Gynecomastia is characterized by enlarged breasts in men that can occur at any age. It’s caused by a decrease in testosterone and/or increase in estrogen, which can be triggered natural hormone changes, medication, drug use, or obesity. In most cases, gynecomastia is resolved on its own with no medical treatment. However, some cases require medication or surgery. While there are few physical complications, Gynecomastia can cause emotional discomfort and impaired self-confidence.
Gynecomastia surgery removes glandular tissue, and in some cases, excess skin, resulting in a flatter, firmer chest with an improved and more masculine shape.
Dr. Elisabeth Potter personalizes a surgery plan meeting your specific needs. If a medical condition or medication is suspected as the probable cause, you will be referred to the appropriate specialist to assist in your care.
Gynecomastia surgery is performed under general anesthesia, and takes one to two hours. There are two procedures that may be required: liposuction and/or glandular excision. If the primary cause of gynecomastia in the patient is excess fatty tissue, Dr. Potter will use liposuction. If the gynecomastia is caused by excess skin or glandular breast tissue, glandular excision may be required. Often, a combination of both is necessary.
After the gynecomastia surgery, dressings or bandages will be applied to the incisions to minimize swelling and support your new chest contour as it heals after surgery.
Most patients return home the same day of surgery. The day after surgery, patients may resume daily activities, but strenuous exercise should be avoided for approximately one month. Patients typically return to work in one to two weeks depending on the extent of their surgery.
After surgery, it is common for patients to experience swelling and soreness of the breasts and chest muscles, but these symptoms should resolve within a few weeks. Patients must continually wear an elastic garment fitted snugly around the chest for three weeks.
Gynecomastia surgery is permanent, but the results can be reversed from drug or steroid use or weight gain.
There are minimal risks associated with gynecomastia surgery. As with any surgery, there is a risk of bleeding blood clots, and infection, as well as risk with general anesthesia, though this is also very low for gynecomastia surgery. Other risks include post-surgical pain, visible scarring, breast asymmetry and shape irregularity.-
If you’re interested in learning more about gynecomastia surgery, or any of the procedures Dr. Potter performs, contact Dr. Potter through the online contact form, or call 512-867-6211.