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Gynecomastia

Men can feel self-conscious about their bodies, just like women. If a man has a condition known as Gynecomastia, they may experience significant insecurities. In order to feel more confident, many men in Miami-Dade often consider male plastic surgery in Miami as a way to treat their condition.

What Should I Know about Gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia is a condition in men where the chest has a feminine appearance due to breast tissue or overhanging excess fat and skin. The cause of Gynecomastia is different among patients. Yet, knowing the exact cause is important to the outcome of the surgery.

What Can Cause Gynecomastia?

Often the condition is caused by hormonal imbalances. Men can have decreased testosterone and elevated levels of estrogen. It can be a natural imbalance, usually presenting in different life phases such as infancy, puberty, or late adulthood.

Another cause of gynecomastia is side effects from medication. Have you been on medication and noticed changes in your body? Certain medications can also cause Gynecomastia. Medications to treat prostate conditions, steroids, certain antidepressants, and even heart medication can all be a cause. Be sure to discuss any noted changes or side effects to drugs with your physician, as well as the use of alcohol.

It is also important to note that Gynecomastia can be attributed to other health conditions causing hormonal imbalance, including:

  • Tumors
  • Certain kidney conditions
  • Cirrhosis of the liver
  • Pituitary insufficiencies
  • Or inadequate nutrition

Sometimes you can correct the condition with lifestyle changes, diet, medication adjustment, or fixing the underlying cause. If not, then surgery is an option to correct Gynecomastia cosmetically.

What Does Gynecomastia Surgery in Miami Entail?

Surgery for Gynecomastia involves removing excess tissue and skin while tightening the chest skin or reducing the areola's size (the area around the nipple) to create a masculine appearance.

We modify Gynecomastia surgery in Miami for each patient. It may involve removing excess tissue, liposuction, and an adjustment to correct the appearance of the areola.

The goal is symmetry and a natural appearance and most, but not all patients are candidates.

Are There Contraindications for Gynecomastia Surgery?

You may need to be aware that obesity is not the same as Gynecomastia and would not allow you to be a candidate for the surgery. Certain tumors or breast cancer are also reasons to avoid surgery.

The other major contraindication would be an adverse reaction to anesthesia. Be sure to discuss with your doctor if you have any lung conditions or a previous reaction to anesthesia as they may proceed with alternative medications.

What Are Risks for Gynecomastia Surgery in Coral Gables/Miami?

Through good communication, you can discuss any potential surgical risks with the plastic surgeon. Many patients are excellent candidates, but lifestyle modifications may need to be made before considering Gynecomastia surgery. In particular, they may speak to you about cardiovascular or respiratory risks affecting both sedation and recovery. Be sure to discuss all medications, including herbal supplements, during your pre-operative visit.

What Does Recovery From Gynecomastia Surgery Entail?

Your body will need some time to recover during the first few weeks following Gynecomastia surgery in Coral Gables. Depending on the type of work you do, it may be necessary to take some time off work to recover. The specific procedure completed will also factor into how quickly you may resume normal activities.

Are you an avid exerciser? You will likely need to take a few weeks off from participating in strength or cardiovascular workouts. Your doctor will give you approval for when it is safe to return.

Most importantly, take medications as prescribed, attend your follow up appointments, and report any signs of infection. Good care and communication with your doctor ensure a strong recovery.

More Information About Gynecomastia Surgery in Miami or Coral Gables

If you would like more information about Gynecomastia surgery or other plastic surgery in Coral Gables, or in the Miami area, visit our website or contact us for additional information.

The material contained on this site is for informational purposes only and DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE PROVIDING OF MEDICAL ADVICE, and is not intended to be a substitute for independent professional medical judgment, advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health.

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