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Gynecomastia Surgery In Newport Beach, Orange County, CA

Also known as male breast reduction, gynecomastia surgery helps men who have enlarged breasts and puffy nipples that are caused by a medical condition. The goal of the surgery is to create a more masculine chest profile by removing male breast tissue and fat.

Gynecomastia is a condition that only affects men. Orange County Plastic Surgery also offers breast reduction surgery for women.

What Is Gynecomastia?

Adolescent males may develop breast buds during puberty which are defined by enlarged breasts and puffy nipples. In most cases, the breast buds disappear once the hormone levels stabilize. There are some cases when the breast buds persist into adulthood. Diet and exercise do not help with enlarged male breasts because gynecomastia is not associated with excess weight. Men who are at their ideal weight can have enlarged breasts. Instead, gynecomastia is the presence of excess breast tissue and fat.

What Is Gynecomastia?

The first step towards addressing enlarged breasts in men is to ensure that there are no underlying medical conditions or other contributing factors. Once these factors are considered, a physical examination reveals the presence of excess breast tissue and fat.

How Is Gynecomastia Diagnosed?

There are several reasons why a man may have gynecomastia. It is most often associated with imbalances between testosterone and estrogen in the body. Other reasons why a man may develop enlarged breasts include:

  • Side effects of medications
  • Drug and alcohol use
  • Certain medical conditions
  • Anabolic steroid use

How Is Gynecomastia Surgery Performed?

Male chest surgery for gynecomastia involves removing excess breast tissue and fat. Breast tissue is removed by making an incision from the bottom of the areola to the breast crease and a second incision along the breast crease. The skin is pulled taut, and the excess skin is removed with a scalpel.

If you have enlarged nipples or large areola, this can be remedied during the surgery as well. The large areola on a male is reduced by removing part of the darker skin tissue. Male nipple surgery involves removing some of the tissue to create a more suitable nipple size and shape.

Some cases of gynecomastia can be treated with male chest fat removal via liposuction alone. Liposuction may also be used to refine the results of your male breast reduction procedure.

Gynecomastia Surgery Recovery And Results

Gynecomastia surgery recovery typically takes one to two weeks. You will need to rest and avoid any strenuous activities until the tissue is completely healed. Expect to have some swelling, tenderness, bruising, and discomfort during recovery from male breast reduction surgery.

Monitor the incisions for any signs of infection, such as redness, warmth, and itching. The incisions start to heal right away. Initially, the scar line is a pink or tan color. It takes up to 12 months for the scar to heal completely. Gynecomastia surgery scars will be slightly darker than the surrounding skin.

Male breast reduction surgery is considered a permanent solution for gynecomastia. It is important to note that any changes to your weight may affect the size and shape of your breasts. Diet and exercise should help you prevent new fat from developing in your chest area. In very rare cases, new breast tissue develops, and subsequent surgery may be recommended.

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Gynecomastia FAQ

Does Gynecomastia Grow Back After Surgery?

In most cases, surgery is a permanent solution for gynecomastia. There are rare cases in which new breast tissue forms in men after gynecomastia surgery.

Is Gyno Surgery Risky?

As with any surgery, gyno surgery does carry some risk. It is important that you be in good health prior to the procedure, and that you follow all of the aftercare instructions.

What Are The Disadvantages Of Gynecomastia Surgery?

The primary disadvantage of gyno surgery is that you will have scars. The scar lines are fairly difficult to notice.

Does Gyno Surgery Leave Scars?

Gyno surgery does produce scars. Liposuction for gynecomastia produces very tiny scars, but the scars are more significant for procedures that involve removing breast tissue.

Can I Build Muscle After Gynecomastia Surgery?

You can build muscle after gynecomastia surgery. The procedure does not require any changes to the muscle structure. It only involves removing excess breast tissue and fat.

Post Operational Instructions

After undergoing plastic surgery, following the postoperative instructions provided by your surgeon is crucial for optimal healing and recovery. These instructions may include caring for the surgical site, managing pain, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It is important to keep the surgical area clean, take prescribed medications as directed, rest and avoid strenuous activities, and adhere to a balanced diet while staying hydrated.

Attending follow-up appointments will allow your surgeon to monitor your progress and provide further guidance, ensuring a successful outcome from your plastic surgery procedure.

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