Excessive development of breast tissue (gynecomastia) can be embarrassing for men. With help from Dr. Michael J. Streitmann, men can finally find the solution to this condition.
Let’s look at some of the most commonly asked questions about male breast reduction surgery.
Any adult man suffering gynecomastia is a potential candidate for treatment. The best way to determine whether surgery will help you is to speak with Dr. Streitmann.
Before getting surgery performed, you should talk to your primary care physician to determine the extent of breast development and determine, if possible, the underlying condition that created the issue. This will help you get the best, longest-lasting results possible.
Dr. Streitmann isn’t just a medical expert – he’s a refreshingly straightforward, no-nonsense guy who will give you the truth after a brief visual inspection. It only takes a few minutes for him to determine what he can do for you, and most men feel relieved when they get the facts.
Male breast reduction is considered a cosmetic procedure. It is rare for men to get insurance coverage for this process – typically only when cancer is detected. As the top Houston plastic surgeon performing male breast reduction surgery in The Woodlands, Dr. Streitmann will work with you to help you get the care you need.
There are two options for male breast reduction in Houston. The first is traditional surgical excision. In this situation, a set of small incisions is made in the patient’s chest and the excess fat and other tissue is removed. The position of each incision is based on your needs, but they are intended to be as small as possible – to accelerate recovery and reduce scarring.
The conventional method allows freedom in sculpting a natural-looking and masculine chest contour.
Liposuction is another potential approach to your treatment. When you choose liposuction, a tapering of excess fat can be achieved to produce a masculine chest shape. However, this method cannot remove deep glandular tissue, which is fibrous compared to adipose (fat) tissue.
In many cases, it’s necessary to combine both options to achieve the best results. Each outpatient procedure typically takes one to three hours and is performed under general anesthesia. Rarely, it may be necessary to visit the doctor more than once to complete treatment. Most men will need to wear a compression garment for several weeks after surgery.
You will be prescribed antibiotics to help prevent infections and you may be prescribed pain medication for the immediate aftermath of surgery. Some patients require this for only a few days and it is not usually necessary to maintain the use of pain medication for longer than two weeks.
It’s usually possible to return to work after a few days, but a full week off is a good precaution. Vigorous exercise should be avoided for at least three full weeks. Discomfort will substantially decrease after the first month, but some scarring will remain.
Patients must be careful to use their medical compression garment at all times as prescribed by their doctor.
Stiffness and discomfort is most pronounced in the first two or three days after surgery, so you should be careful not to stress the chest. Aside from this, aftercare requirements are simple. Dr. Streitmann will advise you on the most important steps to take.
Although results do tend to be long-lasting, it is not possible to predict whether they will be permanent. If there is a major underlying hormonal imbalance or other condition causing breast tissue development, this must be addressed to prevent future growth.
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