Gynecomastia in Houston, TX
Residents of Houston, Texas, with enlarged breasts or gynecomastia, turn to Signature Plastic Surgery’s Dr. David Stapenhorst.
Gynecomastia affects males of every age group and can lead to feelings of diminished self-esteem. The condition occurs when breast tissue swells in boys or men due to a hormonal imbalance of testosterone and estrogen. It can affect one or both breasts. When it affects baby boys, gynecomastia is usually the result of lingering estrogen produced by the mother. However, breast buds generally disappear by the time the baby is six months old. Pre-pubescent boys may form breast buds due to tumors that produce estrogen. Teen boys may suffer from the condition due to the effects of hormonal changes during puberty. Men may develop enlarged breasts due to certain medical conditions and drugs.
What Happens During a Gynecomastia Procedure by Dr. David Stapenhorst?
Dr. Stapenhorst begins by delivering general anesthesia to the patient. If he must remove both skin and fat, he will make an incision around the areola and nipple. After removing excess skin and fat, Dr. Stapenhorst will reposition the nipples to create a natural appearance. When only fat removal is needed, he may perform liposuction on the breasts. During liposuction, he will insert a cannula under the skin to destroy and suction away fat deposits.
When Can Normal Activities Resume After a Gynecomastia Procedure?
Gynecomastia patients should refrain from intense physical exertion that places a strain on the chest area. Normal activities may be resumed when the incisions have healed completely, which normally takes two to six weeks after surgery, based upon which specific procedure was performed.
How Long Is The Recovery After Gynecomastia?
Following the gynecomastia procedure, up to two weeks should be taken off of work. If your profession requires strenuous activity or heavy lifting, more than two weeks will be required. During the recovery period, a compression bandage will be worn over the chest to support the tissue as it heals. You may experience soreness, bruising, tenderness, or swelling. Dr. Stapenhorst will advise of any special restrictions or guidelines that should be followed.