Don’t let gynecomastia or male breasts interfere with your self-confidence and social activities. Men and boys living in Houston, Sugar Land, Katy, and nearby areas in Texas can benefit from gynecomastia treatment provided by renowned plastic surgeon Dr. Olga Bachilo at Glamour Plastic Surgery and Med Spa in Houston.
Male Gynecomastia Removal Surgery in Houston, TX
What Is Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia or “male breasts” refers to a medical condition that commonly affects men and boys, in which the breasts become over-developed, exhibiting an accumulation of excess fatty tissue in the pectoral region, and in some cases increased development of glandular tissue. Gynecomastia may affect one or both breasts and, while not a serious medical condition, often produces feelings of insecurity and compromised self-esteem in teen boys and men. Some men and boys may avoid certain social settings, such as swimming or playing sports, due to embarrassment caused by gynecomastia.
What Causes Gynecomastia?
The causes of Gynecomastia may include genetics, hormonal imbalances, obesity, or the use of certain medications. The condition may be a purely cosmetic issue in many cases, but a qualified physician must evaluate patients in order to rule out any potentially serious underlying medical conditions prior to treating the cosmetic issue.
Male breast reduction, or treatment for gynecomastia, can eliminate the problem of excess fat in the pectoral region, sculpting a more toned and contoured chest. The procedure may be performed surgically, or in less serious cases, using liposuction. In some cases, the nipple must be moved or reconstructed. Most patients after undergoing treatment for gynecomastia report improvements in their physical appearance, the way their clothes fit, and their self-confidence.
Gynecomastia Surgery Consultation and Planning
Once you make up your mind to undergo the gynecomastia procedure, choose a plastic surgeon who has plenty of experience with this procedure to help you prepare for the procedure and advise you of any other procedures you may want to combine with the gynecomastia treatment in order to achieve a fully satisfying new body contour. At your intake consultation with Dr. Bachilo, she will answer all your questions and inform you of the risks and benefits, as well as possible complications that may arise from this surgery. As with any cosmetic procedure, it is important that you maintain realistic expectations regarding the outcome of the procedure. Prepare yourself ahead of time by viewing several before and after pictures of the procedure so you can see what you can reasonably expect. Dr. Bachilo will advise you to refrain from smoking, as well as temporarily suspending any blood-thinning medications, anti-inflammatory drugs, and NSAIDs as you prepare for your surgery. She will also perform a thorough examination of your breast tissue and recommend the most appropriate treatment options for you.
The Male Breast Reduction Procedure
Dr. Bachilo will assess your condition and outline the various options available for treating gynecomastia, including liposuction, surgical excision, and skin tightening techniques. Together, the two of you will decide which options are most suitable for your condition. If it turns out that your case of gynecomastia is simply a product of weight gain and accumulation of body fat, liposuction may be sufficient to treat your condition. Surgical excision treatment may instead be indicated only if you also have excess development of glandular tissue in the pectoral region, or if you will need to have excess skin removed during the procedure.
If you do require surgery, it will be performed using a neatly camouflaged incision located on the edge of the nipple and areola area. Occasionally, the nipple may be repositioned in order to create a more attractive and proportional appearance. Some patients may benefit from a combined treatment that includes both liposuction and excision surgery to remove glandular tissue and excess skin, producing a taut, streamlined chest that emphasizes a more masculine-looking appearance.
Male Breast Reduction Recovery
Immediately after the procedure, your chest may feel sore and swollen, and you must either wear a compression garment or have your chest wrapped in compression bandages to reduce swelling and support delicate tissue. Drains may also be positioned at each breast to allow for drainage of blood or fluid after surgery. Dr. Bachilo will provide detailed instructions for post-operative care, and will also prescribe pain medications to help you manage any pain or discomfort resulting from the procedure. Patients are typically able to return to work a few days after the procedure, but you must avoid heavy lifting, bending, running, and any strenuous physical activity for a period of about 2-3 weeks while your body heals. You may resume regular exercise, including strength training, weightlifting, and contact sports, after a period of 4 to 6 weeks, but remember to wear proper protective garments.
Male Breast Reduction Results
You will see immediate visible results when you get up from the procedure; however, it will take some time for all of the swelling from the procedure to fully subside. While the gynecomastia procedure, when performed surgically, leaves very minimal, subtle scars, these will naturally fade away over time. In general, it may take up to six months to fully see and appreciate the results of your gynecomastia treatment. Fat removed from the pectoral region is removed permanently; however, the problem may re-develop in cases where the cause is diet or medication if those underlying conditions are not also addressed.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Gynecomastia is a condition in which male breasts enlarge and may start resembling female breasts.
If you are uncomfortable with the size of your male breasts because they resemble women’s breasts and make you look overweight, or if your large breasts don't respond to any amount of diet and exercise, you may address and resolve all those issues with a Male Breast Reduction procedure. This procedure also improves your quality of life by restoring self-confidence and self-esteem, improving the fit of your clothing, and making you look leaner and fit.
Any man or teen boy who wants to eliminate excess fat accumulated in the pectoral region that produces the appearance of enlarged male breasts may be a great candidate for this procedure, as long as you are in good overall health. Dr. Bachilo will first help you to determine what is causing your gynecomastia so that all underlying factors may also be addressed.
Gynecomastia may develop at any age, and depending on the cause, may be treated as soon as it begins to develop. Nonetheless, in many boys, the condition may resolve itself over time as they develop, and still in other cases, hormone treatments or a fitness regimen may do the trick. Typically teen boys who feel insecure about their appearance seek out Male Breast Reduction surgery between the ages of 13 and 19.
The cost of Male Breast Reduction or Gynecomastia Surgery varies depending on the extent of the procedure, the surgical techniques used, and several other variables such as the cost of anesthesia and the medical facility. Typically you can expect to pay anywhere from $6,000 to about $7,500 for this procedure, and you may save money by combining it with other procedures.
Technically, yes. Once the fat is removed by means of liposuction from the pectoral region, it is removed permanently, as your body will not replace those fat cells. Still, gynecomastia may come back in some cases, particularly if the root cause is diet, hormonal imbalances, or medication, and these factors are not properly treated.
To get six-pack abs, you will need to combine your Gynecomastia Surgery with an Abdominal Etching procedure, performed using a specialized Liposuction technique to add contour and definition to the abdominal muscles.
If your physician determines that the cause of your gynecomastia is hormonal, then a hormonal treatment would be suitable. If the cause of your gynecomastia is merely due to excess accumulation of fat in the pectoral region, then a Male Breast Reduction procedure would clear up the problem.
The hairline incisions used in the procedure are discreetly hidden in the natural outline of the areola and nipple. Also, if properly cared for, the scars will heal over time and become even less visible, fading away gradually over months and years.
Yes. It is actually smarter to combine procedures into a single surgical session so that you can reduce your investment of money, time, and risk and achieve a total transformation with all the improvements you want to make at one time.
Dr. Olga Bachilo, a trusted Houston-area plastic surgeon with many years of experience in male procedures such as Gynecomastia or Male Breast Reduction surgery has produced excellent results for a host of satisfied patients in Katy, Pearland, Woodlands, Sugar Land, and the greater Houston area.
Gynecomastia is very common in adolescent boys and most of the time will resolve over time. However, any man over the age of 18 with residual enragement of the breast is a good candidate for gynecomastia surgery. Surgery may necessitate liposuction alone or a combination with excision of tissue and skin.
Most often general anesthesia is used for gynecomastia excision.
Dr. Bachilo may perform gynecomastia surgery in an outpatient surgery center or a hospital.
Gynecomastia surgery may take anywhere between one and three hours.
Incisions placement will vary with gynecomastia surgery depending on the extent of reduction needed. If liposuction alone is done, this may only require a few small incisions. If excision of tissue and skin is needed incision may be below the nipple/areola and in naturally occurring creases.
You will have some scars, these may vary from a few small (less than a centimeter) scars from liposuction to a crescent-shaped scar under nipple/areola.
There is some discomfort with gynecomastia surgery, but it is well controlled with oral pain medications.
Every procedure carries risks, such as the risk of bleeding, infection and poor healing. Specific risks of gynecomastia excision include under-correction or overcorrection of the defect.
Full recovery will take 6 weeks. During that time, heavy lifting and exercise should be restricted. The first week is the most critical. You will have a garment to wear and may also have some drains.
You will have some swelling and bruising. The pain will be controlled with oral pain medications. It’s normal to have some slight oozing from the incisions, but any heavy bleeding or pain that is not controlled with pain medication needs to be reported to your surgeon right away.
Most men and boys are able to return to work or school after just a few days. You will still need to wear your compression garment and avoid heavy lifting and strenuous exercise.
You may work out legs and do some cardio as early as a few days after surgery, but lifting and upper body workout should be avoided for 4 to 6 weeks.
You will see an immediate improvement in your chest contour after gynecomastia excision. However, swelling and bruising will take few weeks to subsite and scars may take up to a year to fade.
Yes, at Glamour Plastic Surgery and Med Spa we offer gynecomastia surgery financing to our Houston patients through Alphaeon Credit and CareCredit. You can start enjoying your new contoured chest with a low monthly payment.
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