Dr. Odinet may perform your gynecomastia treatment using liposuction of the fatty tissue, excision of excess skin and glandular tissue, or a combination of the two. The procedure is customized to your needs to provide you with the best overall results.
If fatty tissue is contributing to gynecomastia, liposuction is a less invasive method of eliminating the fat deposits and sculpting a flatter chest contour. The procedure can often be done using local anesthesia and recovery time is minimal in most cases. This procedure produces the best results on men with good skin elasticity, which allows the skin to conform smoothly to the new chest profile.
More extensive surgery may be needed if there is a significant amount of glandular tissue or skin to remove from the chest to ensure an optimal outcome. While this procedure often requires general anesthesia and a few days of downtime, the results can be quite dramatic. This procedure is also recommended when the nipple and areola need to be resized or repositioned to create a natural look.
If Dr. Odinet determines a combination of liposuction and surgical excision are necessary, he will perform both techniques during the same appointment, so you only have one time under anesthesia and one recovery period. The combination approach also ensures you enjoy full results from your gynecomastia treatment after a single treatment session.
Your Gynecomastia Surgery Experience
Dr. Odinet typically performs gynecomastia surgery at his AAAASF-accredited facility, using local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia. If liposuction is performed, he will create two small incisions on either side of the chest to allow the insertion of a narrow tube called a cannula. Dr. Odinet will gently rotate the cannula inside the fatty deposit to loosen the tissue and then suction it out of the chest area.
Surgical excision requires incisions around the areola (pigmented area surrounding the nipple), ensuring post-operative scarring is safely hidden within the pigment. Through this incision, Dr. Odinet will remove the glandular tissue and excess skin to sculpt a smooth chest contour. If correction required is substantial, additional incisions may be necessary. However, Dr. Odinet will place all incisions carefully within the natural folds of skin or other areas where visible scarring will be minimal.
After Gynecomastia Surgery
Recovery after gynecomastia surgery is relatively quick and comfortable. Most men are back to driving within a day and resume work and other activities within a couple of days. Dr. Odinet will advise that you to refrain from heavy lifting and other vigorous exercises for approximately four to six weeks. However, light workouts are encouraged soon after surgery to promote healthy blood flow and accelerate the healing process.
When gynecomastia is treated correctly, the results can be both dramatic and long-lasting. Many men find the outcome to be life-changing as it restores their confidence in their appearance and allows them to participate in a wider variety of activities once again. If you would like to learn more about the benefits of gynecomastia surgery or find out if it is the right choice for you, contact Dr. Odinet’s office today at 337-234-8648.