Gynecomastia in Reston, VA
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what is Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia, or the presence of visible breast tissue in men, is a common finding. Gynecomastia treatment is a procedure that removes excess male breast tissue to leave a more sculpted and masculine appearance. All men have some amount of breast fat and glandular breast tissue, but it is typically not problematic. However, some men develop visible breasts at one point or another in their lifetime. This may be the result of hormonal changes, medications, or another factor. The excess gland may resolve once the hormones rebalance or the medications are stopped, but sometimes the breasts remain and surgery may be required to restore a more masculine physique.
Regardless of the cause of gynecomastia, our team of plastic surgeons can create a surgical plan that is tailored to your specific needs and individual desires. Visit or call Austin-Weston, The Center for Cosmetic Surgery in Reston, VA to learn more about how gynecomastia surgery can create the sculpted look you want.
What Are The Benefits Of Gynecomastia Surgery?
Gynecomastia can be frustrating and embarrassing, but male breast reduction surgery performed by our experienced team at Austin-Weston can provide life-changing results with a number of great benefits that include:
- Boosting self-image and confidence
- Eliminating unwanted fat in the chest area
- Reshaping and defining the chest
- Achieving a more toned, masculine look
- Improving mobility
- Reducing back pain
- Freeing you from wanting to wear a shirt at the beach or pool
- Providing results that are dramatic and long-lasting
- Offering a quick recovery time
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am i a candidate for gynecomastia surgery?
Because enlarged male breasts can be caused by medical conditions other than gynecomastia alone, a physician should confirm the cause before treatment. Ideal candidates for gynecomastia reduction surgery will have:
- A healthy body weight
- Visible and palpable breast tissue and/or excess fatty breast tissue
- Good skin elasticity
- Overall good health
how does gynecomastia surgery work?
Gynecomastia treatment surgery usually involves a combination of surgical removal of breast tissue and liposuction. During the procedure, liposuction is performed to remove unwanted fatty tissue. Enlarged glandular breast tissue is then surgically excised, leaving a flatter, firmer chest. An incision around the areola may be required.
For patients with droopy and sagging chest skin, a larger incision may be required to remove the hanging skin during a male breast reduction. Your surgeon will discuss this with you during your consultation.
After gynecomastia surgery, patients will have their chest bandaged and be placed in a compression vest that should be worn at all times to reduce swelling and encourage healing. Patients should rest and restrict upper body movements for the first few days. Most patients can return to work after gynecomastia surgery within a week and can resume exercise, including light chest workouts, by 3 weeks. Our knowledgeable team members will go over specific gynecomastia aftercare instructions and any prescribed medication in detail to ensure an optimal recovery.
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what to expect after gynecomastia surgery
Preliminary gynecomastia surgery results are visible on day one, but postoperative swelling appears soon after and typically takes several weeks to resolve. Post-op photographs are taken around 3 months to see the final result. If there is any loose skin after gynecomastia surgery, it should continue to tighten for 6 – 12 months afterward. The results of gynecomastia surgery are typically permanent as long as the patient maintains a healthy lifestyle and weight and no offending medications are re-started.
get a Confident, Contoured Chest
lf you avoid activities like swimming, sports, and exercise because you are embarrassed about your feminine-looking chest, schedule a consultation at Austin-Weston in Northern Virginia to learn more about male breast reduction surgery and how it can help you achieve the sculpted, defined physique you've always wanted. Treating gynecomastia can improve your appearance, confidence, and activity level for years to come.
How can I tell if I have gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is excess breast tissue growth in the male chest, which can cause tenderness, swelling, and pain. Some men might have pseudogynecomastia (false gynecomastia), so our surgeons suggest patients lose weight by following an exercise plan and healthy diet before considering surgery. If you have excess breast tissue when you are at a healthy weight, your surgeon can perform an examination and order diagnostic tests. This may include a mammogram, blood tests, or a biopsy to rule out other causes like breast cancer and mastitis (infection of the breast tissue).
Can gynecomastia be treated with exercise or pills?
The most effective treatment for gynecomastia is male breast reduction surgery. Currently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved any medications to treat gynecomastia. Although they aren't approved for treating gynecomastia, some breast cancer medications (for example, Tamoxifen or Raloxifene) may give you minimal improvements. Upper body weight training to increase the pectoral muscles cannot reduce the excess breast tissue and could make the breasts look bigger.
Will this fix puffy or pointy nipples?
Puffy or pointy nipples may be caused by glandular gynecomastia. If you are concerned about this, be sure to tell your surgeon during your consultation. They will personalize your surgical plan to use the best technique and incision pattern to improve your nipples. Oversized areolas can also be corrected in surgery for gynecomastia. It is essential to be honest with your surgeon about all your concerns and goals during your consultation, so they can ensure you are happy with your results.