Gynecomastia Surgery (Male Breast Reduction) in Houston, TX
Gynecomastia surgery removes fat and breast tissue to give you a firmer, flatter, more masculine chest appearance. The procedure is performed by plastic surgeon Christopher Hankins, MD, medical director at Premier Plastic Surgery. His practice serves the residents of Houston, Pearland, Lake Jackson, and the surrounding areas of South Houston.
Gynecomastia is the medical term that describes men who have excess tissue that causes enlarged breasts. It is not associated with breast cancer. It can occur in infants, teenage boys, and adult men. For those men suffering with gynecomastia, the condition can be a source of embarrassment and loss of self-confidence.
Obesity or weight gain can cause excess male breast tissue and skin leading to gynecomastia. However, other causes of enlarged male breasts include heredity, hypothyroidism, certain medications, the use of anabolic steroids in bodybuilders, or a hormonal imbalance.
If you are suffering from gynecomastia in one or both breasts, Dr. Christopher Hankins can discuss gynecomastia treatment as well as his surgical approach to safely and precisely remove the excess fat, breast tissue, and skin to re-contour your chest.
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What is Gynecomastia Surgery?
Hankins performs male breast reduction surgery at an accredited surgical center under general anesthesia. For male patients who are dealing with stretched or sagging skin due to the weight of the breast tissue, Dr. Hankins will surgically remove the excess skin and reposition the areola. A combination of surgical removal and liposuction may be recommended to treat gynecomastia.
What Are the Benefits of Male Breast Reduction?
Some of the benefits of male breast reduction surgery or gynecomastia surgery include:
- Restored confidence
- No more embarrassment when swimming or taking your shirt off
- Restores a more masculine appearance to your chest
- No more worrying about the shirt you choose and whether or not “they’ll show through”
- You can wear tighter, more form-fitting garments
- Physical activities can be easier
- Results are long-term
- Recovery time is relatively short
Who is a Good Candidate for Gynecomastia Surgery?
If you’re a healthy adult male who is uncomfortable or experiences self-consciousness due to the appearance of your chest due to gynecomastia, chances are high that you’ll be a good candidate for male breast reduction surgery. You will see dramatic, almost immediate results after the gynecomastia surgery, and there is typically a minimal amount of scarring.
Gynecomastia Surgery Recovery
The healing process from male breast reduction surgery will be different for each individual, but as a general rule, any pain or discomfort following the procedure is typically minimal and easily managed. Many patients find over-the-counter pain medications like Tylenol are sufficient.
You may be given a compression garment to wear for a few days to a few weeks. This will help your comfort levels and enhance the healing process. Depending on your unique situation, you may be able to return to work within a few days, but rigorous exercise usually needs to be avoided for several weeks.
Dr. Hankins will address these issues and any other concerns you may have during your consultations prior to treatment.
How much does gynecomastia surgery cost? Premier Plastic Surgery proudly offers financing options for our patients – call our office for pricing information.
There’s no need to continue suffering with embarrassing “man boobs” with male breast reduction at Premier Plastic Surgery. If you live in Houston, Pearland, Lake Jackson, or the neighboring areas of South Houston, contact us today to find out more or to set up a complimentary consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions about Gynecomastia
Can gynecomastia be cured without surgery?
No, it cannot.
How long does it take to recover from male breast reduction?
The full recovery process for gynecomastia surgery is typically about 4-6 weeks. However, most patients can resume light duty after 7-14 days.
How do I know if I have gynecomastia?
Most patients with gynecomastia notice swelling, pain, lumps, or an enlargement of the breasts.
When will I see the results of gynecomastia surgery?
The results of gynecomastia surgery can be seen immediately, but as the swelling goes down, you will see more noticeable results. The final results show up 3-6 months after surgery.
What causes gynecomastia?
There are a variety of causes of gynecomastia including hormonal changes, certain medications, marijuana, anabolic steroid use, and certain health conditions.
What occurs during gynecomastia surgery?
Depending on the anatomy of the deformity, excess tissue and skin are removed to enable the breast to be tailored to a more normal appearance.
Are the results of gynecomastia permanent?
Yes, assuming the patient’s weight remains stable.