Gynecomastia refers to over-developed or enlarged male breasts. Men may develop gynecomastia as the result of significant weight gain, hormonal changes, genetic factors or the use of certain drugs. Dr. Lacerna offers gynecomastia surgery, also known as male breast reduction. During the surgery, she removes excess breast tissue and flattens the chest’s contours to make it look more masculine.
Candidates for Male Breast Reduction
Ideal candidates for male breast reduction are men in good general health who are unhappy with enlarged breasts. Candidates should not smoke or have any medical conditions that could impair the healing process. In addition, they should be of a relatively normal weight, and their breast development should be stable. The best candidates have reasonable expectations of surgery — in essence, they expect improvement, not perfection.
Planning Gynecomastia Surgery
During your initial consultation, Dr. Lacerna will perform a physical examination of your breasts, including their size and shape, and the quality of your skin. She will inquire about your health history, previous surgeries and the medications that you currently take. Once Dr. Lacerna has determined that you are a good candidate for surgery, she will recommend a course of treatment and explain the procedure in more detail. She will answer any questions that you have and describe the results that you can expect.
Preparing For Surgery
You will receive detailed instructions for how to prepare for surgery. These instructions include dietary guidelines and a list of medications/vitamins to stop taking prior to surgery. If you smoke, you should plan to quit at least one to two weeks before your procedure and avoid smoking for at least two weeks after surgery. You should also avoid excessive sun exposure prior to surgery and eat a healthy, well-balanced diet to encourage prompt healing. If you become sick with a cold or infection, Dr. Lacerna will postpone your surgery until you’ve properly healed.
Male breast reduction is performed on an outpatient basis, so you will be able to return home the day of your procedure. Anesthesia will be administered for your comfort.
The surgical approach that Dr. Lacerna takes depends on several factors, including the degree of correction necessary. If your enlarged breasts are due primarily to excess fat, liposuction techniques alone may be sufficient. If you also have excessive glandular tissue, she will have to excise it.
Recovering from Surgery
After surgery, your chest will feel sore and look swollen, but these side effects will improve with time. You should avoid any strenuous activity in the days following surgery and get as much rest and relaxation as possible. Dr. Lacerna will explain how to take care of your incisions and change your surgical dressings. She will also see you for several follow-up appointments to check your healing progress and clear you to return to work and your normal routine.
Your New Look
By removing excess fat and tissue, gynecomastia surgery will produce a flatter and firmer chest. Your physique will look more masculine and you should experience a rise in self-confidence. As long as you maintain your weight with the proper diet and exercise, you can enjoy the results of surgery for many years to come.
Schedule a Gynecomastia Surgery Consultation
If you would like more information about male breast reduction, please contact Dr. Lacerna’s practice by calling 941-954-4500 or sending an email.