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Gynecomastia in Richmond, TX

Men in Richmond and Houston, Texas, who suffer from enlarged breasts, seek help from Dr. David Stapenhorst of Signature Plastic Surgery.

Men and boys of any age can be the victim of gynecomastia. In infant boys, it is usually the result of lingering estrogen that has been passed through their mother. In these cases, the buds are gone by the age of six months. Prepubescent boys who suffer from breast buds could be harboring estrogen-producing tumors, but if a boy experiences enlarged breasts in their teenage years, it is usually due to the hormones present during puberty. Adult men can experience gynecomastia for a wide array of reasons, including medical conditions and the use of certain medications. 

What Happens During a Gynecomastia Procedure by Dr. David Stapenhorst?

At Signature Plastic Surgery, gynecomastia surgery is performed under a general anesthetic. The extent of the procedure is dependent on the patient’s individual condition. If Dr. Stapenhorst needs to remove extra skin and fat, he will make a small incision around the areola and then reposition the breast. If the patient is only in need of fat removal, liposuction is performed by inserting a cannula under the skin to break down the fatty tissue and draw it from the body.

When Can Normal Activities Resume After a Gynecomastia Procedure?

Normal activities can resume as soon as the incisions are completely healed. This typically takes between two to six weeks, depending on which 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.