Gynecomastia – unwanted breast tissue in boys and men – can affect one or both breasts, sometimes unevenly. Typically caused by hormonal fluctuations, the condition can affect newborns, boys going through puberty, and older men. These changes produce an imbalance in testosterone and estrogen levels.
This condition doesn’t always arise from excess fat due to lifestyle choices, and adopting a vigorous exercise program or strict diet may not correct it. Coping with gynecomastia is challenging because it can be painful and embarrassing, leading to low self-esteem and the loss of self-confidence.
For men who feel emasculated by the condition, male breast reduction surgery is a surgical option to eliminate excess tissue from their chest, creating a more masculine upper body shape.
Regardless of the surgical plan’s specifics, thorough preparation will help you feel more confident and will go a long way toward increasing the chances of a trouble-free surgery followed by a speedy, smooth recovery.
If you’re considering gynecomastia surgery, keep reading and be sure to make an appointment for a consultation at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery and Medspa in Vernon Hills, Illinois, during which you will learn all about the procedure and its risks and benefits.
Determine What You Want From the Procedure
Apart from removing excess breast tissue, this surgery is an opportunity for you to address any other aesthetic concerns you may have. These could include removing breast glandular tissue to reduce the size of the breasts, removing excess skin, and flattening the chest to enhance the chest’s masculine contours. In some cases, the gynecomastia might be causing the breasts to sag and stretch the areolas, requiring that the surgeon reposition and resize them.
Having your doctor at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery and Medspa develop a clear plan for your ultimate goal is crucial in ensuring you’ll feel satisfied with the outcome. During this meeting, your surgeon will evaluate the following when examining the fullness in your chest:
- Excess fat and tissue
- Loose skin surrounding the areolas
If you’ve experienced extreme weight loss, chest fullness could be the direct result of loose skin surrounding the areolas. However, if your gynecomastia concerns include excess fat and breast tissue, you may also need the surgical removal of tissue and fat through lipsuction.
Be Candid in Your Consultation
In preparation for your gynecomastia surgery, you must be honest with our staff during your consultation, especially about your full health history and any drugs you take, including tobacco products and alcohol. With this knowledge, we can help you avoid complications during your recovery. HIPAA laws require us to keep this information entirely confidential.
In scheduling your gynecomastia surgery, remember that you can have complete confidence in the team at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery and Medspa because our doctors:
- Are board-certified through the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
- Have in-depth knowledge of gynecomastia’s underlying causes.
- Have performed numerous male breast reduction surgeries using the techniques needed for your procedure.
- Are eager to show you before-and-after pictures of previous male breast reduction patients.
Your doctor has a detailed understanding and extensive experience in reducing breast tissue in men and recontouring the chest area to make it more masculine.
Commit to Lifestyle Changes
Even if your lifestyle did not cause your gynecomastia, having cosmetic surgery is an excellent opportunity to make a fresh start with your diet and exercise regimen. By following the guidelines below and establishing a healthy lifestyle ahead of your procedure, you will speed up your recovery and preserve your long-term results.
- Avoid sugar, white flour, and processed foods.
- Switch to a whole-food diet.
- Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Lower your alcohol consumption.
- Avoid taking steroids or hormonal supplements.
- Do not smoke tobacco or marijuana.
- Exercise three to six times a week, and be sure to include weightlifting and resistance exercises to build muscle.
Plan for a Healthy Recovery
In advance of your surgery, arrange for a friend or family member to drive you home and provide assistance with household chores during your initial 48 hours of recovery.
Returning home after your gynecomastia surgery and starting the recovery process can be a challenge. Plan to take some time off from work and other commitments, and expect to spend at least 48 hours resting.
Follow your doctor’s advice for your recovery, and you can expect a quick and trouble-free recovery.
Ready for Your Gynecomastia Procedure With Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery?
Are you looking forward to addressing your concerns about gynecomastia so you can start living the life you deserve? Regain your self-confidence with a leaner, more sculpted look throughout your chest area by scheduling a private consultation at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa in Vernon Hills, Illinois.
Call us at (847) 367-8815 or arrange a complimentary virtual consultation, and we will be happy to answer any questions you might have about dealing with gynecomastia.