Gynecomastia Surgery in Santa Barbara
It’s important to feel comfortable in your own skin, but sometimes diet and exercise aren’t enough to achieve your ideal shape and masculine chest. That’s why Dr. Neavin offers gynecomastia surgery in Santa Barbara for those looking to enhance their masculine appearance. If you’re suffering from gynecomastia, Dr. Neavin is one of the top experts for this procedure.
What is Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is an increase in the amount of excess breast tissue in men, causing the area to enlarge and take on a more feminine appearance. It’s quite common—affecting as many as 30% to 60% of men to some degree—and doesn’t interfere with physical health. Still, it can make you self-conscious about your appearance, interfere with intimacy, or even lead to avoidance behavior. Luckily, Dr. Neavin is an expert gynecomastia surgeon and can help.
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What Causes Gynecomastia in Men?
The primary cause for enlarged breasts in men is often unknown, but it may have something to do with a hormone imbalance. Abnormal hormone levels and Increased estrogen production paired with decreased androgen can result in fat deposition or gland development associated with gynecomastia.
Other potential causes may include the following:
- Tumors in the brain, testicles, or adrenal glands
- Steroid use
- Marijuana use
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- Renal failure
- Certain prescription drugs
- Liver disease
- Certain herbs
Gynecomastia Surgery Ideal Candidates
Although no physical health risks are associated with chest enlargement and excessive breast tissue in men, gynecomastia surgery can benefit anyone who experiences it. Since the ideal male chest is typically flat and firm, with very little projection from the nipple, all individuals with excess fat or skin in this area are a good candidate for this surgery.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons has developed four grades of gynecomastia—grade 1 is the mildest, and grade 4 is considered severe gynecomastia.
In grade 1, localized breast tissue has grown behind the areola but not beyond.
in grade 2 gynecomastia consists of moderate breast enlargement that exceeds the areola boundaries.
Grade 3is the same as grade 2, except with added skin redundancy.
If patients are classified as grade 4, it is marked breast enlargement with skin redundancy and feminization of the breast.
Anyone who experiences any degree of enlarged breast and excess tissue may be eligible for gynecomastia surgery. However, the type of surgery will be determined based on your level of gynecomastia.
Gynecomastia surgery may also be recommended if you have tried to lose weight through diet and exercise and aren’t seeing improvements in your chest despite weight loss elsewhere. Individuals with diagnosed hormonal imbalances can also be candidates for gynecomastia surgery. If you plan to move forward, be sure to avoid weight gain and maintain a stable weight to get the best results.
Benefits of Male Breast Reduction Surgery
The primary benefit of male breast reduction surgery is a drastically improved chest profile. Gynecomastia surgery results in reduced fatty tissue and unsightly bulging, which can help men achieve a flatter, more chiseled chest. This, in turn, leads to improved posture and ease during physical activities.
In addition to the physical changes from gynecomastia surgery in Santa Barbara, men will begin to regard their bodies with a renewed sense of pride.
In addition to the physical advantages, an individual’s psychological and emotional well-being following surgery tends to enhance self-confidence and self-esteem. If you’ve ever felt self-conscious about your chest, gynecomastia surgery is a great way to feel comfortable and confident in your own skin.
How to Prepare for a Gynecomastia Procedure
If you’re interested in gynecomastia surgery, it’s important to make sure you understand the procedure, associated costs, risks, and recovery.
What to Expect During the Procedure
The gynecomastia procedure will begin with the administration of local anesthesia. Then, Dr. Neavin will perform the liposuction using incisions on the border of the areolas and lateral chest wall to remove unwanted fat cells. After the liposuction is completed, the incisions are closed if no other work is needed. If excision of excess skin and glandular tissue needs to be performed in combination of liposuction, the incisions are extended slightly, and surgical excision of the gland are removed, drains are inserted, and the incisions are closed. You should not feel any pain, and the entire procedure should only take about an hour or two, depending on how much tissue needs to be removed.
Will Scarring from the surgery be noticeable?
Plastic surgeons generally do what they can to minimize scarring. All individuals heal differently and the formation of the scar can vary depending on genetics, skin elasticity, following post-operative instructions, etc…
As a patient, if you follow proper wound instructions, scar visibility will be minimal and a talented surgeon like Dr. Neavin has the experience to make sure your results look natural.
What is the cost of gynecomastia surgery?
Several factors determine the cost of gynecomastia plastic surgery in Santa Barbara. On average, the surgery costs between $10,500 and $13,000. However, a better estimate can be provided during your consultation with Dr. Neavin. Unfortunately, since enlarged male breast tissue does not cause physical harm, it’s usually not covered by health insurance. Always check with your provider to determine your coverage eligibility.
What risks are associated with gynecomastia procedures?
As with any surgery, there are some risks associated with gynecomastia. One of the most common complications is seroma—fluid accumulation under the skin. Sometimes this can be reabsorbed into the skin; other times, aspiration must be performed under local anesthesia. Drains are placed in the area and painlessly removed about a week after surgery to reduce the risk of seromas.
Alongside infection, scar tethering is another surgical risk of male breast reduction. This is when the areola tissue adheres to the muscles during healing, creating a slight depression. Oftentimes, it’s not obvious and tends to improve, but it can also be treated using steroid injections or fat grafting.
Recovery After Male Breast Reductions Surgery
Following a gynecomastia treatment, you will need to follow a recovery plan set out by your doctor. The recovery process is similar to other surgical procedures and is primarily done to avoid infection and reduce the risk of post-op complications. Your downtime will depend on the extent of your surgery, with cases involving skin excision having the longest recovery.
Male breast reduction surgery is an outpatient procedure, meaning you can return home the same day after surgery. You may experience some general physical discomfort, but this can be managed with approved medications. Generally speaking, individuals can return to their desk job within three to five days, but strenuous exercise needs to be avoided for at least three weeks post-surgery.
You will also need to wear a compression vest for at least four weeks post-op to help the tissue tighten and reduce potential space for fluid collection. These compression garments can be worn under normal clothes and removed for showering.
Ready to Schedule Your Gynecomastia Consultation?
To find out if male breast reduction surgery is right for you, contact Artisan of Beauty© today. Simply call us at (310) 858-8811 to schedule a gynecomastia consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Neavin at his Santa Barbara location. He will go over any medical conditions, medical history and that you have and go over the surgical plan of the entire procedure.