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Gynecomastia Surgery

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Gynecomastia, a condition characterized by the enlargement of breast tissue in men, can be a source of self-consciousness and sometimes embarrassment for some men. It is often caused by hormonal imbalances or certain medications but it can also be a result of predisposition and lifestyle factors. Fortunately, some of these factors can be modified and improvement may be seen.  In some cases, gynecomastia surgery can be considered. This surgical procedure removes some of the breast tissue, restoring a more masculine contour of the chest.

 

It is important to note that like any surgery, gynecomastia surgery does come with some risks of complications. If you’re considering gynecomastia surgery, Dr. Gonzalez and his team will learn about your goals and provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision.  

While it is a common condition, the exact cause of gynecomastia is not always clear. Hormonal imbalances, such as changes in levels of estrogen and testosterone, can contribute to the development of excess breast tissue. Other factors, such as certain medications, predisposition, obesity, and medical conditions like liver disease, can also play a role. Understanding the causes of gynecomastia is crucial in determining your best course of treatment.

Once you go through a review of the potential causes of gynecomastia during your consultation, Dr. Gonzalez can help you understand whether modifiable factors can lead to improvement. This may require some laboratory tests and sometimes consultations with other physicians.

 

During this process Dr. Gonzalez will want to learn how the enlarged breast tissue affects you, some patients’ self-consciousness may affect their self esteem. Good candidates are typically in overall good health, are nicotine free or willing to quit, and have realistic expectations about the procedure’s outcomes.

Enlarged male breast tissue can sometimes lead to discomfort and a lack of confidence, especially in social or intimate situations. Dr. Gonzalez’s approach with gynecomastia surgery is to restore a more masculine appearance of the chest. 

The process begins with a consultation with Dr. Gonzalez to evaluate potential causes of gynecomastia and whether you are a good candidate for surgery. The exact surgery technique used will depend on your anatomy and the underlying cause of the gynecomastia. The procedure may require general anesthesia and in some patients it can be done with sedation and local anesthetic.

 

After the surgery, you will be given specific instructions for your recovery.  It’s important to follow these instructions to ensure optimal results.

During your recovery, it is crucial to closely follow Dr. Gonzalez’s instructions for optimal healing and to ensure that the results of your procedure are long-lasting. You may experience some discomfort, swelling, and bruising in the treated area. Dr. Gonzalez will provide guidance on what activities to avoid in order to allow for adequate healing and prevent complications that may affect your result.

 

You will be advised to wear a compression garment to improve swelling. Dr. Gonzalez will schedule follow-up appointments to monitor your progress and evaluate your healing. It is important to keep a healthy lifestyle and maintain a stable weight to prevent the recurrence of gynecomastia.

It is important to understand the risks and benefits of gynecomastia surgery.  These will be reviewed by Dr. Gonzalez and you will also receive recommendations on modifications that can decrease some risks. Remaining nicotine free during recovery will allow for adequate healing.

In some cases, the gynecomastia is primarily due to fat and not glandular tissue.  Weight loss and exercise might help reduce its appearance. Addressing underlying causes, such as discontinuing certain medications, may also help. For many, though, surgery remains the most effective and long-lasting solution.  Dr. Gonzalez can discuss some non-surgical options with you if you’re a candidate.

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FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

It typically takes several weeks to months to see the final results of gynecomastia surgery. The healing process varies among individuals, but most patients should expect to see significant improvement within 3 to 6 months after the procedure.

Yes, gynecomastia can come back after surgery. Although the recurrence rate is low, it is still possible due to factors like hormonal imbalances, weight gain, or the presence of residual breast tissue.

The options for anesthesia during the surgery include general anesthesia, or local anesthesia with sedation. During your consultation Dr. Gonzalez will review what approach you are a candidate for depending on the technique used.

Yes, there are alternative treatments for gynecomastia besides surgery. They include hormone therapy, medication, and lifestyle changes such as exercise and weight loss. However, the effectiveness of these options may vary for your specific situation.

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