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Dr. Shah uses the most advanced surgical techniques to achieve superior results in cosmetic surgery. He is an expert, compassionate surgeon in Springfield, MO with extensive experience in all aspects of plastic surgery. You can expect personalized care, advanced safety protocols, and an overall superior treatment experience.

Is Gynecomastia a Major Surgery?

Generally, gynecomastia surgery is safe, and most recoveries are smooth. The procedure may be performed under general anesthesia or with oral sedation and local anesthesia. Dr. Shah may use either one or a combination of the following techniques:

Liposuction

When gynecomastia is primarily caused by excess fatty tissue, the condition can be corrected using liposuction alone. Fat is removed through small incisions using a cannula (a thin, hollow tube) with the most appropriate liposuction technique.

Excision

When gynecomastia involves glandular breast tissue and excess skin, excision techniques are used to reduce male breasts. Incisions are placed to best camouflage resulting lines.

Combination

In some cases, both liposuction and excision may be used in the same procedure to remove excess fat and reduce glandular breast tissue.

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Will I Need to Plan for Time Off Work After Gynecomastia Surgery?

Recovery is relatively mild after gynecomastia surgery. You will go home with bandages and a compression garment to help support your new chest contours and to minimize swelling. If your job is relatively sedentary, you may be able to return to work in several days. If your job is more physical, you may need more recovery time. Plan to rest and recover at home for at least 3 to 4 days. Pain is usually minimal and can be controlled with over-the-counter medications.

Gynecomastia FAQ

Can I expect loss of sensation after gynecomastia surgery?

How should I sleep after gynecomastia surgery?

What causes gynecomastia?

How soon can I expect to see results after gynecomastia surgery?

Will my results last for long?

Can I expect loss of sensation after gynecomastia surgery?

Some men experience temporary loss of sensation in the treatment area after gynecomastia surgical procedures. In most cases, sensation gradually returns and is fully restored in a few weeks or months.

How should I sleep after gynecomastia surgery?

For at least the first three days of your recovery, be sure to sleep and rest on your back at a 45-degree angle. Continue to sleep this way until you feel comfortable sleeping as you would normally.

What causes gynecomastia?

Enlarged breasts in men is a condition triggered by a decrease in testosterone levels compared with estrogen levels. Several factors can contribute to upsetting the natural hormone balance, including:

  • Hormonal changes during puberty
  • Lower testosterone levels with aging
  • Tumors of the testes, adrenal glands, or pituitary gland
  • Malnutrition
  • Hyperthyroidism (the thyroid produces too much thyroxine)
  • Kidney failure
  • Cirrhosis of the liver or liver failure
  • Certain medications (anti-anxiety meds, antibiotics, heart medications, and more)
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Street drugs (amphetamines, heroin, marijuana, and methadone)

How soon can I expect to see results after gynecomastia surgery?

Results will be evident immediately after the procedure. You will see a trimmer, flatter chest profile. As post-surgical swelling subsides, your results will continue to improve. Final results should appear in a few months after surgery.

Will my results last for long?

Results are long-lasting with gynecomastia surgery. To help retain them, maintain a stable weight, and avoid using any medication or substance known to affect testosterone levels.

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