnosed as being overweight or out of shape and given instructions for how to use exercise and diet to tone the chest area to reduce breast enlargement. For many men, this begins a frustrating cycle of seeing little to no results in shaping their breast area, leaving them to feel less confident about their bodies.
What is Gynecomastia Surgery?
Gynecomastia surgery is a specialized type of male breast reduction that is offered for men in New Orleans, Metairie and surrounding areas of Louisiana.
1. Liposuction for Mild Cases of Gynecomastia in Men
Some cases of enlarged breasts in men are linked to small pockets of fat in and around the breasts. To minimize the amount of tissue trauma and recovery that is needed, Dr. Sadeghi opts for liposuction as a standalone procedure. Fat localization is only one consideration. If you do not have good skin elasticity, surgery is the best option.
2. Surgery for Moderate Cases of Gynecomastia in Men
Moderate cases of gynecomastia involve generalized fat and excess tissues in and around the breast area of a man’s chest. It also involves men with skin laxity that is caused by aging or stretching of the skin that may occur with being overweight.
3. Combination of Surgery and Liposuction for Advanced Cases of Gynecomastia in Men
More advanced cases of gynecomastia involve pockets of fat, as well as excess tissues. In these cases, Dr. Sadeghi opts for a combination of surgery and liposuction. The surgery resolves most of the concerns but can leave bulges of fat that are best removed with liposuction.
How is Gynecomastia Surgery Performed?
Surgical removal of excess tissue in the breast area of men is performed by making incisions in the armpit area, around the areola and/or in the crease at the base of the breast. Once the incisions are made, Dr. Sadeghi removes excess skin, fat and breast tissue to reshape the breast and create a more masculine contour.
Liposuction may be performed at the time of the surgery, which may require additional incisions. Liposuction is performed by inserting a hollow tube through small incisions. The fat is dislodged and removed via suction.
How Much Does Gynecomastia Surgery Cost?
Gynecomastia surgery cost varies based on the extent of the surgery and technique. Gynecomastia surgery insurance coverage is not an option, as this is considered an elective procedure. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost of gynecomastia surgery, or male breast reduction, in 2018 was $3,978, excluding any facility costs, anesthesia services and other necessary aspects of the procedure. We are happy to provide a more detailed cost estimate for you. Contact Sadeghi Center for Plastic Surgery at (504) 322-7435 to schedule a consultation and find out more information about the cost of gynecomastia surgery.
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What Should I Expect During Recovery from Gynecomastia Surgery?
Recovery from gynecomastia surgery based on whether you need to have tissue removed or if liposuction is an adequate solution. Recovery from surgery can take one to two weeks. During this time, fluid may build up in the tissues, and this can cause swelling and tenderness. Dr. Sadeghi will recommend compression garments to reduce inflammation and ease your recovery. Exercise and other strenuous activities must be avoided during this time.
Recovery from gynecomastia surgery with liposuction alone is less extensive than surgical removal of tissues.
Does Gynecomastia Surgery Cause Scars?
You will have scars after you heal from gynecomastia surgery. Scars from surgical excision are placed to hide the scars as much as possible. These scars begin with a slightly pink color and fade to match your natural skin color, but the scars are visible even when fully healed. Liposuction scars are small enough that people only notice them upon close inspection of your skin.
Why Choose Dr. Sadeghi for Gynecomastia Surgery?
Dr. Sadeghi is a double-board certified plastic surgeon who specializes in gynecomastia surgery for men. When choosing a surgeon for the procedure, it is important that the surgeon have experience with male breast reduction to ensure that a masculine shape is preserved.
Why Should I Consider Gynecomastia Treatment?
Gynecomastia treatment is recommended for many reasons.
1. Restore Masculine Appearance to the Breast and Chest Area
Breasts are considered a feminine feature. As such, men with enlarged breasts for any reason are considered to have more feminine qualities. Dr. Sadeghi not only corrects the enlarged breasts, but he also works to restore a masculine shape to the chest area. Our gynecomastia before and after pictures highlight how the procedure works to restore the chest area.
2. Increase Satisfaction with Efforts to Eat Right and Stay Active
Eating right and exercising needs to be a satisfying effort that shows results, or men will lose interest. Because gynecomastia is a medical condition, men cannot control breast shape with any amount of exercise. After surgery, men feel more in control of their physiques and recharged to dedicate their energy to eating healthy and maintaining a great physique.
3. Boost Confidence on One’s Appearance
Men pay special attention to how they look, and they commit time to taking care of themselves. When their efforts fall short, their self-esteem can be eroded. Gynecomastia surgery gives many men the extra boost of confidence that they need to follow a healthy lifestyle and feel good about how they look.
Is Gynecomastia Surgery Right for Me?
Gynecomastia risk factors have not been identified in the field of medicine. It is believed to be linked to genetics in some way. The condition does not pose any medical concerns, and the surgery is recommended for aesthetic purposes.
Gynecomastia Surgery FAQs
Here are some of the most common questions about gynecomastia surgery for men:
How painful is gynecomastia surgery?
You should experience only mild discomfort after your gynecomastia surgery. If you do have pain, it can be managed with non-prescription pain medications. We will explain which OTC medications are best for use after gynecomastia surgery.
Will gynecomastia surgery change the size of my areola or nipples?
Gynecomastia surgery is not intended for reducing the size of your nipples or areola. If you would like to include these options, discuss your concerns with Dr. Sadeghi during the consultation.
Will gynecomastia surgery help with poor muscle definition?
Gynecomastia surgery does not change the muscle structure in the chest area. You will need to continue exercising to create more definition.
How can I maintain the results of my gynecomastia surgery?
The best way to sustain the results of your gynecomastia surgery is to live a healthy and active lifestyle. Muscle tone and fat burning will help keep the area toned.
What other procedures should I consider with gynecomastia surgery?
If you have excess fat in your chest area, you may also have fat in other areas of your torso, such as the abdomen, back and flanks. Dr. Sadeghi may recommend a combination of procedures for your surgical appointment. Contact Sadeghi Center for Plastic Surgery at (504) 322-7435 to learn more about our services.
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