Gynecomastia, the enlargement of male breasts, has become an extremely common condition in the male population. Gynecomastia can affect both or just one of the male breasts, and while the majority of cases do not have a known cause, research has shown that some cases may be related to alcohol and drug use (marijuana and anabolic steroids in particular) and various medical conditions. Excessive glandular breast tissue and fat have both been found to be contributing factors to the development of gynecomastia. For men who are not happy with their appearance because of gynecomastia, reduction surgery is available and can help individuals regain confidence and pride in their appearance.
To perform gynecomastia correction surgery, also referred to as a male breast reduction, Dr. Gikas, a gynecomastia Chicago surgeon, will begin by making an incision in the areola, the dark area surrounding the nipple, or in the armpit. Excess fat and glandular tissue are then removed to create a flatter and firmer chest. Liposuction may be performed in conjunction with the surgery, depending on the patient’s condition and the desired results. A flatter and firmer chest is a main contributing factor to a more masculine physique, and gynecomastia correction surgery can dramatically enhance an individual’s figure and self-esteem. The best candidates for a gynecomastia correction procedure will have firm, elastic skin that will reshape well after the surgery. Good Chicago male breast reduction candidates will also be emotionally stable and in good physical health. This procedure may be discouraged for overweight or obese men who have not made an initial attempt to lose weight with healthy dieting or exercise, which may correct the problem without surgery. Also, individuals who drink excessively, smoke marijuana or take anabolic steroids are not typically favorable candidates for gynecomastia correction surgery. It is advised that these activities be discontinued to observe whether the breast fullness diminishes before considering the surgery.
A gynecomastia correction procedure is usually performed on an outpatient basis. Your plastic surgeon may use local or general anesthesia, depending on your health and the severity of your condition. Gynecomastia correction surgery is sometimes covered by medical insurance; be sure to research this before your operation. Male breast reduction patients should expect temporary bruising, swelling, numbness, soreness and burning sensations following their procedure. Most patients are able to return to work within 3-7 days and more strenuous activity in about 2-3 weeks. It is essential to the success of the procedure that every prospective patient for gynecomastia correction surgery researches what the procedure will entail and keeps realistic expectations for their surgery.
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About Dr. Gikas
As a highly skilled cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Gikas has extensive training and experience performing a wide range of image enhancing surgical procedures. He is a talented breast surgeon who helps Chicago breast reduction, breast lift, breast reconstruction and breast augmentation patients achieve results that greatly enhance their appearance yet still appear natural. In addition to breast surgery, Dr. Gikas is known for his expertise as a body contouring specialist. He uses his talents to help Chicago abdominoplasty and liposuction patients achieve their ideal figure.