BEST SURGEONS FOR PECTORAL IMPLANTS IN MIAMI
What Is Gynecomastia Surgery?
Abnormally-enlarged breasts in men, known as “gynecomastia,” can usually be corrected through a simple procedure using a specialized form of liposuctioning known as the “ultrasonic method” or “liposelection.“ There are many possible causes of gynecomastia. However, in most cases the cause is unknown. Along with male breast reduction surgery, pectoral implants, also known as male chest implants, may also be recommended for males with low chest muscle mass who are looking to perfect the appearance of their chest. Depending on your unique needs and whether you receive gynecomastia surgery, pectoral/chest implants, or both, the cost of treatment will vary. For more information about men’s pectoral/chest implants or gynecomastia surgery in Miami, South Florida—including information about cost, treatment benefits, and risks—contact Miami Plastic Surgery® today.
Am I An Appropriate Candidate For Male Breast Reduction Surgery Or Pectoral Implants?
For men with excess breast tissue around the breasts, or for men who are looking to enhance the appearance of their chest, male breast reduction/gynecomastia surgery or pectoral implants may be appropriate treatment options depending on your needs. Male breast reduction or pectoral implants may be right for you if:
- You have had a thorough workup to rule out any medical condition as the cause of your gynecomastia
- You are seeking a more defined chest
- You are in good physical and emotional health
- You have realistic expectations
What Can I Expect During A Gynecomastia Surgery Or Pectoral Implant Consultation?
During your initial consultation, you will meet with the plastic surgeon and their team. Your previous surgeries, your medical history, medications you are presently taking, and your overall physical and emotional health will be reviewed. Your skin quality will also be evaluated. Recovery time, costs, risks, and limitations associated with surgery will also be discussed. The doctor’s patient coordinator will review treatment scheduling with you.
Patient Financing options are available at Miami Plastic Surgery® and can be discussed in more detail during your consultation.
Why Choose Gynecomastia Surgery Or Pectoral Implants With Miami Plastic Surgery®?
Our Miami Plastic Surgery® surgeons are highly experienced in their field of work. The instant you enter our practice, you can rest assured that you will be in good hands throughout your treatment journey with us.
ARE THERE ANY RISKS TO GYNECOMASTIA SURGERY?
Gynecomastia surgery is relatively conservative compared to other forms of plastic surgery. However, risks are present and are discussed during our consultation. Some of the risks involved in gynecomastia and pectoral implant surgeries include:
- Anesthesia risks
- Excessive bleeding or bruising
- Blood clots
- Poor incision healing
- Prominent scarring
- Changes in skin or nipple sensation.
An experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon has ways to mitigate surgical risks and optimize patient outcomes. Our surgeons have years of clinical experience and are happy to talk with patients about the protocols in place to make surgical procedures safe and successful.
HOW CAN I PREPARE FOR GYNECOMASTIA SURGERY?
Patients who schedule gynecomastia or pectoral implant surgery are provided with detailed pre-operative and post-operative instructions. These should be reviewed right away to allow for the implementation of lifestyle modifications, if necessary. Preparing for gynecomastia surgery means boosting general health and making necessary preparations for recovery.
- Eat a healthy diet. Surgery is taxing on the immune system and other physiological functions. Well before surgery, patients can begin to boost their general wellness by eating whole foods and minimizing sugar, salt, and alcohol. Seeing that a healthy diet is one of the primary ways to maintain the results of this body-contouring surgery, there is even more benefit to getting an early start on healthy lifestyle changes.
- Avoid smoking and nicotine. Smoking significantly increases the risks of surgical and post-surgical complications. Patients should stop smoking several weeks before having surgery to allow the body to regain better immunity and repair processes, both of which involve good circulation. Both smoking and nicotine use affect healing by inhibiting blood flow, making it more difficult to achieve tissue repair.
- Fill prescriptions ahead of time. Patients need to have their pain medication at the ready when they are released from the surgical center. Additionally, they should have other supplies as discussed in their post-op instructions and items that will help the recovery process. Examples include blankets or extra pillows, magazines, and other forms of entertainment.
- Pre-make meals. During surgical recovery, patients are generally more fatigued than normal. It is important to have healthy meals ready to heat and eat so the body continues to receive the nutrients it will use to repair tissue and restore its energy for day-to-day activities.
WHAT IS RECOVERY LIKE FROM GYNECOMASTIA/PECTORAL IMPLANTS?
Recovery from gynecomastia and pectoral implant procedures depends on a few important factors. One is the patient's age, others include the surgical technique involved and the degree to which the patient follows their post-op instructions. The point of these instructions is to minimize risks like infection and prolonged healing, so patients should follow them to a tee. The most common side effects patients experience after these procedures include swelling, soreness, and bruising. The chest may feel tight if the skin is trimmed or when pectoral implants are placed.
After surgery to correct gynecomastia and shape the chest, patients can expect to feel more tired than normal. The body is expending the majority of its energy repairing the targeted tissue and, as it does, patients should rest as needed. Soreness and tenderness can be managed with prescription painkillers. Within about a week, patients may find it possible to switch to an over-the-counter medication instead. The compression garment that is placed after surgery helps to reduce swelling and also to promote comfort by keeping the chest protected and supported. Patients will wear their compression garments for up to four weeks.
While exercise is a no-no after gynecomastia surgery, patients should walk short distances every day. The point of walking is only to support circulation and prevent the formation of blood clots due to inactivity. Normal daily activities like bathing may resume the day after surgery. However, patients may be advised to avoid lifting their arms overhead for some time. After about a week, provided that prescription painkillers are no longer being taken, patients may go back to work and very light activity. It will take longer to return to more demanding types of work, such as construction work or fitness training.
HOW CAN I MAINTAIN MY RESULTS?
The best way to maintain the results of gynecomastia surgery, with or without pectoral implants, is to live a healthy, active lifestyle. We generally expect the chest contours to stay consistent after excess fat is removed via liposculpture. However, significant weight gain may trigger a recurrence of gynecomastia. Patients are encouraged to follow a healthy diet that includes whole foods and minimizes processed food, fast food, sugar, and alcohol. Exercise is also important. A few days of solid cardio exercise each week, coupled with some strength training, is usually sufficient for weight management.
WILL I EVER HAVE TO REPLACE MY PECTORAL IMPLANTS?
Pectoral implants are quite different than the breast implants used to augment the female breasts. To add contour to the male chest, pectoral implants are made from solid pieces of silicone rather than silicone shells with a "fill." This difference in structure means that pectoral implants can last many years. Generally, patients with pectoral implants are advised to see their doctor every 10 years for a check-up. This ensures that thick scar tissue has not formed around the implants and that the surgical results are intact. Many patients who receive pectoral implants never require replacement.