Gynecomastia in Houston
Gynecomastia refers to the unusual growth of excess breast tissue in men, which leads to overdeveloped male breasts. This abnormality can occur at any age and affects one or both breasts, perhaps even at uneven periods of time. It can cause great embarrassment and self-consciousness. Gynecomastia surgery is an effective solution to this condition.
While gynecomastia is mostly seen in adolescents or men above the age of 50, its development can occur anywhere from birth onwards. In most cases, the levels of estrogen (female hormone) supersede testosterone (male hormone) levels. There are numerous potential causes of gynecomastia.
Obesity and lack of exercise can promote the overgrowth of tissue in the male chest. Hormonal imbalance and metabolic dysfunction are also reasons for gynecomastia. The intake of alcohol or anabolic drugs can aggravate the condition. Diseases like cancer or liver failure are a few other root causes of growth of breast tissue in men.
Reasons to undergo Surgery
Most clients who opt for the procedure are embarrassed and dissatisfied with their appearance. Some clients experience unilateral gynecomastia (excess tissue on one side of the chest), whereas others are dealing with bilateral gynecomastia (excess tissue on both sides of the chest). Occasionally, the extra tissue can even cause discomfort in the form of pain and swelling. You can undergo the procedure to improve the overall proportions of your body.
It is best to undergo surgery only after a consultation with Dr. Lind. This will be the optimal way to find out more about the potential solutions for the issue. In many cases, gynecomastia can be reduced with the combination of adequate exercise and a healthy diet. During the consultation, your doctor will conduct many tests and physical examinations to help diagnose your condition.
The duration of gynecomastia surgery is 90 minutes or more, and it is performed under general anesthesia. Gynecomastia surgery varies depending on the needs of the client. If the breast has a heavy fatty tissue component, liposuction can be used to decrease the amount of fat.
In some instances, this is enough to correct the deformity. In others, especially those with more of an excess of glandular tissue, surgical excision is usually needed. Sometimes the two modalities are combined in order to get the optimal result. The surgical scars are well hidden.
After surgery, you will likely go home the same day. You will be required to wear an elastic garment to help with wound healing. This aids in controlling swelling and bruising, which typically occur following most surgeries.
All forms of strenuous activities should be avoided during recovery to prevent pain, discomfort, and complications. You will be prescribed a medication for pain. You should typically be able to return to work in three to five days. Strenuous activity can usually be resumed in about six weeks.
The outcome of the procedure is usually permanent, and a healthy diet and exercise will be instrumental in sustaining it. If you would like to come in for a consultation with Dr. Lind to learn more about gynecomastia surgery, contact our office today.