ARROYO PLASTIC SURGERY
Gynecomastia Houston TX
Gynecomastia refers to the enlargement of the male breasts, a condition that affects many men at one point or another. This condition manifests as excess sagging tissue in the chest or a breast appearance that resembles a woman’s breasts. Medical specialists agree that gynecomastia may be caused by hereditary factors, hormonal imbalance, certain drugs, and medications, among other factors. The majority of men who are affected by this condition experience diminished self-esteem and self-consciousness when exposing their chest. Male breast reduction – or gynecomastia plastic surgery – is a cosmetic procedure to reduce breast size and enhance chest contours in men. Patients who receive this unique treatment attain a masculine chest that boosts their confidence and improves their quality of life.
Houston, TX plastic surgeon Dr. Christian Arroyo offers male breast reduction surgery to patients in his Houston backyard, as well as surrounding Texas cities of River Oaks, Bellaire, Katy, Memorial, Briarforest, Sugarland, Pearland, Kingwood, Jacinto City, Galena Park, Pasadena, Cloverleaf, Aldine, Spring, the Woodlands, and more. The surgeon’s goal is to give men the masculine breast appearance that they desire. Dr. Arroyo understands that the needs of different men are unique and goes out of the way to create a highly individualized treatment plan for each patient. More so, the surgeon utilizes advanced surgical techniques to achieve the desired breast reduction goals while minimizing the risk of scarring and other side effects.
Is Male Breast Reduction for me?
Male breast reduction surgery aims to give men who have a feminine-like appearance of the male breasts a better contoured, masculine-looking chest. You may be a good candidate for this procedure if:
- You are in good physical and emotional health
- You suffer from very enlarged male breasts that cause discomfort
- You experience self-consciousness due to the anatomy of your male breasts
- You have tried dieting and exercise in order to alleviate gynecomastia but with no success
- You have realistic expectations about the outcome of gynecomastia surgery
When you visit Dr. Arroyo’s Houston office, the surgeon will listen to your concerns, examine your chest, and let you know whether this procedure is for you. In some cases, Dr. Arroyo may ask that you try exercise and dieting before undergoing surgery. The surgeon also requires smokers to quit at least 4 weeks before the surgery. During the planning stages of your gynecomastia procedure, you will be asked to stop taking certain types of medication and supplements.
Your Male Breast Reduction Consultation in Houston
During your first male breast reduction consultation in Houston, Dr. Arroyo will carefully review your medical history to ascertain that you are in good shape to undergo this procedure. Detailed measurements of your breasts will be taken, and the surgeon will also evaluate your skin quality. Once Dr. Arroyo has all the necessary information, he will discuss a customized treatment plan to meet your goals. He will do this by using a state of the art virtual consultation tool in which he will be able to show you in real time what the procedure would entail, where the scars would be located and what you can expect using your own pictorial anatomy. This initial consultation visit is very important not only to create your male breast reduction surgery road map but also to get all your questions answered. Make sure to clearly discuss your expectations with the surgeon, as well as learn what to expect during recovery.
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Gynecomastia Surgery FAQ
What causes gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia – enlargement of the male breasts – is a very common condition that is caused by hereditary factors, hormonal imbalance, obesity, lack of proper nutrition, liver disease, tumors in the adrenal glands, or testicles, hyperthyroidism, hypogonadism, and certain anabolic drugs, among other causes.
When will I see results?
Following your gynecomastia surgery in West Houston TX, Dr. Arroyo will discharge you to continue with recovery from home. Results of this plastic surgery are typically evident immediately after recovery (after you stop wearing the compression garment). Although individual results may vary, most of Dr. Arroyo’s patients are extremely happy about the outcome of this procedure. However, the surgeon will ask that you maintain a healthy lifestyle (diet and exercise) in order to retain the benefits of this procedure for many years.
Can gynecomastia fix itself?
Some younger males who develop this condition realize that it rectifies itself as they enter adulthood. This is typically because the enlargement of breast tissue was caused by hormonal imbalance. In some other cases, men can get rid of this gynecomastia through exercise and dieting. Dr. Arroyo typically recommends surgery as a measure of last resort in situations where the enlargement does not appear to respond to exercise or other remedies.
Can gynecomastia be combined with other procedures?
Yes. Some men opt to combine this procedure with other cosmetic surgery such as a tummy tuck. Make sure to let Dr. Arroyo know what your goals are (during your initial consultation) so he can craft an effective treatment plan to suit your needs.
Will there be scars?
Many patients who are preparing for gynecomastia surgery are concerned about the risk of scarring. Dr. Arroyo makes sure to hide scarring in concealed areas where it is hardly visible. Furthermore, the surgeon will provide precise instructions on how to lower the risk of visible scarring. This may include using silicone scar sheets or cream immediately after your incision sites have healed.
When can I resume exercise and lifting weights?
Following your male breast reduction procedure, it is important that you give your body enough space to heal and recover. Dr. Arroyo recommends that you take at least two weeks away from work – although many patients are able to resume their daily routines within 5 days. Because lifting weights and engaging in strenuous activities can negatively affect healing, the surgeon will ask that you desist from doing this until after 4 weeks to optimize your result and minimize scarring.