If you’re a man with swollen, feminine-looking breast tissue, you know it can affect your self-esteem and make you change your behaviors. You may be reluctant to take off your shirt at the beach or the pool, avoid fitted shirts, and may even feel self-conscious in the bedroom.
Overdeveloped breasts may be common in puberty because of hormone changes, but usually a man’s chest flattens out by time he reaches his late teens or 20s. But, for some men, these unusually developed breasts may persist into adulthood or develop as they age. Up to 65% of men between the ages of 27 and 92 have some degree of gynecomastia, or enlarged breasts.
Adult men don’t have to live with overdeveloped breasts. At Lansdowne Aesthetic Center in Leesburg/Ashburn, Virginia, skilled plastic surgeon Yaqub Baraki, MD uses laser liposuction to reduce overdeveloped male breasts and create a more manly chest.
Here’s what you should know about this simple, effective procedure.
Hormone imbalances are sometimes the reason a man’s breasts overdevelop. When a man has too little testosterone and too much estrogen, gynecomastia -- or overdeveloped breast tissue -- can result. Often this hormone imbalance happens during puberty or aging, but certain medications and health conditions may also be responsible.
Steroid use, genetics, and obesity are other reasons a man’s breasts can overdevelop.
When teen boys experience gynecomastia, it usually goes away within a few months and doesn’t require medical intervention. Full-grown adult men who develop gynecomastia can benefit from procedures like those offered at Lansdowne Aesthetic Center.
Dr. Baraki revises a man’s chest contours using laser liposuction. The simple procedure dissolves unwanted fat and removes it from the chest area while simultaneously tightening the remaining tissue to give a sculpted, toned look.
The best candidates are adult men of a normal weight who don’t smoke. The procedure is minimally invasive, meaning recovery is rather quick.
You’ll be placed under local anesthesia and small tubes, or cannulas, are placed through small, inconspicuous incisions in the chest area. The laser energy liquifies unwanted fat, so it can be suctioned out easily.
The laser energy also triggers collagen and elastin development in your tissue. These major skin-strengthening proteins cause the skin in the treated area to firm up, so you don’t end up with skin laxity or sagging following the procedure.
Gynecomastia delivers a serious blow to your self-esteem. The stubborn pockets of breast fat linger, despite your efforts to workout, lift weights, and eat healthfully.
Liposuction has a relatively quick recovery and fantastic results. Expect a day or two of discomfort following the procedures, but pain is readily controlled with over-the-counter pain medications.
You will have to restrict movement for a short time following your procedure. Dr. Baraki and our team give you full after-care instructions. But know that you’ll be able to flaunt your slimmer, more contoured chest in a short time.
For more information about male chest reduction and other men’s procedures offered at the office, call Lansdowne Aesthetic Center today at 703-844-3811, or use the online tool to schedule a consultation at the Leesburg/Ashburn, Virginia office.