Gynecomastia is a common condition of enlarged breasts in men that can appear at nearly any age. Most commonly, gynecomastia and enlarged breasts in men appear during and just after adolescence when hormonal changes are at their peak. However, fluctuating weight and other factors can cause similar appearances throughout life.
If you are a man with enlarged breasts, there are several options to reduce the size of the breast tissue and surrounding skin and create a more proportional look to your chest. A healthy diet and exercise can help reduce the amount of body fat, which can help reduce the volume of fat cells in the breast tissue.
Occasionally, liposuction may be chosen as a less-invasive treatment. However, in some cases where a significant amount of fat and surrounding tissue needs to be removed, gynecomastia is a safe surgical option. It has proven very effective at giving men with enlarged breasts the more proportional look they are after.
While gynecomastia is a surgical procedure performed under general anesthesia, the recovery time is relatively short compared to other procedures. Initially, the first week after the procedure will be spent recovering from the anesthesia and regaining sensation around the surgical site and breasts,
Over the next 2 to 4 weeks, it is best to rest as much as possible and avoid strenuous activity that can cause stress on the sutures or surgical site. Most patients report substantial swelling and bruising. In some cases, this can appear larger than the pre-surgical size, but these will subside. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications and ice are generally all that is needed.
Most patients can return to their everyday life around one month after their procedure. The final result will begin to appear at around the 6-month mark.
Don’t let the fear of a lengthy and restrictive recovery from gynecomastia prevent you from getting a reduction in the size of your enlarged breasts. Board-Certified Surgeon Dr. Raymond Jean has the expertise and knowledge to help you meet your aesthetic goals with minimal impact on your life. Call Main Line Plastic Surgery in Bryn Mawr, PA, at 484-222-0010 or visit www.mainlineplasticsurgery.com to schedule a consultation today.