Gynecomastia causes men to develop abnormal or excess breast tissue. The condition is typically caused by hormone imbalances or stubborn fat pockets, and does not affect overall health. However, sufferers can feel uncomfortable and lose confidence in their appearance. Dr. Leif O. Nordberg can safely remove excess fat and glandular tissue through male breast reduction at his Stamford, CT, practice. There are several methods that he can use for your unique procedure, including liposuction and removal of excess skin for permanent results.
What Causes Gynecomastia?
Many people assume that only overweight men will develop breasts. However, many men at a healthy weight can suffer from gynecomastia. In most cases, the condition is the result of hormonal imbalance, developing when men have a decrease in testosterone and an increase in estrogen. Stubborn pockets of fat that are difficult to reduce with diet and exercise can also lead to enlarged breasts.
Candidates for Male Breast Reduction
To be considered for treatment, you should be at a stable weight and committed to a healthy lifestyle. In addition, your breast tissue should have finished developing. Many boys and teens develop breasts during puberty, but are not candidates for surgery because the excess tissue will typically go away as hormone levels settle. Finally, you should have generally good health, and not smoke or drink excessively because these habits can decrease your ability to heal after body contouring treatment.
Male Breast Reduction Procedure
If you only have unwanted fat with no excess skin or glandular tissue, Dr. Nordberg may be able to reduce your breasts using only liposuction. After loosening the fat cells from the surrounding breast tissue, he will gently and precisely remove them using a small tube called a cannula.
For patients with excess skin and tissue, Dr. Nordberg will typically make an incision around the areola. Through this incision, he can remove excess skin, glandular tissue, and fat deposits. The incision typically is located along the edge of the pigmented skin, naturally concealing post-surgical scars.
If you have a severe amount of excess tissue, the procedure will be more extensive. Dr. Nordberg can remove significant amounts of unwanted skin and glandular tissue, relocating your nipple to a position higher on your chest. He will often perform liposuction at the same time for optimal results. Dr. Nordberg will perform advanced techniques to conceal scars with the natural contours of your chest and areola as much as possible.
When you maintain a healthy lifestyle and keep your weight stable, your results from male breast reduction can last for the rest of your life.
Recovery and Results
If you receive liposuction alone, you will typically only need to take a couple of days off of work, and can return to normal exercise in about a week. You may also have some swelling and bruising. After more extensive procedures, you may require a week to ten days of downtime, and will typically experience swelling and soreness. In most cases, you will be able to return to your normal workout routine in three to six weeks. As you recover and swelling subsides, you will see the natural-looking results of your treatment. When you maintain a healthy lifestyle and keep your weight stable, your treatment results can last for the rest of your life.
Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Nordberg
We are dedicated to providing safe, effective treatment for patients looking to improve their self-esteem and quality of life. To learn if this treatment is right for you, contact Dr. Nordberg’s office today.