Treatment for Gynecomastia In South Pasadena
What is Gynecomastia?
Most men do not consider the likelihood that they will develop enlarged breasts; however, this is something that affects as much as 60 percent of men. It is defined as a feminine-like appearance of the male breasts, meaning, more specifically, enlargement of the male breast.
Gynecomastia is characterized by the overdevelopment of tissue and fat. While this condition has a simple surgical fix, many men who suffer from this are too embarrassed to seek treatment.
What Causes Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia can affect men of all ages and can develop in response to many different situations.
Causes of gynecomastia include:
- Hormonal changes
- Certain medications for prostate cancer, heart disease, HIV, or high blood pressure
- Anabolic steroids
- Drug use
Am I a Candidate for Gynecomastia Surgery?
Gynecomastia can cause significant self-esteem issues in men who cannot remove enlarged breasts naturally. Candidates for male breast reduction identify with this insecurity and desire to correct it through surgical means. Ideal candidates do not smoke, are in good overall health and close to their goal weight, and have realistic expectations of their results.
How to treat Gynecomastia?
Men suffering from pseudogynecomastia (excess breast fat) benefit the most from using liposuction surgery to remove the excess fat. Men who qualify for liposuction alone do not have excess breast tissue or skin laxity on the chest.
While liposuction doesn’t remove breast tissue, it can significantly contribute to the reduction in breast size. If liposuction is determined to be the most effective treatment approach for the patient, he will undergo approximately one to two hours of liposuction.
Laser Liposuction for Gynecomastia
Free Evaluation For Gynecomastia
Gynecomastia can be treated most effectively by using laser liposuction. In addition, we have other body sculpting treatments that may be able to treat minor cases of gynecomastia.
To figure out which options are best for you, we recommend setting up a Free Evaluation. During the free evaluation we will learn more about your medical history and we can evaluate the area and determine which treatment would give you the best results.
Call us today or fill out the form below for a no obligation Free Evaluation.
Laser Liposuction for gynecomastia is performed from the comfort of our office. On average, Laser Liposuction takes 2-4 hours. However, this depends on the number and size of the treatment areas.
When you arrive for your procedure, our nurses will begin by applying a local anesthetic. This allows you to feel comfortable without having to worry about the risks associated with general anesthesia.
We are able to use a local anesthetic for Laser Liposuction because it’s a minimally invasive procedure. The incisions used are much smaller than those used for traditional liposuction, and the addition of a laser to liquefy fat cells allows for more consistent and easier removal. While you may feel light pulling or tugging sensations, the treatment is not painful.
Since we don’t use general anesthesia, you can stand up after your procedure. This changes the game for liposuction because Dr. Shieh can see how your results will actually look with gravity and make adjustments if necessary. This is something that is not possible with traditional liposuction.
For most patients, one session is enough to achieve the desired results. However, touch up treatments are an option if you want to refine your original results.
Compared to those who undergo liposuction, Laser Lipo patients experience a much faster healing and recovery process. One of the greatest benefits of Laser Lipo is the short recovery period. Most people can return to their usual routine after only a day or two of downtime.
You may experience mild, tolerable aches after your treatment as well as mild bruising and swelling. Depending on the treatment area, Dr. Shieh may advise you to wear a compression garment for a short time. You can help reduce swelling by taking any prescribed medications.
When it comes to Laser Liposuction recovery and results, patients often ask about the potential for scarring. The incisions made during the procedure are so small that they do not require stitches. This means that any marks left behind are virtually undetectable in most cases. We also provide our patients with skin rejuvenation to minimize any possible scarring.
The average Laser Liposuction patient will see noticeable results within a week after the treatment. These results will continue to improve over the next three to six months. As with many fat removal treatments, the outcome is permanent as long as you maintain a healthy lifestyle.