Gynecomastia in Katy, TX
Male residents of Katy and Houston, Texas, suffering from gynecomastia or enlarged breasts turn to Signature Plastic Surgery’s Dr. David Stapenhorst to find solutions.
Gynecomastia is more common that many people realize. This condition involves the increase in the size of the breasts, often due to dysfunction of the endocrine system. Most boys experience some breast development as they go through puberty, but gynecomastia affects males of every age group. When it affects infant boys, it is normally due to estrogen from the mother and by six months of age, the breast buds will have disappeared. Adolescent boys may form breast buds due to tumors that secrete estrogen, while teenagers may develop breasts due to hormone changes associated with puberty. A number of medical conditions can also lead to enlarged breasts in men, such as certain drugs or physical ailments.
What Happens During a Gynecomastia Procedure by Dr. David Stapenhorst?
Gynecomastia procedures are performed under general anesthesia. If Dr. Stapenhorst needs to remove both skin and fat, he will make an incision around the nipple and areola. He will remove excess skin and fat and reposition the nipple to create a more natural appearance. When only fat removal is required, he may perform a liposuction procedure on the breasts. A cannula will be inserted under the skin to break up deposits of fat so they can be removed through suction.
When Can Normal Activities Resume After a Gynecomastia Procedure?
Men who have had a gynecomastia procedure are required to refrain from any activity placing undue strain or force upon the chest area. Daily activities may be resumed when the patient’s incisions have completely healed, normally from two to six weeks, depending on which procedures were 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.