Surgical correction of gynecomastia is best performed on healthy men whose condition cannot be corrected through alternative medical treatments and who have a positive outlook and specific goals in mind for improving the physical symptoms of gynecomastia.
Gynecomastia is characterized by excess localized fat, excess glandular tissue development or both. It may be present unilaterally (one breast) or bilaterally (both breasts). This procedure is a good option if the person is physically healthy and of relatively normal weight, who has realistic expectations and whose breast development has stabilized. It is extremely common to perform this surgery in middle-aged men who experience a slow increase in weight as their metabolism naturally slows down. Adolescents may benefit from surgery, although secondary procedures may be needed in the future should breast development continue.
Safety and Comfort with Anesthesia
General anesthesia is the gold standard for this operation. Under this type of anesthesia, you are fully asleep; there is no pain and no awareness. Safety and comfort are paramount. Your anesthesia provider has a wealth of experience in facial procedures and safety. You will spend one to two hours in a fully-monitored and state-of-the art recovery room at the surgery center. Your registered nurse will be at your side every moment to attend to your safety and comfort.
Fully Staffed Recovery Room
You will spend one to two hours in a fully-monitored and state-of-the art recovery room at the surgery center. Your registered nurse will be at your side every moment to attend to your safety and comfort.
You have several options for recovery: you may choose to have professional care, to stay in a recovery center, or recover at home. If you wish to recover at home, you must have someone stay with you the first night. We’ll send you home with specific care instructions, as well as information about medications that can aid healing and reduce the potential for infection, specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your overall health, and when to follow-up with Dr. Koplin.
Attention to detail, expertise in surgical technique, and experience with reconstructive as well as cosmetic surgeries sets Dr. Koplin apart from other surgeons. For nearly 20 years, he has used these techniques to enhance the looks and self-confidence of both children and adults.
Dr. Koplin will personally meet with you so that he understands your expectations and desired outcomes. During this initial meeting, Dr. Koplin will ask you a number of questions about your health, desires and lifestyle. He’ll go over your options, recommend a course of treatment, and explain likely outcomes.
First Week: A day or two after surgery, you should be up and about. While it will take several days to return to more normal activities, it is important to your recovery that you be out of bed and relatively active.
You may need to sleep on your back to avoid pressure on your breasts.
We’ll likely see you the morning following your surgery, at which time we’ll remove your supportive bandages and place you in a soft comfortable support (which we provide).
Most of our patients are showering the second day after surgery!
Dr. Koplin exclusively uses dissolving sutures that are hidden under the skin, so there are none to be removed and never any “Frankenstein” marks!
Some discoloration and swelling will occur initially, but this will disappear quickly, with any residual swelling resolving within a month or so. The first few days following your breast lift, you may feel stiff and sore, although many patients remark that they have absolutely no pain after surgery. Your breasts may feel tight and sensitive to the touch, and your skin may feel warm or itchy. You should not lift, push or pull anything, or engage in any strenuous activity or twisting of the upper body.
Second Week and Beyond:
You’ll be able to return to work in a week or two, depending on the level of physical activity required by your job.
You’ll also be able to resume most of your typical activities, including some form of mild exercise, after several weeks.
You may continue to experience some mild, periodic discomfort during this time, but such feelings are normal. Severe pain should be reported.
The appearance of your breasts will change. It typically takes three months or longer before you achieve your final look to your breasts.
Incisions will initially be red or pink in color. They’ll heal and fade over time. Dr. Koplin carefully conceals your incisions in areas easily covered by clothing. We will spend quality time with you after surgery to carefully monitor the progress of your healing and interact in whatever appropriate manner is necessary. This may include scar creams (such as BioCornium®), silicone gel strips, tapes containing medications and laser therapy.
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