Because of weight gain or natural genetics, the male body can accumulate fatty deposits above the pectoral muscles.
Male breast reduction, or gynecomastia surgery, can be an excellent surgical treatment for men uncomfortable with the look of their chest.
At our San Antonio, TX, practice, Dr. Constance Barone uses her artistic eye and surgical precision to create smoother, flatter chests.
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Causes of Gynecomastia
Gynecomastia, or breast enlargement in males, may develop in newborns, boys going through puberty, or men. Most male infants are born with enlarged breasts due to exposure to the mother's estrogen. The effects of the estrogen typically wears off quickly, and swelling typically goes down in two to three weeks.
Hormone changes during puberty, such as an imbalance of testosterone and estrogen, can cause gynecomastia, but swelling of the male breast typically goes away after a few months to a couple of years.
In men, gynecomastia is more common due to:
- Reduced testosterone
- Anti-androgens to treat prostate cancer
- Use of anabolic steroids
Some patients are concerned that gynecomastia is a sign of breast cancer. Though the risk is extremely low, we will discuss these concerns during your consultation at our San Antonio practice and ensure that you are healthy before proceeding with treatment.
How Is a Gynecomastia Performed?
Dr. Barone artfully adjusts her surgical technique to address each man's unique body shape and goals. Gynecomastia surgery may involve simple liposuction alone, or may also include the removal of excess skin tissue.
Dr. Barone is specially trained to perform the 4D hi-def VASER® LipoSelection technique. This approach more precisely removes fat from the treatment area than traditional liposuction. It also results in less severe side effects and a faster recovery period.
VASER LipoSelection uses an ultrasound-assisted cannula to remove fatty deposits from the pectoral area. This tool is unique because it uses ultrasound waves to liquefy fibrous fat tissues. Once the excess fat has been liquefied, our surgeon gently suctions it out, creating a smoother, flatter chest area.
If a man has excess breast tissue and skin that contributes to his undesirable pectoral contours, our surgeon can surgically remove it. Often performed in conjunction with liposuction, Dr. Barone uses small incisions for this procedure and is usually able to hide scars in the darkly colored skin of the areola. To find out if liposuction, tissue removal, or a combination of the two is right for you, contact our San Antonio, TX, practice to schedule your initial consultation.
The Awake Technique
For both liposuction and tissue removal, Dr. Barone uses the awake technique. Rather than using general anesthesia or IV sedation, patients are given a local anesthetic and are kept awake during their treatments. Patients will feel no pain, and can recover in our offices much faster than with IV sedation.
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Healing from Surgery
Following gynecomastia liposuction, men can return to normal physical activities the next day. Side effects can include slight soreness and bruising, and some drainage during the first night following surgery. This is an excellent procedure for men with small to medium amounts of fat deposits in the breast area who want a procedure with fast recovery, minimal to no scarring, and great results.
Tissue Removal Recovery
Men who undergo surgical breast tissue removal have a longer period of recovery than those who undergo liposuction alone. Patients will be required to wear a vest for a day following surgery, and are asked to refrain from vigorous activities for two weeks. During a follow-up appointment, Dr. Barone will make sure that the individual is healing properly, and determine when regular exercise and other activities can resume.