There is a new option of non-surgical correction of gynecomastia – Coolsculpting. This is off label treatment but we have utilized this method with success in many patients. Freezing destroys fat and leads to shrinkage of gynecomastia. This is a non-surgical option which can be a good choice to appropriate candidates.
Occasionally, the size of a man’s breast is larger than desired. If you are self-conscious about the appearance of your breasts, various procedures have been designed to correct this imperfection. Most contemporary procedures involve ultrasonic liposuction for shape correction. Utilizing this advanced liposuction technique helps avoid unsightly scarring from surgical excisions.
Chicago Gynecomastia Surgery: A Solution to Male Breast Enlargement
Large breasts, while considered by many an asset in a woman, can be truly an embarrassment for a man.
Male breast enlargement, or gynecomastia, is a fairly common condition, affecting 40% to 60% of males. Millions of men and boys know the feeling of looking in a mirror or down at their bodies and seeing enlarged breasts where a flatter, more masculine chest would normally be.
Some of the factors that can cause male breast enlargement are:
As the body increases in weight the fat gets stored in various locations, including the chest. Additionally, the excess fat leads to the production of estrogen, which causes growth of more breast tissue.
As a man grows older, the disruption in the balance of his hormones can cause the breasts to grow larger.
If alcohol is abused to the extent of causing liver damage, a hormone imbalance can be created causing gynecomastia.
Certain types of cancer including lung cancer and testicular cancer can cause hormone imbalances resulting in male breast enlargement.
Prescription Drug Side Effects:
Many prescription medications have gynecomastia listed as a potential side effect. These include such drugs as amphetamines, antidepressants, blood pressure drugs, ulcer medications and antipsychotics.
Hereditary disorders such as Klinefelter’s Syndrome can cause breast enlargement in males.
During puberty, some boys will develop enlarged breasts due to the increased production of hormones that occur at that period of life. Most of the situation resolves itself without interference.
The abuse of anabolic steroids by bodybuilders can cause the development of male breast enlargement. Once inside the body, these steroids can be chemically changed into estrogen, causing the growth of not only muscle tissue but breast tissue as well.
How do you know if you have Gynecomastia?
The symptoms are not difficult to see, which is why it is such a problem for those afflicted with male breast enlargement. Gynecomastia is characterized by excess localized fat, increased glandular tissue development and sometimes, excess breast skin. Any of these can be present in either one or both breasts.
How is Gynecomastia Correction Surgery Performed?
Dr. Turowski can perform gynecomastia surgery at his Chicago cosmetic surgery center on an outpatient basis. He will go over the entire surgical procedure with you in the days prior to the procedure.
First you will be prepped for surgery, including the administration of either general or local anesthetic. Dr. Turowski will proceed to remove excess fat and, breast tissue through a minimally invasive approach through a minimal access at the border of the colored areoloa skin. In most cases these access sites are barely detectable.
Interestingly for most case of gynecomastia skin resection is nor required . The exact procedure will be based on a thorough examination and consultation done at the New Horizons Center for Cosmetic Surgery in Chicago.
With a gynecomastia procedure, Dr. Gregory Turowski of New Horizons Center for Cosmetic Surgery can reduce the size of enlarged male breasts, returning to them a flatter, more masculine look.
Recovering from Surgery
Every surgery has a recovery process and it is essential that you follow the instruction given you by Dr. Turowski during your period of recovery.
After your surgery, Dr. Turowski will place a foam pad on your chest covered by a compression vest. The pad is normally left on for a week and the compression vest for about
2 weeks. The compression vest minimizes swelling and supports your new chest contour as it heals. Any bruising from the procedure will go away in from 2-4 weeks.
Be sure to ask Dr. Turowski specific questions about what you can expect during your individual recovery period and for a list of the “dos and don’t” you must adhere to following surgery.
Getting a Consultation
Where women will usually freely discuss concerns over breast development and size with friends, men are unlikely to do so. This is one reason getting a consultation with Dr. Turowski is so important.
If you are a male with enlarged breasts causing you emotional discomfort or impairing your confidence or self esteem, you should talk to Dr. Gregory Turowski at the New Horizons Center for Cosmetic Surgery in Chicago. Dr. Turowski, MD, Ph.D., F.A.C.S is one of few double board-certified plastic surgeons specializing in plastic and cosmetic face and body surgery. With a European background, and years of training at Harvard and Yale, he’s the doctor you want to see for a decision regarding gynecomastia and male breast reduction surgery.
Come to the Chicago Cosmetic Surgery Clinic for a Consultation with Dr. Turowski about your Male Breast Enlargement
Gynecomastia can be treated and usually fully resolved with cosmetic surgery here in Chicago. Even if you don’t live right in the Chicago area, it’s worth it to take a few days and come to New Horizons Center for Cosmetic Surgery in Chicago and talk to Dr. Gregory Turowski. He can help guide you into the right decision regarding gynecomastia
The goal of your gynecomastia
procedure will be to give you a flatter chest and relieve both mental and physical stress this condition can cause.
Male breast reduction FAQ
What is gynecomastia?
This is a medical name for the enlarged male breasts (from Greek language “woman-like breasts”). Sometimes it may be associated with male/female hormonal imbalances. In most cases, however, it is a common, benign condition consisting of breast fibrous tissue enlargement and extra fat deposition.
Who is a candidate?
Anyone who is in good general health is a good candidate. There is no age limit, although, patients with elastic, firm skin have the best chance to avoid skin excisions. Although temporary breast enlargement is common in teenage males, prolonged enlargement may lead to significant emotional distress. Therefore, correction of gynecomastia may be indicated in this age group.
How is male breast reduction performed?
The recent development of ultrasonic liposuction almost entirely eliminated the need for skin excision in cases of male breast enlargement and thus the creation of unsightly scars typical for surgical breast excisions. Excess amount of breast tissue and fat is removed through minute, well hidden incisions, allowing the skin envelope to conform to the new shape of breasts. The nipples are preserved. In some extreme cases skin excision might need to be performed but is then usually limited to circular, non-conspicuous incision around the nipple. The procedure can be performed under general anesthesia or IV sedation.
What is the typical recovery?
Correction of gynecomastia is typically an outpatient procedure (patient returns home after he is recovered from anesthesia). However, to accommodate some patients’ needs an overnight stay and nursing support can be arranged. After the procedure, the patient is placed in an elastic, compressive, spandex-like garment. The garment can be removed after 3 days, when the routine activities can be resumed. The garment should be worn for two weeks after the procedure. The garment is non-conspicuous and easily hidden under regular clothes. There is usually minimal discomfort in the first couple days after the procedure, well controlled with oral medications. Sports and exercises can be resumed within few weeks.