Cosmetic Surgery for Men
Common cosmetic procedures for men are liposuction, rhinoplasty (nose job), eyelid surgery, man boob (Gynecomastia) surgery (removal of breast tissue) and ear shaping.
Facelifts are also very popular, often combined with body procedures for a complete, rejuvenated look.
Gynecomastia, a condition of over-developed or enlarged breasts in men, is common in men of any age. It can be the result of hormonal changes, heredity conditions, disease or the use of certain drugs.
This condition can cause emotional discomfort and impair your self-confidence. Some men may even avoid certain physical activities and intimacy simply to hide their condition.
Gynecomastia surgery is a highly individualized procedure and you should do it for yourself, not to fulfill someone else’s desires or to try to fit any sort of ideal image. Adolescents may benefit from surgery although secondary procedures may be needed in future should breast development continue.
Benefits of Gynecomastia Surgery
Gynecomastia surgery can improve the appearance of the chest in cases where diet and exercise have failed. The results of the procedure are significant and permanent. Most men who have had surgery for gynecomastia have been very satisfied with the results.
Are you an ideal candidate?
You can be a suitable candidate for Gynecomastia if:
- You are physically healthy and of relatively normal weight
- You have realistic expectations
- Your breast development has stabilized
- You are bothered by your abnormally, oversized breasts
Options include removal of the tissue under the breast, or liposuction of the chest wall. In both instances, a small elliptical incision is made on the lower half of the nipple area (areola). For those men with tissue that is more glandular in nature, all breast tissue directly under the nipple is removed.
If the tissue is fattier in nature, liposuction can provide excellent results. In some people, ultrasonic assisted liposuction is an excellent approach. During liposuction, a small suction rod (cannula) is inserted into the incision to remove fat and other tissue.
In some cases, a repeat procedure is necessary to remove tissue that was missed during the first procedure. In a few cases, if there is a large amount of extra skin, it may be necessary to remove this tissue, which may result in a large scar.
Surgical time will take between 1 ½ – 2 hours.
Recovery and Post op care
Usually, the chest is temporarily swollen and bruised after the surgery. You may also experience numbness or a burning sensation. Depending on the extent of surgery, pain can vary from minimal to moderate, and will last from several days to two weeks.
You will wear compression garments to keep your skin compressed after the procedure. Your surgeon will tell you how long to wear these. Sports and driving may need to be restricted during the recovering period and a compression garment is worn for up to 6 weeks to help with the skin remodeling. We partner with a local supplier to provide these compression garments should you need to purchase them.
Light activities can be resumed within a few days, although your chest will be sore. Most people are able to return to (sedentary) work within three to seven days, and resume more strenuous activities in two to three weeks. You should avoid exposing the operated area to the sun for at least six months to prevent permanently altering the skin pigmentation.
We provide excellent post-care support, with follow-up visits and programs to assist your recovery. If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know and we will schedule an appointment with the surgeon.
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