Gynecomastia The Woodlands
Gynecomastia is a common conditon among men, and the solution for many comes with male breast reduction surgery from a plastic surgeon. Excess tissue and fat is removed to give the patient a flatter, more masculine chest contour.
For men in Houston, plastic surgeon Paul S. Gill MD can perform male breast reduction. With each patient, Dr. Gill combines his experienced aesthetic eye, a very high level of training, and a friendly bedside manner to provide an excellent experience.
If You’re Considering Male Breast Reduction in Houston
Male breast reduction in Houston is suitable for the man who is bothered by excess breast tissue, a condition frequently diagnosed as Gynecomastia. While the exact cause of this condition is not known, physicians believe it has causes linked to a hormonal imbalance. Men who are affected by it often attempt to hide or ignore the condition. Symptoms include the following:
- Excess chest fat or glandular tissue
- Sensitivity or tenderness on chest
- Self-consciousness related to appearance
The best candidates for corrective surgery are healthy, with a stable body weight and a realistic view of the expected outcome. Smokers should quit several weeks before their surgery. Before considering male breast reduction, it may be necessary to investigate possible causes of your condition and make lifestyle changes with the guidance of your physician.
What to Expect in Surgery
Before surgery, Dr. Gill may request an MRI to analyze the composition of your breast tissue, whether it is largely fat or glandular tissue. Male breast reduction surgery requires about one hour to complete. Local or general anesthesia may be used, depending on the extent of the tissue removal. Incisions are made around the nipple and areola, or in some cases near the underarm. Glandular tissue can be removed from the breast using a scalpel, while fat is typically removed with liposuction. If a large amount of tissue is removed, the doctor may need to remove loose skin as well. The incisions are then closed with sutures and your chest will be wrapped in gauze.
Recovering from Male Breast Reduction
After male breast reduction in Houston, you should be back to your normal routine in about one week. The surgical incisions and stitches will be wrapped in gauze, and the stitches will be removed during a post-operative followup appointment with Dr. Gill. You will need to postpone exercise for at least three weeks. As the swelling subsides, you will be better able to appreciate the results of your male breast reduction. With exercise and a healthy lifestyle, the results can be further improved and maintained permanently. Risks or possible complications include but are not limited to scarring, infection, pigmentation changes and asymmetry. Ask Dr. Gill for more details if you are concerned about risks involved with plastic surgery.