In attempt to disguise their shame or embarrassment, they sometimes attempt to hide this condition by avoiding exercise, swimming and other activities. Although gynecomastia cannot be resolved through diet and exercise programs, Dr. Sanders can effectively remove the enlarged breast tissue through his advanced gynecomastia surgical procedure.
Dr. Sanders has 25 years of experience helping gynecomastia patients achieve a flatter, more masculine chest appearance. His track record of excellent aesthetic outcomes and impeccable patient care attracts men from throughout Los Angeles and Orange County.
The Gynecomastia Surgery Procedure
Gynecomastia typically first appears during puberty. While this condition normally disappears by the time a boy reaches adulthood, in some cases the excess breast tissue persists. In addition, the use of certain medications, such as antidepressants, high blood pressure drugs and anabolic steroids, has been linked to overdeveloped male breast tissue.
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Regardless of the exact cause of gynecomastia, this condition can be resolved through male breast reduction surgery. As a highly experienced LA gynecomastia surgeron, Dr. Sanders uses two techniques to eliminate the excess tissue – liposuction and/or sculpting with special surgical instruments. The instruments include the use of a motorized shaving device that allows for the removal of the gynecomastia via one of the small liposuction incisions, avoiding the need for a longer incision around the areola with postoperative drains and a more prolonged recovery. In certain cases, he also removes the excess skin to create a contoured, masculine chest appearance. Gynecomastia surgery typically requires two hours to complete, and most patients recover within one week.
Gynecomastia Frequently Asked Question
Gynecomastia Frequently Asked Question
Can Gynecomastia Be Effectively Treated Without Surgery?
While surgery is an excellent option to treat men with gynecomastia, it is not the only option. Dr. Sanders may recommend an alternative approach if a man is not healthy enough for gynecomastia surgery or can be treated without surgery. Some of these approaches include:
- Hormone therapy. Gynecomastia is often caused by a hormonal imbalance, so sometimes, by lowering the levels of estrogen in a man’s body, it can stop breasts from growing.
- Reducing the intake of certain drugs. Sometimes, men who take blood pressure medication, anabolic steroids, Propecia, and other medications can develop gynecomastia. Stopping these drugs can stop breast tissue from growing.
- Treating underlying conditions, such as cirrhosis, hyperthyroidism, disorders of the testes, prostate cancer treatments, or kidney disease.
- For most men, however, gynecomastia surgery represents the most ideal option for regaining their flat and classically masculine chest.
How Can Gynecomastia Surgery Improve a Man’s Confidence?
There are numerous ways gynecomastia surgery can improve a man’s confidence. First and foremost, his breasts will be smaller. This alone should be enough to provide a necessary boost in self-esteem and allow the man to wear appropriate clothing at the beach, pool, or gym. Dr. Sanders may go a step further during the surgery and also remove any excess skin that may have accumulated when the breasts were growing. This keeps the man’s chest flat and taut, eliminating any sag that may hint at the man previously having had enlarged breasts. Finally, Dr. Sanders can also resize the areolas if gynecomastia caused them to enlarge. This helps men look and feel more like they did before they developed this condition.
When Can I Return to Work After Gynecomastia Surgery?
Because gynecomastia surgery isn’t always a complicated procedure, men typically don’t experience a great deal of downtime. That being said, they will not be able to go back to work immediately. They should prepare to take at least a few days off work, during which they will need to stay home and rest. Light walking can facilitate recovery, but men should not exert themselves with any physical activity for two weeks. If jobs permit, they may be able to work from home the next day, as long as they take it easy and don’t overdo it. As long as the recovery process is going well and their job doesn’t involve heavy lifting or other straining, most men can return to their jobs about three days after their surgery.
When Can I Go Back to My Normal Workout Routine After Gynecomastia Surgery?
While many men are eager to start working on their pecs after gynecomastia surgery, this activity will have to wait for several weeks. The body needs time to heal before it can be worked, especially the chest. Due to this, Dr. Sanders recommends that most patients wait about two weeks before hitting the gym. Depending on how healing is going, he may alter that recommendation, but it’s a good guideline for patients to keep in mind. If patients return to exercise too early, they may loosen or break their sutures, which can lead to more noticeable scars, infection, and other healing complications. It’s best to start with low-impact cardiovascular exercises before working up to more strenuous weight training.
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At his state-of-the-art Encino plastic surgery center, Dr. George Sanders performs a wide range of male plastic surgery procedures for Los Angeles area patients. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Sanders, contact our office today.