What is Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is the over development of male breast tissue and is usually idiopathic in nature, but can occur as a result of hormone imbalance, obesity, genetic predisposition or taking certain pharmaceuticals. It is often resistant to diet and exercise because, besides excess fat, many men sometimes also have excess glandular tissue in the breasts that becomes noticeable even as they slim down. It is normal for males in puberty to have some swelling and tenderness of the breasts and nipple area in response to the hormonal changes of the body during this time. Breast tissue in a young man that lasts for more than a year or past the age of 18 should be evaluated.
Can you explain me the gynecomastia procedure?
Male chest liposuction surgery removes the excess fat as well as glandular tissue to create a flat, firm, more masculine appearance to the chest. Liposuction is completed using Power Assisted Liposuction (PAL) technology. This will remove much of the unwanted fatty tissue. If gynecomastia is mainly due to excess fat, then liposuction alone should be a self sufficient treatment. If there is any additional hard glandular tissue in the breast, and it feels like rubber, then a small surgery is recommended to be done simultaneously.
What about recovery from a gynecomastia procedure?
Most patients can return to a desk or office job in as little as 2-3 days, but if your job requires heavy lifting or aggressive upper body movement, you may be out for 4-6 weeks. After the first week, patients will be able to resume all core and lower body exercise activities. Upper body specific exercises such as pushups, pullups, bench press, etc. should be avoided for about 4-6 weeks.