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Gynecomastia is a relatively common condition that causes men to develop breasts. When the size of the breasts does not change with weight loss, diet, and exercise, gynecomastia treatment may be the best solution. Dr. David Passaretti provides gynecomastia surgery at his Darien, CT, practice to remove excess male breast tissue and slim patients’ silhouettes. The procedure is one of many that are designed to enhance masculine features.
Gynecomastia treatment may be appropriate for men who have been unable to successfully reduce the size of their breasts with diet and exercise. This treatment can reduce the size of the breasts for patients who are self-conscious about their appearance, and can provide patients with a more masculine figure. As with any cosmetic surgery, patients should be in good health and be non-smokers. It is best for patients to be at or near their ideal weight prior to treatment, and have the ability to maintain that weight, as weight gain can affect final results.
There are two potential techniques Dr. Passaretti may use to reduce the size of your breasts. Liposuction is typically used for patients whose large breast size is due to excess fatty tissues.
The second technique is often referred to as male breast reduction as it is similar to a breast reduction for women. This procedure is used when the large breasts consist of excess glandular tissue and skin. Dr. Passaretti will remove excess skin and tissue, and can also to reposition the areola and nipple, if needed. Surgical techniques can be combined with liposuction for more significant results.
Prior to treatment, you will have a consultation with Dr. Passaretti. He will review your current health, weight, and medical history to determine whether gynecomastia surgery is right for you. Dr. Passaretti will discuss your goals and together you will choose the specific surgical technique and incision placement for your procedure.
Your procedure will take about one to two hours, depending on the surgical technique used, and will be performed at our private operating facility. If you are undergoing the liposuction technique, a thin tube will be inserted through small incisions Dr. Passaretti creates. This tube, also called a cannula, will be used to loosen and remove the excess fat.
If you are undergoing the excision technique, Dr. Passaretti will create your incisions and will remove any excess breast tissue and skin. If needed, your nipple and areola can be repositioned to a more appropriate position. Your incisions will then be sutured and bandaged.
Following surgery, you can enjoy a reduction in your breast size and a more masculine appearance.
Procedures completed with only liposuction will have a much shorter recovery. For more extensive procedures, most patients typically require just one week off work following surgery. You may have drains placed at your incision sites to remove excess fluid. You may also be given a support garment to wear following your procedure to aid in your recovery. You should slowly return to light physical activity and your regular exercise routine over the next several weeks, but should avoid chest exercises and weight lifting until your incisions have completely healed.
Many patients find that the final results of gynecomastia treatment can significantly improve their self-esteem. Following surgery, you can enjoy a reduction in your breast size and a more masculine appearance. You will likely feel more confident and comfortable in your physique.
If the size of your breasts makes you uncomfortable or causes you to feel self-conscious about your appearance, contact our office today. Dr. Passaretti can discuss your gynecomastia treatment options and provide exceptional care.