Gynecomastia Pensacola, FL

In 2013, gynecomastia was the 4th most commonly performed cosmetic surgical procedure among men in the United States.*

Typical Timing/Age After the completion of puberty with most men having surgery between 19 and 50 years of age.
Problem Excessive breast tissue in men.
Procedure Most cases of gynecomastia can be treated using liposuction which only requires small incisions on the periphery of the chest. If the breast tissue is too fibrotic to be treated by liposuction alone, an incision may be made from 3 o’clock to 9 o’clock along the edge of the areola to directly remove the fibrotic breast tissue. Skin excess in most cases will tighten up on its own after liposuction, thereby NOT requiring removal by excision and the requisite scars.
Goal To remove breast tissue and create a more male chest contour.
Facility Office/Clinic, Surgery Center or Hospital
Preparation Patients should be at a stable weight.
Anesthesia Local anesthesia in the office/clinic. Or if you prefer, we can also perform the procedure under IV sedation at a Surgery Center or Hospital; or general anesthesia at a surgery center or hospital.
Recovery
Hospital stay Most patients choose to go home after surgery.
Assistance You will be able to walk around, feed and bathe yourself. Depending on your pain medication requirements, you may not be able to care for others or drive a car.
Walking You are encouraged to walk around as much as possible to help reduce the risk of DVT and thromboembolism.
Showering If only liposuction is performed, you may shower immediately after surgery, otherwise you may remove dressings and shower 48 hours after surgery.
Exercise You should do mild/gentle stretching exercises immediately after surgery to prevent your arm and chest muscles from getting tight. Exercise with limits guided by pain is ok 1 week after surgery.
Sex Wait 1 week because you don’t want to increase your blood pressure during the early healing period. After 1 week, sex is ok ONLY if your partner is able resist touching your new chest. You are the only person allowed to touch your chest for the 6 weeks following surgery.
Work 1 week or less depending on your type of work.
Swelling Usually peaks around 3 days and gradually goes away.
Bruising Should subside within 1-2 weeks.
Follow-up Appointments 1-3 days after surgery, 7-10 days, 4 weeks, 6 months, 1 year.
Inherent Risks & Complications Hematoma, Infection, Contour irregularities, Poor scarring, Need for revision, Complications related to anesthesia.
Performed by: Dr. Butler, Dr. Leveque

Gynecomastia

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*Cosmetic Surgery National Data Bank: Statistics 2013. (2014). Aesthetic Surgery Journal / the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, 34(1 suppl), 1S-22S.doi:10.1177/1090820X14542571

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