Every male deserves to be comfortable when taking off his shirt on the beach or during an intense basketball game with friends. For some men, however, going shirtless can be a serious fear. Many men throughout the world are diagnosed with gynecomastia, which is a technical term for enlarged male breasts. Because of societal norms and perceived standards of masculinity, gynecomastia can make men feel unworthy, unconfident and depressed. They may even be bullied for it. That is why plastic surgeons at Nesmith Plastic Surgery Center in Gainesville, FL, offer quality cosmetic procedures for men.
Gynecomastia Reduction in Gainesville
Gynecomastia causes swelling in the chest area of males, making it appear as if they have enlarged, feminine breasts. It can affect one breast or both breasts. While scientists have not determined how or why gynecomastia happens, studies show that the use of steroids, hormonal changes (especially during a boy’s puberty), heredity, diabetes, certain medications, alcohol, and marijuana may contribute to enlarged breast tissue.
How Surgery Works
Gynecomastia reduction procedures take approximately 1.5–2 hours. Depending on the severity of gynecomastia, small elliptical incisions are made either around the nipple or underneath the nipple. For less severe cases of gynecomastia, cosmetic surgeons may simply cut out extra glandular tissue around the breast and reshape it. For larger breasts, liposuction produces the greatest result. Removing the fat from enlarged breasts through high-tech machinery gives the chest area a slimmer, more toned appearance. This tightens the chest area making the soft breast disappear almost completely.
Side Effects of Gynecomastia Surgery:
- Excessive bleeding
- Nipples may lose blood supply (die) and develop permanent, intense scarring
- Sensitivity in the nipple area
- Poor healing process for the skin and breast area
After surgery, it is common to experience slight pain and swelling in the chest area. In most cases, you can return to work and regular activities one to two weeks after surgery. You may be instructed to wear a post-surgery garment for several weeks after surgery. For the best results, it is best to avoid smoking after surgery. Patients should also maintain their weight. Substantial weight gain may reverse the work performed and contribute to awkward-looking or downward sloping breasts.
Professional plastic surgeons at Nesmith Plastic Surgery Center will provide you with all the information that you need to get rid of enlarged breast tissue. We empathize with what you are going through and we will do everything in our power to get you the masculine, toned look that you crave.
Gainesville, FL Gynecomastia Plastic Surgeons
As a male, you deserve to feel confident about your body. Social stigmas make it difficult for men with gynecomastia to feel masculine and strong. They may even experience teasing and laughter from those around them. Adolescent and teenage boys, for example, may be bullied during their puberty stages. Not only does this result in embarrassment and low-self esteem, but it can transform into larger concerns such as depression, loss of self-worth and thoughts of suicide. Do not allow an enlarged breast tissue area to ruin your life.
At Nesmith Plastic Surgery Center, we are proud to serve the diverse population of Gainesville, FL. Our lead plastic surgeon, Dr. Nesmith, has more than 25 years of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery experience. Count on us to gain the confidence and masculinity in your chest area. Contact us today.