Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Florence Mussat recognizes that gynecomastia, or enlarged male breast tissue, can be a highly embarrassing problem for many men. Often, men with gynecomastia feel so self-conscious about their condition that they avoid intimacy or social situations that require them to take their shirts off, such as swimming or enjoying a summer day at the lake. Fortunately, Dr. Mussat can discreetly treat gynecomastia with male breast reduction surgery.
Pseudo-Gynecomastia vs. Clinical Gynecomastia
Sometimes, men suffer from excess fat throughout the chest area, which contributes to the look of enlarged male breasts. This is referred to as pseudo-gynecomastia. Pseudo-gynecomastia may be caused by major weight fluctuations, age or hereditary traits. To improve the look of excess fat throughout the chest area, Dr. Mussat might recommend liposuction of the chest, for a more sculpted look throughout the treatment area.
Other men suffer from enlarged breast glandular tissue; this is true clinical gynecomastia. Clinical gynecomastia often occurs during adolescence, but may resolve itself as the male grows older. The condition also often affects older men, between the ages of 50 and 80. In addition, hormone imbalances caused by chronic use of some medications and drugs, such as anti-androgens, androgens, anabolic steroids, marijuana and alcohol (among several others), can lead to gynecomastia. There are also several health conditions that can cause gynecomastia, including hypogonadism, hyperthyroidism, kidney failure, liver failure, cirrhosis and some types of tumors.
What to Expect During Gynecomastia Surgical Treatment
To treat pseudo-gynecomastia, cosmetic surgeon Dr. Mussat may, again, perform liposuction of the chest. This is an outpatient procedure that can be performed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia and intravenous (IV) sedation. To start the liposuction procedure, she makes an extremely small incision in the treatment area, through which she inserts a cannula (a thin, hollow tube). She uses the cannula to suction out the unwanted fat. Once Dr. Mussat is finished, she dresses the treatment area with soft bandages and an overlying compression garment to provide added support to the tissues while they heal and to minimize swelling.
To treat clinical gynecomastia, Dr. Mussat performs male breast reduction surgery, and may include liposuction of the chest for optimal results. If she performs liposuction, she does this first. The Chicago gynecomastia surgeon then makes an incision around the outer edge of the areola, or the darker-pigmented skin encircling the nipple. Dr. Mussat removes excess skin, as needed, before removing excess breast glandular tissue. She closes the incision with sutures and dresses the treatment area with bandages and possibly an overlying compression garment.
After surgery, patients can expect to take about three to five days off from work or their usual routine. Many of the aesthetic benefits of gynecomastia treatment are visible right after surgery, but the final outcome of the procedure takes a few months to become fully apparent; this is how long it takes for the body to heal entirely and for any residual swelling to dissipate.
Stop Living with Embarrassment
You do not have to go through life feeling self-conscious or downright embarrassed due to gynecomastia. Gynecomastia surgery is a relatively quick procedure that can improve the look of enlarged male breasts, for a leaner, more sculpted look throughout the chest. To schedule a private consultation with Dr. Mussat and learn how gynecomastia surgery can help you feel proud of your appearance, contact her office by calling (312) 751-9000 today.