Gynecomastia: Male Breast Reduction in Gainesville FL
If gynecomastia has destroyed your confidence, caused anxiety or otherwise negatively impacted your life, it’s time to think about getting rid of the problem for good. You can start by contacting a Gynecomastia surgeon who can evaluate your condition, run tests to make an accurate diagnosis and thoroughly discuss your options. Dr. John Poser is one such doctor with extensive experience in cosmetic surgery, including male breast reduction.
What Is Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is a rather embarrassing problem that afflicts men and boys. Specifically, it is the enlargement of the fatty tissue in male breasts giving them the appearance of female breasts. The areola surrounding the nipple may also become enlarged, and the problem may be evident in one or both breasts.
The appearance and severity of gynecomastia can vary. Some males have a rather mild form that is barely noticeable, while others have much larger and more noticeable growth. The enlarged tissue is often loose and jiggly, which can be humiliating for men, especially in warmer months when clothes cannot hide the problem. The slang term “man boobs,” often used to refer to gynecomastia, does not help the situation.
What Causes Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is simply the physical manifestation of a hormone imbalance. It may the result from a decline in production of androgens (male hormones), an increased production of estrogens (female hormones) or a little bit of both. The hormone imbalance can occur naturally, such as during puberty when boys experience extreme hormonal changes that can cause androgen and estrogen levels to fluctuate dramatically. It can also be the side effect of certain medications and drugs that affect hormone levels over time. Even certain foods, such as soy, are suspected in increasing estrogen production.
How Is It Treated?
If you are in the middle of puberty, the best option is to wait it out. Gynecomastia that manifests during puberty usually goes away on its own. If you noticed a swelling in your breasts shortly after taking certain medication, immediately going off the medication may reverse the problem. In some case, hormone therapy can help.
However, if the problem is severe or you’ve suffered for an extended time and nothing else is working, you should consult with a male breast removal Gainesville plastic surgeon like Dr. Poser.
Dr. Poser is highly qualified and expertly skilled in breast removal surgery, which requires patience and precision. The surgery is performed by making an incision in the breast to remove the gland that causes the swelling. Liposuction is then used to remove the excess fat and tissue. If the problem is particularly severe, removal of the breast bud may be required before liposuction is performed.
The male cosmetic surgery takes a couple of hours, with two to three hours recovery time. You can expect to be discharged approximately five hours following surgery. You may have a drain in place, which can be removed, along with any stitches, after a week. You’ll likely experience some pain and sensitivity in the area for a few days following surgery, which can be alleviated through a prescription for pain medication. Overall, it’s small price to pay to regain your confidence and take back control of your life!