Gynecomastia Surgery in Atlanta, GA
Men who wish to eliminate excess skin and fat on their chest and develop a more defined appearance may benefit from a gynecomastia surgery at Mang Plastic Surgery. Residents of Alpharetta, Atlanta, and the surrounding cities in Georgia may contact our office to schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgery Dr. Brandon Mang.
What is Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is a medical term used to refer to the development of excess or abnormal breast tissue in men. Though it may not be discussed often, the condition is increasingly common among adult men. In fact, at least one in every three men suffers from this condition. Gynecomastia typically occurs due to a hormonal imbalance within the body and can have a negative impact on self-esteem and confidence. Thankfully, it can be corrected with a simple surgery, known as male breast reduction.
What is the Goal of Gynecomastia Surgery?
Gynecomastia surgery aims to help men who are unhappy with the development of excessive breast tissue. The procedure can offer patients a smoother, flatter chest that maintains a masculine shape. In many cases, the accumulated fat and skin in the chest is nearly impossible to eliminate with exercise or diet alone and many medical treatments may not be permanent. A gynecomastia surgery allows patients the option to both eliminate the unwanted, excess breast tissue and sculpt their chest to achieve a more defined, attractive contour.
Is Gynecomastia Surgery Right For Me?
Many men who suffer from gynecomastia may feel embarrassed with everyday tasks, such as finding clothing that fits attractively or feeling confident in a swimsuit The surgery is recommended for men who are 18 and older and are in good general health. You must be able to successfully undergo a surgical procedure and have realistic expectations for your results. If you are a man who has overly developed breasts due to weight gain, hereditary issues, or some medications, you may be an ideal candidate for gynecomastia surgery.
How Does a Gynecomastia Procedure Work?
A male breast reduction is an extremely personalized procedure, so the exact form of treatment will vary depending on each patient’s unique requirements and recommendations. During your consultation, Dr. Mang will assess your condition and discuss the various options with you. Together, you can design a surgical plan that will help you achieve your goals and correct your gynecomastia. Typically, the procedure is performed using a variety of techniques, including liposuction. Incisions will be made in discrete areas and a thin cannula will be inserted to suck away the excess fat. If necessary, the excess skin and tissue will be trimmed away and tightened to provide a smooth, chiseled appearance.
Preparing for Gynecomastia
You will be provided with a clear list of instructions to follow prior to your gynecomastia surgery. This will help your body to prepare for your appointment and increase the success of the procedure. You will be advised to refrain from taking any medications, vitamins, or OTC aspirin products for at least two weeks before your surgery. Dr. Mang also recommends all patients apply arnica before and after their surgery to help alleviate swelling from the beginning. Arnica is a homeopathic medicine that can be applied directly to the body.
Recovering from Gynecomastia
Downtime: You should plan to take up to 10 days off of work to allow yourself adequate time to rest after your procedure. If your job requires a high level of activity or if you participate regularly in sports, you will have to take at least three weeks off before returning to your regular endeavors.
Medication: Some mild to moderate discomfort may be experienced after the surgery. Your surgeon will prescribe pain medication to help reduce any pain you may experience. Some swelling and bruising can also be expected but typically subsides within the first couple weeks.
Every patient’s recovery process is different. The results, including scarring and the final product, will vary greatly depending on your body. You will be able to enjoy the results of your male breast reduction surgery within six to 12 months.
Male breasts are a very common occurrence in American men and can cause patients to feel embarrassment or discomfort. A gynecomastia surgery performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Mang can help you feel like yourself again. Contact Mang Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation. We proudly serve the men who reside in and around Atlanta and Alpharetta, Georgia.