Gynecomastia, the overdevelopment of the glandular tissues of the male breast is common concern. Referred to as man boobs, overdeveloped male breasts can cause embarrassment and social anxiety. Some men also experience neck, shoulder or back pain due to gynecomastia and the condition can make it difficult for them to exercise and perform other activities. Diet and exercise may help in losing the excess fat to a certain extent, but getting male breast reduction in NYC can provide a long-lasting solution to this concern.
Caused due to hormonal changes, heredity, obesity, or the use of certain drugs, gynecomastia can affect men of all ages – adolescents as well as in middle-aged and older men. Most boys tend to experience some changes to their breasts during puberty, which typically resolves in 2 or 3 years. One or both breasts can be affected, sometimes unevenly.
NYC plastic surgeons prefer male breast reduction surgery with safe and effective minimally-invasive liposuction techniques to address excessive build-up of male breast tissue and fat. Minimally-invasive treatment using FDA-approved liposuction technologies such as BodyTite RFAL (radiofrequency assisted) or SmartLipo Triplex (laser assisted) involve less scarring, bleeding, swelling, and bruising than traditional liposuction. The treatment can also even address excess skin from the breasts and the results achieved will be flatter, firmer, and better contoured male chest. However, the cause of the condition and recommended treatment options may differ based on the patient’s age.
After administering local anesthesia, a small incision is made on each side of the chest to remove the excess tissue. In the BodyTite procedure, RFAL energy passes via the device’s cannula from an internal cannula to an external electrode, targeting the adipose tissue and fatty areas. The soft tissues get heated and the device aspirates the liquefied fat and coagulates the tissues. The RF energy tightens the skin quickly and promotes tissue coagulation, allowing the surgeon to sculpt the chest effectively.
The Smartlipo laser liposuction workstation combines three laser wavelengths (1440, 1064 and 1320 nm) to melt the fat and tighten the skin. The treatment provides excellent tissue coagulation and skin tightening effects and result in a more masculine looking chest.
Along with removing excess glandular tissue and fat, and tightening loose skin, male breast reduction in NYC may also improve the size and position of the areola. As the procedure is minimally-invasive, the treatment can be performed on an outpatient basis, where patients remain awake throughout the procedure and are usually allowed to go home the same day.
Recovery after minimally-invasive male breast reduction surgery is relatively painless and brief. Patients may experience numbness, tingling, burning, “crawling”, or other peculiar sensations around the surgical area during the recovery phase, but these symptoms will resolve over time. Your surgeon might recommend wearing a compression garment over the chest for four weeks to treat post-operative swelling and decrease the chances for blood and fluid collection.
Based on individual considerations and the technique used, the actual time when final results would be visible would vary. Most patients usually resume work 2-3 days after the procedure but are advised to strenuous activity for two weeks. Generally, an initial improvement can be seen within 3 weeks after the procedure and the final results could take about 4 to 6 months. A noticeable difference can be seen in most areas except very fibrous areas in the initial weeks. In most cases, the results of the treatment would be almost permanent (only if the procedure is performed correctly on an ideal candidate). However, lifestyle following the surgery and other factors could make breast tissue overgrowth recur.
If you are considering getting male breast reduction in NYC, choose an AAAASF-accredited plastic surgery practice that provides the service of surgeons who have extensive experience performing the procedure. The right surgeon will be ready to answer all your questions related to the treatment and guide you in taking an informed decision.