Gynecomastia is a medical condition in which excess fat or tissue in the chest area produces the appearance of breasts in men. By turns embarrassing and emasculating, gynecomastia can detract from the appearance of the entire body, often stubbornly remaining long after other areas have responded to diet and exercise. In fact, diet and exercise, while effective in several areas of the body, may have no impact on gynecomastia. This can be incredibly frustrating.
If your efforts at weight loss and body contouring have netted zero results in your chest, it may be time to consider male breast reduction. With this procedure, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Andrea Doyle can eliminate stubborn breast tissue, producing a tight and toned appearance and restoring a masculine look to the chest.
Schedule your male breast reduction consultation at the Centre for Aesthetic & Reconstructive Surgery by calling 401-336-3770 today. Located in East Greenwich, we welcome men from all surrounding areas of Rhode Island.
Causes of Gynecomastia
The cause of gynecomastia is not always known. Hormone fluctuations in youth can cause the condition, but this tends to self-correct over time. Certain medications can cause gynecomastia as well, though these stop contributing once they are discontinued. The same is true of steroids and marijuana use, both of which are linked to the development of breasts in men.
In many cases, the cause of gynecomastia is weight gain. When fat alone is produce the appearance of breasts, a simple liposuction procedure may be sufficient to eliminate the problem and restore definition. In cases where glandular tissue is present as well, excising unnecessary tissue may be necessary for optimal results. This will be discussed in greater detail during your time in our care.
Taking Care of Yourself
Male breast reduction is permanent. Weight gain is still possible, however. The best and most effective way to help reduce your risks for redeveloping gynecomastia is through the adoption of a healthy lifestyle.
You can help maintain your male breast reduction results by:
- Eating Healthy. Choose whole foods, raw vegetables and fruits, lean proteins, and other healthful foods. Work with a nutritionist if you need help developing a personalized plan that will truly work for you
- Getting Exercise. The CDC recommends 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity exercise every week. Getting enough exercise will help you maintain your results. Getting more than enough – and adding things like weight training – will help enhance them
Just like working with a nutritionist can help in developing healthy eating habits, working with a personal trainer can help ensure the activities you take up are ideally suited for your body and needs.
Ready to schedule your male breast reduction consultation?
Dr. Andrea Doyle would love to discuss your gynecomastia treatment options with you during a private one-on-one consultation. Contact our office online or give us a call to get started on achieving your own aesthetic goals.
Dr. Doyle is a board-certified Rhode Island plastic surgeon who performs aesthetic and reconstructive surgeries to help change the lives of her patients in positive and empowering ways.
Male Breast Reduction Procedure & Recovery
The male breast reduction procedure will depend on the underlying cause and composition of your gynecomastia. Fat is removed through liposuction. Tissue is removed surgically. In some cases, both will be necessary.
The method of breast reduction used will impact your recovery. In most cases, you will need to take a few days to rest before returning to work. Strenuous activities will need to be avoided for up to four weeks. You should be able to adopt vigorous and demanding chest exercises after about six weeks. This can enhance your male breast reduction results.
You may experience some bruising, tenderness, and swelling in the treatment area. These things are natural to the healing response. Swelling can be reduced with compression garments and by taking several walks throughout the day. Discomfort following male breast reduction often responds well to over-the-counter medications. Bruising will subside on its own.
You can help reduce risks and improve your recovery experience by carefully following all of Dr. Doyle’s pre and postoperative advice. Your progress will be monitored during your follow-up visits where you will also be given the go-ahead to resume activities as appropriate.
Will I Have a Scar?
Incisions leave scars. Liposuction scars are tiny and unnoticeable when cared for appropriately. So too are scars from incisions. Proper care will help reduce your risks for thick and visible scars. Be sure to avoid nicotine and blood thinners during your recovery process to encourage proper healing.
Contact the Centre for Aesthetic & Reconstructive Surgery
Are you a good candidate for male breast reduction? Call 401-336-3770 to schedule a consultation and find out. Our board-certified plastic surgeon welcomes patients from East Greenwich, Exeter, Coventry, and all surrounding Rhode Island communities.