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Gynecomastia Surgery

Gynecomastia is a condition wherein an imbalance in the level of estrogen and progesterone in men can lead to an increase in the volume of breast gland tissues. Simply put, gynecomastia leads to prominent breasts in boys and men. It’s important to highlight that gynecomastia occurs because of increased breast gland tissues — not fat tissues. If you feel self-conscious or anxious because of gynecomastia, gynecomastia surgery in Dallas is the removal of excess glandular tissues can help you achieve a firm, sculpted chest.

Goals of Gynecomastia Surgery Include:

  • Remove excess breast gland tissues from the chest
  • Remove excess fat cells from the chest
  • Remove excess fat cells from around the pectoralis muscles
  • Make the chest look firm and sculpted
  • Improve aesthetically manly contours of the chest
  • Improve self-esteem and confidence

Dr. Chiodo’s Personalized Gynecomastia Surgery

Dr. Chiodo performs a highly personalized gynecomastia surgery after a thorough evaluation. During your consultation, he carefully examines your chest, measures the volume of breast tissues, determines if you have gynecomastia or pseudogynecomastia (appearance of breasts because of excess fat cells), and discusses your goals and concerns. After determining if you have actual gynecomastia and measuring the volume of fat/ breast cells, he curates a personalized surgical plan for you.

Your gynecomastia surgery is performed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with intravenous sedation. If you have pseudogynecomastia or mild gynecomastia with excess fat cells in your breast, you may only need liposuction to flatten the chest. The surgeon will make a small incision on the chest, usually on the natural crease of your skin. Through the incision, the surgeon for your gynecomastia surgery in Dallas will insert a hollow needle (cannula) to loosen and suction away excess fat cells.

If you have actual gynecomastia, the surgeon must remove the excess glandular tissues using a puncture incision technique. Dr. Chiodo will make an extremely small, barely perceptible incision, through which all the excess breast gland tissues will be removed. He may also remove fat cells from the corners of the pectoralis muscles to enhance the visibility of your chest muscles, making your chest look firm, sculpted, and masculine.

Candidates for Gynecomastia Surgery:

  • Have excess breast gland tissues in the chest (gynecomastia)
  • Feel self-conscious or anxious because of male breasts
  • Want to achieve a masculine and firm chest
  • Are in good physical and mental health
  • Have realistic expectations from the procedure
  • Are nonsmokers or willing to stop smoking before and after the procedure
  • Can take a few days off work and other responsibilities to recover

How Gynecomastia Surgery Works

Gynecomastia occurs when excess breast gland tissues accumulate in the chest, leading to a breast. The formation of a male breast isn’t necessarily linked to weight gains; even relatively thin people can have gynecomastia because of a hormonal imbalance. If you have pseudogynecomastia, i.e., the appearance of a male breast because of excess fat cells, liposuction might be enough to flatten your chest. But if you have actual gynecomastia, the surgeon for your gynecomastia surgery in Dallas must remove the excess breast gland cells through a small incision.

Recovery After Gynecomastia Surgery

You will experience some bruising and swelling after your gynecomastia surgery, for which you will have to wear compression garments. The bruising and swelling will gradually subside after a week or two. You can return to work and most of your daily activities after a few days, but strenuous workouts should be avoided for at least 2 weeks.

Gynecomastia FAQs

What are the common causes of gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia can result from hormone imbalances, such as excess estrogen relative to testosterone. Other causes include medications, obesity, aging, and certain medical conditions.

How can I determine if I have gynecomastia or just excess chest fat?

To differentiate between gynecomastia and chest fat, pinch the chest area. Gynecomastia feels firm, like a disk, beneath the nipple, while excess fat is soft and more evenly distributed. Determining whether you have actual gynecomastia can be difficult, so we encourage you to consult Dr. Chiodo. Whether you have excess breast tissue or excess chest fat, he will curate the appropriate treatment plan to help you achieve a chiseled, masculine chest.

Is gynecomastia a temporary condition, or does it require treatment?

Gynecomastia can be temporary, particularly if it results from medication or hormonal fluctuations during adolescence. However, persistent cases may necessitate treatment to alleviate physical and emotional discomfort.

What are the available treatment options for gynecomastia?

The most effective treatment for gynecomastia is gynecomastia surgery, which may include liposuction, surgical glandular tissue removal, or a combination of both. The choice depends on the severity of the condition and whether you have actual gynecomastia or excess chest fat.

Are there non-surgical treatments for gynecomastia?

Non-surgical treatments like hormone therapy or lifestyle changes may help with mild cases of gynecomastia. However, their effectiveness can vary, and it’s incredibly difficult to get rid of gynecomastia through lifestyle changes. The most effective way to address persistent gynecomastia is through surgery.

Are there any potential risks or complications associated with gynecomastia surgery?

Gynecomastia surgery, like any surgical procedure, carries potential risks like infections, bleeding, scarring, or asymmetry. However, Dr. Chiodo takes special precautions and provides detailed aftercare guidelines to mitigate these risks.

Can gynecomastia come back after surgical treatment?

Gynecomastia recurrence is fairly uncommon after surgery, but it can happen if underlying hormonal imbalances or other contributing factors persist. Dr. Chiodo will inform you of lifestyle changes that can mitigate the risk of gynecomastia recurrence.

How much does gynecomastia surgery cost, and is it covered by insurance?

The cost of gynecomastia surgery can vary widely based on the complexity of your case, the surgical techniques needed, and other factors. Consult Dr. Chiodo for an evaluation and detailed cost estimate tailored to your specific case.

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Dr. Michael Chiodo is a fellowship-trained plastic and reconstructive surgeon specializing in the latest and safest surgical procedures for the body. He embraces the latest techniques in all endeavors, ensuring his patients always have access to cutting-edge treatments. Furthermore, Dr. Chiodo supports you through every stage of your surgical journey, from the initial consultation to the final stages of recovery. Please schedule an appointment to explore your options for gynecomastia surgery in Dallas.

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