For a lot of people, “male boobs” are the butt of many jokes. For men who experience it, however, it can be the cause of embarrassment and low self-esteem. Male breasts are not always the direct cause of being overweight, so men who are otherwise at a healthy weight can still struggle with enlarged breasts. If you’re looking for a long-term solution, then Dr. DiFrancesco can help.
Gynecomastia is another name for enlarged male breasts. Most men experience male breasts at some point in their life, often around puberty. There are many causes, but male breasts are often the result of hormone imbalance. This means that some men experience gynecomastia by taking certain medications or recreational drugs. It can also be genetic. Although some men can treat gynecomastia by losing weight, some can’t. In each case, it’s important to explore your treatment options with your regular physician before opting for surgery.
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This type of surgery is often called male breast reduction and is most beneficial for men who don’t see results through changing their lifestyle or medical treatment plan. You should be at or near your ideal weight and healthy enough to undergo a minimally-invasive surgery.
There are generally two ways that gynecomastia can be addressed with surgery. The right option for you will depend on Dr. DiFrancesco’s assessment and whether your gynecomastia is caused by enlarged breast tissue or fat.
Liposuction is often the most effective option for male breasts caused by excess, stubborn fat. This is because breast tissue is often too fibrous for traditional liposuction. Sometimes, power assisted liposuction can be effective at breaking up breast tissue, so Dr. DiFrancesco can discuss your options.
During this technique, excess breast tissue is removed with surgical excision and a small, well-hidden incision around each areola.
Depending on your unique procedure, gynecomastia surgery can be performed under local anesthesia with light sedation at our Atlanta office. Dr. DiFrancesco will ensure that each small incision is easily concealable and unnoticeable within the natural contours of your body. After your ideal results are achieved using surgical techniques, the incisions are closed, and you can return home.
Recovery from gynecomastia surgery usually takes a few days, and you can return to work and normal activities within a week. It’s important to follow Dr. DiFrancesco’s aftercare instructions to keep swelling down and manage discomfort. You should wear a compression garment according to instructions to help the skin adhere to the new contours and aid blood flow. Although your results will continue to emerge in the weeks and months following surgery, you can begin to see results within a week or so.
Gynecomastia can take a toll on your self-esteem, especially when it seems like nothing works. To meet with Dr. DiFrancesco and begin discussing your treatment options, contact our Atlanta office by calling or filling out our online form.