Gynecomastia is a condition consisting of over-developed or enlarged breasts in men. It can occur at any age and can be the result of hormonal changes, heredity, obesity or the use of certain drugs.
Gynecomastia may impair self-confidence and cause emotional discomfort. Some men might attempt to hide their condition by avoiding certain physical activities or intimacy.
Gynecomastia Surgery in Santa Rosa
Gynecomastia can be characterized by:
- Excess breast skin
- Excess localized fat
- Excess glandular tissue development
- Presence unilaterally (one breast) or bilaterally (both breasts)
Gynecomastia surgery flattens and enhances the chest contours, reducing breast size and improving the conditions listed above. Typically, Dr. Chernoff will use ultrasound-assisted liposuction to erase the excess fat and shrink down the skin accordingly. There may be times when surgical extraction of excess skin will be required.
A complete medical history of the patient’s general health is evaluated prior to surgery. Dr. Chernoff will do a thorough examination to determine the most effective surgical approach. He will describe the type of topical anesthesia to be used, the procedure, what results are to realistically be expected, and the possible complications and risks.
Mild to moderate pain may occur following the procedure, but it can be controlled with oral medication. Daily showers and antibiotics should be continued to prevent any infection. Some instructions for the day of surgery include getting an appropriate amount of rest and limiting activities. Dr. Chernoff will determine when normal activities can be resumed. Although, any weight training and aerobic exercises must be avoided for a period of time. Patients may experience swelling, bruising, numbness and over sensitivity in the surgical area, however, these conditions are usually temporary.
Why Consider Male Breast Reduction in Santa Rosa?
For some men, losing weight can help reduce the profile of male breasts. However, there are cases when excessive glandular tissue causes even slimmer individuals to have enlarged breasts. Male breast reduction has a greater consistency in effectiveness for treating gynecomastia, culminating in long lasting, if not permanent results.
If you find yourself feeling self-conscious, discomforted by your appearance, or if you have been avoiding any activities that involve exposing your midsection because of which, male breast reduction is an option to consider. To learn more about male breast reduction surgery and to see if it is right for you, contact us today to schedule a consultation appointment.