While it’s not unusual for women to desire large breasts, this is something men wish to avoid. Even so, men in the tri-state area of Southern Indiana, Northern Kentucky, and Illinoismaysometimes be plagued by gynecomastia or the development of “man boobs.” Gynecomastia surgery, otherwise known as a male breast reduction,performed by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ryan Flannagan at Flannagan Plastic Surgery could be the solution for all Evansville and Jasper residents who want to get rid of their breasts.
What is a Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is a condition that affects only men. During adolescence, some boys experience breast growth through excess skin and tissue in the chest area. This happens to around 40% of boys during puberty and can sometimes go away with time. However, if as an adult, the condition remains the same, a surgery can be performed to reduce the appearance of enlarge breasts.
A gynecomastia procedure in male patients is similar to a breast reduction in women and involves removing excess tissue to create a flatter chest area. The only difference is that in men, most of the breast tissue is removed, whereas women may have only a portion eliminated.
What Causes Gynecomastia?
It’s easy to understand why it might be uncomfortable for men to have enlarged breasts. Breasts are most often considered feminine and can also add excess volume and weight to the body. In addition to puberty, lifestyle and medical conditions can contribute to enlarged male breasts. Some of these factors are:
- Some prescription medications and medications containing estrogen
- Steroid use
- Klinefelter Syndrome
- Gilbert’s Syndrome
- Production irregularities in the testicles
- Liver function irregularities
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- Excessive marijuana use
Is a GynecomastiaProcedure Right for Me?
With male breast reduction, gynecomastia can be effectively treated regardless of the underlying cause. Male breast reduction can reduce the size of the breasts in males and provide the following benefits:
- More toned appearance
- Visible pectoral muscles
- Enhanced masculine appearance
If you are a male and are insecure about the size of your breasts, male breast reduction can be an effective, safe solution. Even if you’re unsure about why your breasts seem large, we can help you find the right solution. In fact, most male breast reduction surgeries are performed on males whom are at a healthy weight. If you’re considering your candidacy, schedule a consultation with Dr. Flannagan.
Elements of a GynecomastiaProcedure
During gynecomastia surgery, Dr. Flannagan will:
- Administer anesthesia
- Make one or more incisions in your chest area in order to access and remove tissue
- Perform liposuction and gland removal
- Pull together and tighten muscle, skin and fat, securing tissues together with stitches
- Bandage your wounds to keep them clean and dry during the healing process
How Long is the Recovery After a Gynecomastia Procedure?
You can expect a full recovery to take between four and six weeks. Light activity such as walking is recommended shortly after surgery; however, you should avoid raising your arms over your head or performing strenuous activity such as weightlifting for at least two to three weeks.
How Much Does a Gynecomastia Procedure Cost?
The first step in determining your cost is to schedule a gynecomastia consultation at Flannagan Plastic Surgery. This will allow us to develop a custom treatment program as well as a detailed cost analysis. We will then go over this cost analysis item by item to ensure you fully understand each item listed. After that, our team will work out the best financing option for your needs and budget. Most of our patients use a combination of the following to pay for their procedures:
- Personal or cashier’s checks
- American Express
- CareCredit® Financing
Why Choose Flannagan Plastic Surgery?
Flannagan Plastic Surgery offers safe and effective gynecomastia procedures to residents of Evansville and Jasper and the surrounding cities. If you are in the tri-state area of Indiana, Northern Kentucky, or Illinois, contact board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ryan Flannagan at Flannagan Plastic Surgery today to schedule a consultation and learn how gynecomastia surgery can help you feel great again.