As a man with feminine-looking breasts in Los Angeles, you’re not alone. Gynecomastia is a medical term derived from the Greek words for, “woman-like breasts,” and it affects many men. Enlarged breasts can be permanent, uncomfortable, and socially and psychologically devastating. However, they can be removed through male breast reduction surgery. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, there were almost 25,000 gynecomastia surgeries performed in the United States in 2018. When you need a gynecomastia surgery Los Angeles’ Marina Plastic Surgery can provide you with the solution you are seeking for a lifestyle change that will impact your quality of life.
Male breasts may be formed from fatty tissue and/or glandular tissue. If a Los Angeles male breast reduction surgery is right for you, it will be performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. The procedure can last from one to three hours, depending on the extent of correction.
The procedure can require liposuction or a more traditional surgical excision. Gynecomastia may be associated with obesity, hormonal metabolism imbalance, liver disease, or medicinal causes. Before choosing a surgical solution to gynecomastia, a period of diet and exercise is recommended to see if your condition can be resolved naturally. Should that fail, our doctors will recommend a surgical remedy. You can receive a private consultation when you request your appointment online. We will then schedule your visit during one of the select times our surgeons have set aside for online visitors.
During your consultation, we’ll help you to feel comfortable by explaining your goals, expectations, and your surgeon will assess your existing anatomy to determine the cause of your breast enlargement.
If your gynecomastia is primarily caused by fatty tissue, your surgeon may recommend a liposuction procedure. Liposuction surgery can remove unwanted localized deposits of fat cells from the body. A straw-like cannula is inserted through a tiny incision to remove excess fat cells. The result is a re-sculpting of bulging breasts into more attractive contours.
If your gynecomastia is the result of a glandular disorder, liposuction alone is not likely to be adequate. A traditional surgical excision may be a better option. The excision may be performed alone or in conjunction with liposuction. Typically, the incision is placed on the edge of the areola (the colored area of the nipple) or in the underarm area. Your surgeon will work through these incisions to cut away the excess glandular tissue, fat, and skin from the breast. Following your breast reduction surgery, you can enjoy a pleasing shape and enhanced self-confidence.
Gynecomastia occurs when there is a balance of hormones in a boy or a man. When a male’s body produces too much estrogen, it can cause male breast tissue to swell. Many factors can create this hormone imbalance between testosterone and estrogen:
Any man who is bothered by the size of his breasts and feels self-conscious is a good candidate for male breast reduction surgery. He should be healthy with a stable weight and be a non-smoker and non-drug user. It is important for breast development to have stabilized. Talk to your surgeon about what you hope to accomplish with a breast reduction procedure.
The procedure removes excess breast tissue. The results of a male breast reduction surgery are long-lasting. You will prolong your results by maintaining a stable weight and healthy lifestyle.
Any surgery that a person undergoes carries some potential risks, including asymmetry, bad reaction to anesthesia, deep vein thrombosis, fat necrosis, hematoma, infection, scarring, sensitivity to the breast or nipple, and seroma. There is also the possibility of blood clots, breast contour irregularities, damage to blood vessels, muscles or nerves, and revision surgery.
Feeling self-conscious about your body can affect the quality of your life. Following a gynecomastia surgery in Los Angeles, you will notice great positive changes, including:
How fast you recover depends on your unique body and which option you decide on, whether liposuction or tissue excision. Everyone heals differently depending on their existing health condition. Liposuction usually has a shorter recovery time. Sometimes drains are used after an open excision and that can mean staying overnight at a hospital. You will need to plan not to drive for a few days. Your scars usually heal within two weeks but your swelling can last a few weeks. You may have to wear a compression garment for a few weeks to help decrease bruising. After the swelling goes down, your chest will be flatter and have that slimmer appearance you are looking for. Many men go back to work and resume light activities after a few days. It is best to avoid vigorous exercise and sexual activity for at least two weeks. On average, it takes about six weeks to go back to your normal routine, including regular exercise.
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