The whole purpose of this surgery is to provide breast reduction for men. Some men see a reduction in testosterone and an increase in estrogen production. This imbalance can cause excess breast tissue to grow, leading to gynecomastia. While it doesn’t necessarily cause you any physical harm, enlarged breasts can be embarrassing and affect a man’s mental health. It can stop you from wearing certain clothes or enjoying different things in life. Gynecomastia surgery will remove excess fat and glandular tissue from the breasts, flattening out your chest and making it look more masculine.
Gynecomastia surgery can follow different procedures depending on the candidate. It all begins with a consultation, where Dr. Phillips or Dr. Sozer will assess you. Your chest area will be examined to see which techniques will work the best.
From here, what typically happens is an incision is made on your breasts. Through this incision, any excess fat or glandular tissue can be removed from the area, creating a flatter chest. The incision is that sutured, and you will have to undergo the recovery process. Sometimes, liposuction is used alongside gynecomastia surgery to remove the fatty tissue from your breasts.
What can you expect from the gynecomastia recovery period? In truth, the exact recovery time can vary. It all comes down to the techniques used, the extent of your gynecomastia, and your overall physical condition. Physically fit and healthy candidates tend to recover faster, purely because their body allows it.
Still, a good rule of thumb is to wait 1-3 weeks before returning to non-strenuous activities. This is because the site needs time to heal, and any swelling has to go down. You will be given a special garment to be worn after your surgery, and we advise you to keep this on for at least 3 weeks after. It’s designed to compress the site, speeding up the recovery process. After around 3 or so weeks, most candidates can return to their normal activities – including sports and mild exercise. The doctors at El Paso Plastic Surgery strongly advise to avoid exposing the area to direct sunlight for at least 6 months. This will stop the scars from darkening and ensures they fade away as quickly as possible.