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Gynecomastia in West University Place, TX

Gynecomastia (abnormally enlarged breasts) is a condition that can affect men and boys of all ages. Dr. David Stapenhorst of Signature Plastic Surgery offers gynecomastia treatments for men and boys in West University Place and Houston, Texas.

In infants, gynecomastia is caused by lingering estrogen passed on from the mother, a condition that usually spontaneously resolves within the first six months of life. Young prepubescent boys may develop gynecomastia as the result of tumors that create estrogen. Post-pubescent teenage boys may develop gynecomastia as a secondary result of hormonal changes that occur during the transition into puberty. Adult men may suffer from gynecomastia due to other medical issues or because of the side effects of certain medications.

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

All gynecomastia surgeries performed by Dr. Stapenhorst will be done using general anesthesia. If the procedure requires the removal of skin and fat, Dr. Stapenhorst will make an incision near the nipple. Through this incision, unwanted excess fat and skin will be removed, and the nipple will then be moved to result in a natural appearance. If treating gynecomastia requires only the removal of excess fat, Dr. Stapenhorst will perform a liposuction procedure by inserting a narrow tube under the skin to vacuum out unwanted fat tissue.

When Can Normal Activities Resume After a Gynecomastia Procedure?

After your gynecomastia procedure, you will be required to avoid any activities that pull or strain the chest area. Between two and six weeks, the incisions will be healed fully, and normal activities can resume.

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.