Getting Rid of Gynecomastia
It’s common for boys or men of all ages to have some degree of excess breast tissue in the breasts, making them appear larger than average. This condition, called gynecomastia, can occur at any stage of a man’s life. There’s no reason to be embarrassed – we have a plastic surgery solution for you!
What Caused my Gynecomastia?
If you suffer from gynecomastia, you’re not at all alone. According to the National Institutes of Health, between 50 and 60 percent of adolescent males are affected by gynecomastia. This condition is sometimes caused by higher-than-normal estrogen levels in males going through puberty. It can also be attributed to excessive weight gain, genetics or medicinal side effects.
What Can I do About It?
Pollack Plastic Surgery in the San Diego area offers gynecomastia surgery, a body contouring surgery. This procedure is done under general anesthesia and usually takes between one and three hours. The doctor performs liposuction, excision surgery or a combination of the two to give you your desired results. This all depends on the amount of fat or glandular tissue that needs to be removed.
Be the Best Candidate
If you’re considering undergoing a gynecomastia procedure, it’s important to make sure you’ve exhausted your other options. A good candidate for the surgery who wants to achieve a chest contour has already attempted to lessen the fatty tissue through proper diet and regular exercise. Patients should also be in good health and refrain from smoking.
Is Recovery Extensive?
No, recovery from this surgery is typically not extensive. Like any other procedure, it is normal to experience swelling and minor bruising for the first few days. This will resolve on its own. However, if your procedure requires the removal of excess skin, you may have drainage tubes inserted into each breast. These drains will be removed after about a week. You will have to wear a compressive vest for about four weeks following the treatment to reduce swelling, but you can resume regular physical activity.
How Much Will it Set me Back?
Health Insurance providers may cover gynecomastia surgery in cases where it is deemed medically necessary, however it is typically not covered for self-esteem or cosmetic reasons. Pollack Plastic Surgery does have a financing option, that lest you break things up into smaller monthly payments that fit your budget and lifestyle.
Pollack Plastic Surgery offers gynecomastia surgery to residents of La Jolla, Alpine and neighboring communities in Southern California. Contact us to book your consultation today.