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Dr. Mark Hennessy frequently performs liposuction to correct gynecomastia for Houston patients. Gynecomastia is a condition where male breasts, or “man boobs,” are present, negatively affecting the appearance of the chest. This condition can occur at any age, from infants to boys around puberty all the way to men in their old age.
While gynecomastia by itself isn’t a health risk, it can still cause embarrassment and self-consciousness. Male breast reduction surgery can be used to reduce fat deposits for a more masculine chest.
Why Does Gynecomastia Occur?
Gynecomastia can be caused by a number of underlying factors. It is typically caused by hormonal imbalances. Men naturally produce both testosterone and estrogen. When more estrogen or less testosterone is produced, this can result in gynecomastia.
This condition can also be caused by the use of certain kinds of medications, recreational drugs, or alcohol. Health conditions like cirrhosis and hypogonadism can also cause gynecomastia.
How Is It Resolved?
In babies and in boys around puberty, when natural hormonal changes are the cause of the issue, the condition can resolve itself naturally. However, gynecomastia doesn’t always go away on its own.
If the condition is being caused by a medical issue or lifestyle factors, it can often be addressed with non-surgical means. When non-surgical options prove ineffective, breast reduction surgery provides an alternative. This is the most effective solution for gynecomastia.
Before your breast reduction surgery for gynecomastia, Dr. Hennessy may perform certain tests to fully assess your condition. He will also perform an examination.
Dr. Hennessy will ask you about your complete medical history. You should be completely open about your medical history, alcohol, tobacco and drug use when asked. This helps the surgeon create a treatment plan that best delivers the results you want.
What to Expect with Gynecomastia Surgery
At the start of male breast reduction surgery, local anesthesia is administered to numb the region. This will ensure a comfortable surgical session for the patient.
Dr. Hennessy makes use of power-assisted liposuction (PAL) and tumescent fluid. For this, a small incision is made in the affected area, and then tumescent fluid is injected to swell the fat. An oscillating cannula is inserted. The cannula’s tip oscillates to break up stubborn fat effectively in the area around the nipples. The fat is then removed using medical suction.
Throughout the surgical session, patients are free to watch a movie. This way, instead of feeling bored or anxious, they can enjoy themselves while the surgeon performs the procedure.
The Recovery Process
After male breast reduction surgery, the area around the breasts will be temporarily swollen and bruised. You will have to wear a pressure garment for a time during recovery to help control the swelling. Time off from work will be necessary.
Because power-assisted liposuction and tumescent fluid are used, blood loss, swelling, bruising, and downtime are all reduced. This makes the recovery process much more comfortable.
After your recovery period following gynecomastia surgery, you can resume your regular activities. The results are permanent.
How Much Does Gynecomastia Surgery Cost?
The price of male breast reduction is dependent on the details of the liposuction procedure. Cost is based on factors like the amount of tissue removed, the techniques employed, the total surgery time, and the type of anesthesia utilized.
Make an Appointment Today to Learn More
Contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Mark Hennessy regarding gynecomastia in Houston. With Dr. Hennessy’s help, you can say goodbye to “man boobs” and hello to a more masculine chest.