Gynecomastia in Worcester

Gynecomastia is a common, benign condition, which is characterized by enlargement of the male breast and/or the collection of fatty tissue in the chest area. It usually begins in adolescence as a result of normal hormonal changes and typically resolveswithin two years. If it does not resolve within several years, many males choose surgical correction and obtain excellent results.

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Deborah Ekstrom has significant training in performing treatments that correct gynecomastia. During the procedure, excess fat and glandular tissue are removed directly by liposuction techniques if possible or by surgical excision if necessary. The result is a flatter, firmer, and more normally contoured chest. It should be noted that the fatty layer over the chest wall will be about a half inch thick after the procedure, a normal thickness for someone without gynecomastia. To learn more, please call Salisbury Plastic Surgery in Worcester, MA.

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gynecomastia candidates

Since excess breast tissue can be caused by medical conditions other than gynecomastia, a doctor should confirm the cause before treatment. Ideal candidates will have:

  • A healthy body weight
  • Fat and breast tissue that is resistant to diet and exercise
  • Good skin elasticity
  • Overall good health
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What should you expect from the gynecomastia surgery?

Once you have undergone a thorough consultation and discussed your past medical history with your plastic surgeon, then an individualized treatment plan will be developed. Every body type is different, which is why we work diligently to offer a wide variety of implant shapes and sizes. If need be, implants can also be custom made to compliment your specific physique.
The procedure is performed under local anesthesia and deep sedation or a light general anesthetic through a small incision in the hair bearing region of your armpit.

This will strategically hide the scars from plain site. After the surgery, patients will have their chest bandaged and in a compression garment that should be worn at all times. Patients should rest and move their upper body as little as possible for at least 3 days. Most patients can return to work in 7 – 10 days and resume low impact exercise in 2 – 3 weeks. The surgeon will go over specific recovery instructions and any prescribed medication.

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Gynecomastia surgery recovery

Typically, male breast reduction takes 1 1/2 hours to complete. Swelling and soreness is normal but the incisions should heal within 14 days. Normal activities may be resumed.

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A confidently contoured chest

lf you avoid activities like swimming, sports, and exercise because of gynecomastia, schedule a consultation to learn more about male breast reduction surgery and how it can help you. Treating gynecomastia can improve your appearance, confidence, and activity level.

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Gynecomastia FAQs

Why is gynecomastia caused?

A common cause of gynecomastia is being overweight. Other causes of gynecomastia include long-term steroid use, puberty blockers, and certain medications such as birth control pills and hormone replacement therapy.

What happens if gynecomastia is not treated?

Without treatment, gynecomastia will likely get worse over time. In some cases, it may also become tender or painful. If gynecomastia is not treated, it may continue to grow and may cause emotional distress for the individual. In addition, it can be a social and financial burden for the person who develops it. It can also increase the risk of developing breast cancer.

How to know if you have gynecomastia?

There are various ways you can tell if you have gynecomastia or enlarged breast tissue. The most accurate way to tell is to have your breasts examined by a doctor. Another way is to look at yourself in the mirror, or have another person inspect your breasts. If you notice that your breast size is different than usual and it does not go away with exercise or losing weight, it could be gynecomastia.

How to reduce gynecomastia?

There are treatments that can decrease the size of the breast tissue or decrease its visibility. These include:

– A highly specialized diet

– Use of hormones or painkillers

– Surgical treatments

– Weight loss

Can gynecomastia turn into cancer?

Gynecomastia is not a sign of cancer. The risk of cancer developing from gynecomastia is very low, and the existing data suggest it is unlikely to progress to cancer, but you should contact your doctor for a consultation.

Client Reviews

Salisbury Plastic Surgery

Dr. Ekstrom is a phenomenal doctor! She is warm, friendly and extremely knowledgeable. She took all the time I needed during all my appointments and made me feel very comfortable. During the day of surgery she was full of energy and made me feel at ease with her warm bedside manner. I would recommend Dr. Ekstrom and Salisbury Plastic Surgery above anyone.

J. C.

My experience with Dr. Ekstrom and her staff has been nothing but exceptional. After my initial visit with Dr. Ekstrom I knew I wanted her to do my procedure because she was very informative, gave me detailed explanation of what to expect and made me feel very comfortable. I love the look of my breasts and could not be any happier! Thank you Dr. Ekstrom, Kristen, and the whole team!

L. W.

Dr. Ekstrom and her staff are fabulous. I am 2 days post op BA Mentor Moderate Plus silicone 375/350 sub glandular placement. I am absolutely thrilled with my results. I presented with asymmetric mildly tuberous breasts. Dr. Ekstrom answered my hundreds of questions, gave me realistic surgical expectations. My result…..fabulous! Beyond thrilled!

M. G.
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