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Gynecomastia Surgery in Virginia Beach, VA

A Surgical Solution to Gynecomastia

SJ Plastic Surgery is a regional leader in Gynecomastia Surgery in Virginia Beach, VA.

Usually, men will put up false confidence while tugging at their shirts to hide their breasts deep down. You can regain your sense of true confidence through a male breast reduction (gynecomastia). With over 30 years of surgical experience, the dedicated board-certified plastic surgical team at SJ Plastic Surgery bring experience and excellence in plastic surgery to each procedure, giving their patients the highest level of care. Learn more about Gynecomastia solutions at SJ Plastic Surgery in Virginia Beach, VA.

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What is Gynecomastia?

A male breast reduction (also known as gynecomastia reduction) removes the excess tissue to create a smooth, flat, muscular chest. Gynecomastia (breast growth in men) is a common problem but rarely discussed. If you feel embarrassed or self-conscious about the appearance of your chest, you are not alone. Some men may also experience tenderness or pain around the nipples.

What causes gynecomastia?

In most cases, there is no clear, identifiable cause for breast tissue growth seen in gynecomastia. Once the gynecomastia is removed, it usually does not come back. However, other causes must be ruled out to ensure that gynecomastia is secondary to another issue. Problems that can cause gynecomastia include hormone imbalances, certain medications, anabolic steroids, marijuana, and obesity, to name a few. Your surgeon will review your medical history and perform a thorough examination to see if further workup is needed.

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What is Gynecomastia Surgery?

As with any plastic surgery procedure, a male breast reduction must be carefully tailored to the individual’s needs. Liposuction only – recommended for those with elastic skin and mild gynecomastia. A 1/4” incision is placed in the crease of the pectoralis muscle to allow your surgeon to remove the breast tissue surgically.

Subareolar incision – a small incision is made along the bottom half of the areola. This procedure is well-suited for those with moderate gynecomastia and can be combined with liposuction to smooth the chest further and highlight the pectoralis muscles.

Periareolar incision – reserved for mild to severe breast tissue and excess loose skin. A “donut” type incision is made around the areola, allowing your surgeon to remove skin and breast tissue. As with the subareolar incision, this is frequently combined with liposuction.

Circumvertical or free nipple grafts – are used in rare instances where patients have severely loose skin. These techniques involve additional incisions to recontour the chest. your surgeon will review the pros and cons of each method to determine what is appropriate for you.]

How do I know if I have gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia is simply the enlargement or growth of breast tissue in men. This can occur on one side of your chest or both. The common signs include:

  • The appearance of breast tissue
  • Breast tenderness or pain
  • Increased size of the areola (the pigmented skin around the nipple)

Your Gynecomastia Procedure

The surgeons at SJ Plastic Surgery believe in a safety-first approach for all patients. Male breast reduction surgery or gynecomastia surgery is performed only in fully-accredited operating rooms. Depending on the procedure selected, you may be a candidate for local anesthesia only (numbing medicine placed in the chest but you are fully awake), IV sedation (an anesthesiologist provides medicine to make you relaxed), or general anesthesia (you go to sleep). Of course, the decision of which is best will be primarily up to you. Your surgeon will review these various techniques in greater detail during your consultation.

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Gynecomastia Surgery Recovery & Results

You will go home shortly after surgery, accompanied by a friend or relative. An elastic pressure garment must be worn nearly continuously for the first two weeks to help reduce swelling and optimize your results. You may be prescribed medication if there is any significant discomfort in the chest. Most can return to school or work after about five days. Light aerobic exercise can begin ten days after surgery with full participation in athletics at four weeks.

Schedule your Virginia Beach Gynecomastia Surgery consultation at SJ Plastic Surgery today

Successful treatment begins here. Our staff of dedicated professionals understand your unique condition and work to make you comfortable. Regain your self-confidence with a newly sculpted chest and end the stigma of gynecomastia. Learn more about if gynecomastia surgery is right for you with a private consultation today.

Gynecomastia SurgeryFrequently Asked Questions

Is gynecomastia surgery painful?

During your surgery, you will receive anesthesia and are quite comfortable during the procedure. Post-procedure, most men manage any discomfort with over-the-counter medications.

What are the risks?

There is always some risk in any cosmetic surgery, such as asymmetry, bleeding, infection, and scarring. However, gynecomastia is typically a low-risk procedure.

How much does it cost?

Each treatment plan is tailored to every patient and caters to your aesthetic goal of achieving optimal results.

Does my insurance cover it?

Gynecomastia is considered cosmetic surgery and is not covered by medical insurance. However, SJ Plastic Surgery offers payment and financing options for your convenience.

SJ Plastic Surgery in Virginia Beach & Chesapeake

At SJ Plastic Surgery, we believe in treating each patient as though they are family. Our years of training and experience in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery are at your service. Schedule a consultation today to learn more about Virginia Beach Plastic Surgery at SJ Plastic Surgery Clinic.