Will Surgery for Gynecomastia Leave Visible Scars?

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Do men considering breast reduction surgery need to worry about scarring? Male breast reduction, also known as gynecomastia surgery, is a cosmetic procedure to help men suffering from enlarged breasts creating a more feminine-looking chest area. It may not be a term you hear often. Still, gynecomastia surgery is a popular plastic surgery procedure performed in Houston and across the country to reduce male breast tissue for men struggling with this condition.

To find out the benefits of gynecomastia surgery in Houston, TX, contact Dr. Ryan Couvillion at Luminary Plastic Surgery. Dr. Couvillion is a skilled and experienced plastic surgeon specializing in reconstructive and cosmetic procedures for both women and men. Read on to learn more from Luminary Plastic Surgery about gynecomastia surgery recovery and how to set your expectations for gynecomastia scars.

What is gynecomastia surgery?

Gynecomastia is a male condition that leads to overdeveloped breasts due to weight gain, genetics, hormones, and certain body-enhancing drugs, such as steroids. It can cause men to feel embarrassed about going shirtless and create emotional stress for men struggling with a more feminine appearance in their chest area. The excessive breast tissue or fat growth can be unilateral (one breast) or bilateral (both breasts). A male breast reduction, or gynecomastia surgery, can be a surgical solution to patients hindered by this issue.

Dr. Couvillion will place an incision under the armpit and around the areola to remove excess breast tissue. At that time, he can even resize the nipple and areola area to be more masculine and proportionate if they have been stretched out due to breast enlargement. In less severe cases, Dr. Couvillion may determine that it is only necessary to use liposuction to remove small pockets of tissue and fat for body contouring help.

Will there be visible gynecomastia scars?

Most men looking to receive surgical treatment for gynecomastia may be concerned about the incision placement and size, and about scar visibility following their procedure. Depending on each case's severity, gynecomastia surgery can require large incisions to eliminate more significant amounts of excess breast tissue and fat. Some of the techniques used in male breast reduction surgery are not different from those used in female breast reduction procedures. However, women can hide scars with bikinis and bras. Men are less fortunate. While a complete lack of scarring is impossible with any type of surgical procedure, Dr. Couvillion has years of experience and will usually place incisions within the natural contours of the man's chest area to help conceal gynecomastia scars for optimal results. For male patients with small amounts of fat or breast tissue, liposuction may be an option that requires tiny incisions, which are almost unnoticeable once fully healed.

How long does it take for gynecomastia surgery recovery?

The goal of gynecomastia surgery is to provide Houston, TX men with a more masculine, flat-looking chest with as little scarring as possible. Most male patients can typically return to work in a week and normal activities within a few weeks once cleared by Dr. Couvillion. This highly effective cosmetic surgery for men offers almost instant results once postoperative swelling starts to dissipate by the second week. Men hindered by gynecomastia can begin enjoying their new, more masculine look and feel less self-conscious about their appearance when shirtless. It is also a long-term solution for men as long as their ideal body weight is maintained, and there is no hormonal imbalance or steroid use after surgery.

Do you live in the greater Houston, TX area and want to learn more about gynecomastia surgery? Luminary Plastic Surgery is a premier facility that takes great pride in offering innovative cosmetic services and cutting-edge treatments for men and women. To book your consultation with Dr. Ryan Couvillion, contact our office today.


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