A firm, contoured chest is a feature that many men desire to have. However, various factors can cause the growth of excess breast tissue and fat deposits in the chest area, leaving males with the appearance of female-like breasts.
Gynecomastia is a condition that can affect men of all ages and can sometimes cause a great deal of embarrassment. The chest appearance is not always easy to correct; diet and exercise regimens may fail to produce satisfying results. Gynecomastia surgery may enhance the appearance of the male chest.
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Have More Concerns About Gynecomastia Surgery?
The amount of downtime associated with gynecomastia surgery varies for each case. The recovery period will depend on the severity of the condition and the technique used for surgery.
Most patients will need about one week of downtime, and strenuous physical activity should be avoided for at least four weeks.
The extent of scarring will depend on the techniques used during your gynecomastia surgery. Any scarring that develops can be easily concealed underneath clothing and will usually fade over time with the proper care.
You may be the right candidate for gynecomastia surgery if you meet one or more of the following criteria:
- You are at least 18 years old
- You are in good overall health
- You are close to or at your ideal weight
- You have realistic expectations about the outcome of the procedure
Many factors can cause gynecomastia in men of all ages.
Some common causes include:
- Hormonal changes
- Excessive drug and alcohol consumption
- Health conditions like hyperthyroidism
- Idiopathic, meaning it occurs for no known reason
Before gynecomastia surgery, you should be prepared to quit smoking before and after the surgery.
Smoking can produce complications during and after the surgery and can increase your chance of developing infections, loss of skin, delayed wound healing, bad scarring, and the need for further surgery—incurring additional expenses.
The results of gynecomastia surgery will not be fully apparent immediately, but the breast area will become noticeably smaller and contoured over the coming weeks and months.
Patients are typically very satisfied with their new look and can expect their results to last if they maintain a healthy diet and exercise regimen and have a normal hormonal balance.
It is important to note that gynecomastia surgery cannot prevent future breast tissue and fat development.
In some cases of gynecomastia, the weight of excess breast tissue can cause the breasts to sag, which can alter the appearance of the areola. Gynecomastia surgery, using the excision method, can improve the size and position of the areola.