Gynecomastia in Houston, TX

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what is Gynecomastia?

At Plastic Surgery of Houston, we perform male breast reduction surgery to remove excess fat and tissue from the breast(s) caused by gynecomastia. While the cause of gynecomastia is unknown, most medical professionals believe it is related to an imbalance of estrogen and testosterone in the male body. Many men with this condition feel less confident and are too  embarrassed to remove their shirt in public. Houston, TX board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Jay Shenaq's skillful hands can sculpt the chest to look more masculine, and the result can be a more muscular, toned chest that restores confidence and self-esteem.

do i qualify for gynecomastia surgery?

The best candidates for male breast reduction surgery have been diagnosed with gynecomastia and have tried other treatments such as diet, exercise, or medication. The most favorable candidates are those who are in good health but need assistance getting rid of excess fat and tissue in the breasts. Patients with other medical conditions should discuss their medical history thoroughly with a surgeon prior to surgery.

how does gynecomastia surgery work?

A male breast reduction surgery is an effective method of treatment for gynecomastia. Usually performed as an outpatient procedure with local anesthesia, the surgeon will use a combination of liposuction and tissue excision to decrease the size of the breasts and remove any unnecessary fat and tissue. Using liposuction, fat is removed through small incisions made on each side of the chest, at the edge of the areola, or within the armpit, depending on the best and safest technique to meet your cosmetic needs.

what to expect after gynecomastia surgery

Gynecomastia can affect one or both of the breasts, in different ways. In most cases, it is not a serious condition, but it can cause some physical ailments such as back pain and emotional stress from embarrassment. Male breast reduction surgery not only removes excess breast tissue, but also sculpts the chest for a more masculine look. In more severe cases of gynecomastia, patients may require a tissue excision. During a tissue excision, the surgeon is able to remove more tissue and skin than with liposuction alone.

Following male breast reduction surgery, no matter the technique used, you will experience bruising and swelling on and around the chest area for the first couple of weeks. Although you may feel sore after surgery, this will subside after a few days. Some men may experience a loss of sensation in the chest area, but this is only temporary. Each patient will experience a different healing process and should follow the surgeon’s care instructions for optimal results.

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Although gynecomastia is a common condition that is not life-threatening, it may cause you to feel insecure about your appearance. If you suffer from gynecomastia and are considering male breast reduction surgery, please schedule a consultation to learn more about your treatment options. We will work closely with you to create a care plan that best suits your needs and cosmetic goals.