Did you know that there is a name for the condition that causes male breast growth as you age? Gynecomastia can be caused by a wide range of things including weight gain and aging. It causes the male's chest wall to loosen and the breast tissue to enlarge. The good news is that it can be reversed.
What is Gynecomastia?
The enlargement of male breasts, also known as gynecomastia, can cause emotional discomfort and impair self-confidence. There are many causes of gynecomastia, and the treatment may consist of liposuction, excision of breast glandular tissue, or both.
Causes of Gynecomastia
There are many known causes for gynecomastia, which affects up to 60% of all men. The most common causes have to do with the natural aging process and weight fluctuations. Also, changes in hormonal production as we age can cause a reduction in testosterone while estrogen production remains unchanged, leading to the growth of the breast glands. Certain medications are known to cause this change as well. Finally, there is some link between gynecomastia and heredity to keep in mind.
How to Know if You Have Gynecomastia
If you have noticed excess localized fat in the breasts, a sudden growth of the breast glands, or uneven growth of the breasts, it could be a sign of gynecomastia. Also, excess breast skin is a sign that gynecomastia is developing and changing your body.
Male Breast Cosmetic Surgery - The Process
Today, the effects of male gynecomastia can be reversed with the help of cosmetic surgery in Florida. This surgery involves using a combination of liposuction and excision of the breast glands to reduce the size of the breasts. Then the skin is tightened up to restore a smooth, flat chest wall appearance.
Male gynecomastia surgery can be done relatively quickly, and you will see immediate results. When done correctly, the incision sites can be hidden, and there will be minimal scarring. It can make a profound difference in your self-confidence and body image.
Gynecomastia Recovery Process
Typically, a compression garment is worn over the surgical site for a few days to help manage swelling and fluid buildup. You will be sent home the same night and instructed to take short walks to prevent blood clots. In general, you must keep the area clean and avoid strenuous activity for up to six weeks, such as heavy lifting, although you can resume moderate activity after 7-10 days.
Choose a Professional You Can Trust
If you're ready to learn how to get rid of gynecomastia, and/or any other procedural conditions, the team at Vanguard Plastic Surgery of Fort Lauderdale, Florida is here to help. Schedule your consultation today to learn more.