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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.

Gynecomastia Surgical Approach

During gynecomastia plastic surgery, Dr. Arroyo’s team will administer intravenous sedation to keep you comfortable throughout the treatment. The surgeon will then make an incision along the edge of the areola or in any other appropriate location. The surgical method to be used will be determined by the severity of your enlargement, and will be discussed during your preoperative consultation. Patients who have mild gynecomastia can benefit from liposuction to get rid of the excess fat from the breast/chest region. In severe cases of this condition, the surgeon will remove excess tissue and skin to achieve the desired masculine appearance. Once the re-contouring has been completed, Dr. Arroyo will close incisions and place gauze and bandage on the treatment area. This procedure takes about 2-3 hours to complete. Because gynecomastia surgery is considered to be an outpatient procedure, most patients are allowed to go home on the same day to continue with recovery.

Dr. Arroyo’s unique Sedation Method

During a breast reduction procedure, Dr. Christian Arroyo utilizes a unique sedation method that is referred to as Total Intravenous Anesthesia (TIVA) Sedation. This technique is considered to be generally safer and allows the patient to breathe on their own without any intubation during surgery. Furthermore, patients do not suffer from side effects such as nausea, vomiting, or pain associated with general anesthesia. Once you have been prepped for surgery, the surgeon’s team will administer a specific type of oral medication to ease the nerves and assist with pain control. Instead of the typical intravenous medication, this is an oral version that many of his breast augmentation patients find to be very comfortable and preferable. It helps to utilize fewer intravenous medications during surgery and has lower chances of resulting in anesthesia side effects such as respiratory depression. After this the patient is brought into the operating room where a painless IV is started and intravenous medications are administered to give the patient a nice comfortable sedation, completely unaware of anything and without intubation. The patient is very closely monitored by Dr. Arroyo’s surgical staff with patient safety being the #1 priority. After the surgery is done, you wake up relaxed without pain, nausea or vomiting and ready to go home and recover.

Recovery After Male Breast Reduction in Houston

It is not uncommon to experience some bruising and swelling around the chest area following your gynecomastia surgery. This discomfort tends to dissipate on its own over time. Furthermore, Dr. Arroyo will prescribe pain medication to improve your comfort level. You will be provided with a specialized compression garment that should be worn as long as required because it helps shape the outcome of your treatment. The majority of Dr. Arroyo’s male breast reduction patients are able to resume routine daily activities within a few days. However, you will be asked to desist from heavy lifting and strenuous activities for at least 3 weeks, or until after you get the green-light from the plastic surgeon. Make sure to strictly adhere to Dr. Arroyo’s post-operative instructions in order to ensure a speedy and uninterrupted recovery process.

Plan Your Procedure in Houston Texas

Dr. Christian Arroyo performs male breast reduction surgery in his AAAASF certified in-office operating room supported by a highly qualified nursing staff. The cost may vary from one patient to another, depending on the amount of breast tissue that needs to be removed. However, many of Dr. Arroyo’s patients can expect to pay between $6,000 and $8,000 for this treatment. Insurance companies typically do not cover the cost of gynecomastia or its complications. During your initial consultation visit with Dr. Arroyo, the surgeon’s team will provide an initial cost estimate so you have what you need to arrange for financing. It is also important that you arrange for someone to drive you home and help out with chores for a day or two following your gynecomastia surgery.

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.