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Gynecomastia, or enlarged male breast tissue, is a common condition among men— more than half of all men will experience enlarged breast tissue at some point in their lives. For many men, this is only a temporary condition related to puberty or poor diet and exercise. For others, it’s a chronic condition whose only solution is gynecomastia surgery.
What Is Gynecomastia Surgery?
Gynecomastia surgery, also known as male breast reduction, removes excess fat and glandular tissue in the chest. It can also reduce the size of areolas and nipples. For this surgery, the goal is to make the chest flatter, firmer, and more masculine.
How Best to Prepare for Your Gynecomastia Surgery
If surgery is the right approach for you, the next step is preparing for your reduction. While your plastic surgeon should be your guide, here are some tips that will help when plan for your breast reduction.
1. Select the Right Plastic Surgeon
Possibly the most critical step to preparing for your gynecomastia surgery is selecting a board-certified plastic surgeon. As male breast reduction surges in popularity, more surgeons are offering it, but not every provider has earned board certification, and others may lack the necessary experience to perform the procedure.
Board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Christopher K. Livingston specializes in reconstructive plastic surgery and has been changing people’s lives through plastic surgery since he opened his Houston office in 2003. Before, during, and after your plastic surgery procedure, Dr. Livingston and his friendly staff at Livingston Plastic Surgery will help you feel comfortable, informed, safe, and prepared for your gynecomastia surgery.
2. Determine What You Want From Your Procedure
While reduction of breast tissue is going to be a primary goal, you might want to address other issues during surgery as well. Some common concerns include removing excess skin, repositioning the nipple, and reducing the size of the areolas and nipples.
3. Make Necessary Lifestyle Changes
Your gynecomastia may not be due to any of the life choices that you make; however, if you don’t commit to some post-surgical lifestyle changes, the condition could return. You should start making adjustments as part of your surgery prep because it positions you to be as healthy as possible heading into the procedure, while also ensuring you maintain your results after surgery.
Some lifestyle changes you can make include:
- Eating more fruit and vegetables
- Reducing sugar consumption
- Lowering alcohol consumption
- Exercising regularly
- Reducing or quitting smoking tobacco or marijuana products
4. Prepare for Your Recovery Period
Preparing for your recovery will make the healing process significantly quicker and more comfortable. Some simple tasks you will likely need to help you include:
- Arranging to take off work
- Having someone drive you home from the hospital
- Grocery shopping and preparing meals before your surgery
- Completing all necessary housework
- Asking friends or family to stay with you during recovery
Gynecomastia Surgery in Houston, Texas
With the correct preparation and a specialized plastic surgeon, your gynecomastia surgery should go smoothly and provide you with results that will boost your self-confidence. For more information on gynecomastia surgery with Dr. Christopher K. Livingston at Livingston Plastic Surgery, contact us by phone at (281) 501-1812 or online to schedule your consultation.