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Gynecomastia is a condition in men that causes the size of the breasts to be larger than normal. It results from the enlargement of glandular tissues in the breasts due to a hormonal imbalance. For men with gynecomastia, there are higher levels of estrogen (female hormones) compared to the level of androgens (male hormones). The condition often occurs in infancy and during puberty but usually resolve on its own. However, there are times when gynecomastia carries on through adulthood.

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For those who suffer from gynecomastia during adulthood, the results can lead to decrease self-esteem. Not many men are willing to be seen without a shirt and may refrain from enjoying the beach or pool, playing sports or changing inside locker rooms with friends. They may feel outcasted and even their intrapersonal relationships may suffer.

Thinking the condition may be the result of weight gain or excessive fat, many men who suffer from gynecomastia may turn to diet or exercise, only to see no changes in the size of their breasts. At this point, many men just give up, thinking they have to accept their fate and move on, but there is a solution to gynecomastia. Instead of dealing with the problem, the condition can be corrected quickly and easily with the help of a Chicago plastic surgeon.

Male breast reduction surgery is a safe and simple procedure that reduces the size of male breasts by removing excess breast tissue and fat.  Depending on the patient’s individual needs, gynecomastia correction surgery can either be performed in an outpatient or hospital setting.

Although gynecomastia is a hormonal condition, there are also men who suffer from enlarged breast tissue because of other factors, including obesity, liver disease or other conditions. When the issue is an excessive amount of fat in the breast area, the male breast reduction surgery can be combined with liposuction for optimal results. For some men who suffer from sagging breasts as well, the surgery may also involve repositioning of the nipple and area to a higher position for a uniform and natural look.

Even though gynecomastia surgery can completely change a patient’s life, there are men who are skeptical about undergoing any kind of plastic surgery because they don’t want to deal with any downtime.  Luckily, male breast reduction treatments are fairly quick and healing time is minimal, so men don’t have to worry about taking too much time off of work or their regular schedules.

The surgery itself only takes between one to three hours and the healing process takes around two weeks, but the results will be for a lifetime.  Patients undergoing gynecomastia surgery can resume normal mild activity within a week and regular physical activities and exercise anywhere from three weeks to a month following the treatment.

If you are suffering from gynecomastia and would like more information on breast reduction surgery, contact Chicago plastic surgeon Dr. Otto Placik today to schedule a consultation and determine the best approach for your treatment.

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