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Gynecomastia surgery for prominence of breast tissue in male patients can offer great improvements in body image and self-confidence. Gynecomastia is fairly common and in mild cases can be treated with changes in diet and exercise, but when diet and exercise fail, many men look to surgery for radical improvements.
The majority of gynecomastia patients are younger men who are upset by the prominence of tissue in their breast areas which significantly limits their activities, particularly related to summer activities and sports. They hate the idea of taking off their shirts. They may have been told for years that it will go away but despite waiting they have seen no improvement. Although gynecomastia may be related to more deep-rooted medical issues or certain medications, this is rare. The vast majority of these gynecomastia patients simply have too much tissue, either breast tissue or fat in these areas, that needs to be removed.
In some gynecomastia patients, the prominence is simply due to an excess of fat in the area, and liposuction can take care of the problem. More commonly, the prominence is due to an excess of breast tissue and fat both, and a small incision along the border of the areola (flat part of the nipple) is needed to remove the extra tissue. This gynecomastia surgery is typically combined with liposuction to feather the edges of tissue removal. Coolsculpting can be an effective treatment for that select group of patients whose gynecomastia is predominantly fat, coolsculpting comes with the advantage of no anesthetic and basically no down time.
The surgery is performed in Dr. Murphy’s private office surgical suite under sedation and local anesthesia. After about an hour in recovery patients are discharged to home. A small drain may be placed on each side to help minimize swelling and bruising. It is usually removed after two or three days. After a few days most patients have returned to normal daily activities but should wait for 10 – 14 days before resuming vigorous exercise.
Risks of gynecomastia surgery are minimal and include a very small incidence of infection or bleeding. Numbness over the breast area is typical early on but generally resolves over a few months. Permanent numbness in the area of the nipple is a possibility. Significant scarring in the area of the incision is very rare.
Some gynecomastia surgery candidates are so self-conscious about their appearance related to this condition that they may be reluctant to come in for a consultation. Be assured that Dr. Murphy is committed to making this as comfortable for you as possible. He can offer you a private consultation with him alone; no nurses involved. His private office suite offers you all the anonymity possible. Call today to discuss this surgery.