What is Gynecomastia?

Father's Day is fast approaching, and there's no better time to discuss one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures for men: Gynecomastia.

Dr. Stacey, ASPS Board Certified Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon, sits down with us and talks about this often-misunderstood procedure that can drastically change a man's quality of life.

As with any surgery, there are risks involved which Dr. Stacey will explain during your consultation.

"I've talked about Gynecomastia before, and how we at the Northwest Arkansas Center for Plastic Surgery have been treating it for a very long time. However, it's actually even more common than it used to be.

Usually when a male patient comes in for a consult for Gynecomastia, it's because the size of their breast tissue is affecting his quality of life. Things like: not being comfortable taking their shirt off around people, wearing specific types of shirts to hide the appearance of their breast tissue, etc.

With most of my male patients, it isn't one cause. Excess tissue can come from a number of things: medications, steroids or marijuana use, and environmental exposure. Also, in our teens and 20s, our breast tissue grows and typically that doesn't go away, even with weight loss.

I see male patients from Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, Bentonville—all over Northwest Arkansas and beyond—have this procedure done: athletes, professionals, laborers, teenagers, middle-aged men—and the majority are widely happy with their results. Their confidence increases, and they begin to enjoy a better quality of life.

At your initial consult (which, by the way, we can do from the comfort of your home if you wish), we will have a discussion and look at the size of your breast tissue and any accompanying asymmetry to determine a plan of action.

The surgery takes about one hour, is an outpatient procedure (you will not spend the night in the hospital). Typically the procedure requires removal of the breast tissue through a small incision in the areola combined with liposuction with the overall goal to make the chest as flat as possible so you can only see the pectoral muscles.

Your recovery time is about two weeks. During those two weeks you can do many normal things, just no heavy lifting or any activity that increases your heart rate. If you have a desk job, my patients usually go back to work after the weekend (if your surgery was done on, say, a Thursday).

Again, we can conduct your consultation from home, if you prefer, or you may visit in person at our clinics in Fayetteville and Rogers.

Call us at 479.571.3100 to schedule!

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