General Summary

Gynecomastia is a medical term for excess breast tissue in a man. There are many causes of Gynecomastia but most are idiopathic or unknown. The good news is that there is a procedure to remove this excess chest tissue. You will be able to have a flat, well-defined chest and be proud of what you look like!

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1. Consultation and Planning

When you come to a consultation at New Life Cosmetic Surgery Center, Dr. Lee will examine you to help you decide what operation is best for you. If you have excess fatty tissue, Dr. Lee will recommend liposuction for men to make your chest flat. Many times, there is thick tissue similar to breast tissue that may need to be removed. If so, Dr. Lee will create a well-hidden scar at the bottom of the areola (dark tissue at the nipple) to remove the excess tissue. At New Life Cosmetic Surgery Center, we will tailor-make a plan just for you!

2. Procedure

You will arrive at the office in the morning and be home in the afternoon.  This surgery is always done with IV conscious sedation and NOT general anesthesia.  Thus you will sleep through the entire procedure but be breathing on your own.  You do not need to be intubated.

3. Recovery

You will notice a difference immediately after surgery but you will be very swollen and the results will improve with time as the swelling goes down.  You can use ice packs to help with discomfort and swelling.

You should not lift anything heavier than a gallon of milk for at least 2 weeks after surgery. You should walk around immediately after surgery and NOT stay in bed. This is important to prevent blood clots. You should eat a healthy diet and as much protein as possible to promote good healing.

Dr. Lee sees all the patients the next day after surgery. He will remove the bandages and you can shower after these bandages have been removed. You should not lift anything over 5 pounds in the first 2 weeks of recovery. However, most patients return to work within 1 week, especially if they have light duty at work. You may drive and return to work when you are no longer taking prescription pain medicine.

Remember that everyone is different. Recovery times and progression is not the same for everyone. The times stated are typical for healthy individuals healing from this surgery. The normal progression of healing may be different for those with health problems, smokers, and those who have unforeseen complications after surgery.

4. Results

After surgery for gynecomastia, you will have a flat chest which looks great in clothes and also without a shirt on. You will be able to see the definition in your pectoralis muscle and feel masculine and strong. This operation will give you so much confidence. Individual results may vary.

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