Gynecomastia is a condition that causes men's breasts to swell or become larger than normal. The tissue may appear on one or both breasts, sometimes growing unevenly. Since this is often caused by genetics or a hormonal imbalance in the body, even the best workouts may not correct the problem. Dr. Ryan Couvillion is an experienced plastic surgeon specializing in cosmetic and reconstructive procedures for the breasts, face, body, and skin.
If you are worried about your enlarged breasts, a consultation is necessary to see how we can move forward with treatment. The symptoms of gynecomastia can seem similar to other medical conditions, which is why seeing a healthcare provider is an important first step. During your consultation, Dr. Couvillion will explore several methods of gynecomastia treatment to restore the chest to a more masculine appearance. Below, you can learn more about the process and how it works.
Why should I get a male breast reduction?
Gynecomastia can take a toll on patients both physically and emotionally. Men with enlarged breasts may have anxiety about what to wear or how to hide their chests. It can make physical activity and certain exercises uncomfortable, such as swimming, jumping, and running. Male breast reduction removes excess tissue from the chest for a flatter look and a sculpted physique.
Surgery also provides a healthy boost to your self-esteem, since patients will be able to wear better-fitting clothing or go shirtless when at the pool or beach. It’s important to work with a skilled surgeon who performs male breast reduction surgery on a regular basis. Dr. Couvillion can give you an aesthetically pleasing appearance while decreasing the risk of avoidable complications and suboptimal surgical results.
Causes of gynecomastia
Gynecomastia is most often caused by high male estrogen levels or an imbalance of estrogen and testosterone in the body. Other causes include significant weight gain or the use of certain medications, such as steroids. Gynecomastia can occur at any point in a man’s life, including puberty, midlife, or the retirement years. Gynecomastia treatment can be determined by your age and overall health, how well you handle certain medications, and your personal preferences. But before we begin the process of male breast reduction, we believe it is important to understand the underlying cause.
When you arrive for your appointment, Luminary Plastic Surgery will perform a medical evaluation to determine the source of your gynecomastia and make sure you are healthy enough for surgery. People who have no medical conditions that could impair healing are great candidates to reduce enlarged breasts. It’s important to note that if you experience pain or tenderness in the breasts, it is crucial to see a physician as soon as possible. Dr. Couvillion may perform diagnostic tests like a mammogram or biopsy to make sure the enlarged tissue is not due to a serious issue such as cancer or an infection.
Preparing for gynecomastia surgery
At Luminary Plastic Surgery in Houston, TX, Dr. Couvillion suggests that patients hold off on breast reduction until they are at a stable weight. During your initial consultation, we will review the surgical process as well as your treatment options. This is the best time to bring up any questions or concerns you have about male breast reduction surgery. Be sure to let Dr. Couvillion know about any medications you have been taking, including anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements, as these may affect the healing process.
To remove small amounts of fat, Dr. Couvillion performs liposuction under general anesthesia. Most men require an incision near the nipple to reach the glandular tissue. Patients with a larger amount of fat will need to have the tissue removed surgically. In this case, the skin is then tightened to retain an aesthetic look. After surgery, we wrap the chest securely with compression bandages to reduce swelling and discomfort. Dr. Couvillion can determine which removal technique is right for you and customize your gynecomastia treatment as needed.
What to expect from male breast reduction surgery
Some men may have unrealistic expectations for their surgery, and when their results are not achieved right away, they feel as though the gynecomastia treatment was not successful. For this reason, Luminary Plastic Surgery gives you information about what to expect after the procedure as well as aftercare instructions so we can achieve your desired outcome together.
Side effects include temporary swelling and bruising, which means you may not see the outcome until these effects have subsided. Incisions made in the chest will also take some time to heal. In the meantime, Luminary Plastic Surgery will give you instructions so the incisions heal flatly and evenly on the skin. Proper rest is essential to the health of your breast tissue, so Dr. Couvillion will give you clearance to begin exercising again after about six weeks. Afterward, you can enjoy your firmer and more masculine chest!
Schedule your consultation today
If you have been discouraged by the effects of male breast enlargement, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ryan Couvillion at Luminary Plastic Surgery. Our male breast reduction surgery addresses the issues associated with gynecomastia so you can feel satisfied with your new look. With our knowledge and specialized training, we can restore a natural-looking contour to your chest. Discover what we have to offer at our facility in Houston, TX.