Calling all men! Do you think you have gynecomastia (excess male breast tissue) or maybe it’s just excess fat? The underlying problem will determine what operation is right for you.
If you have excess breast tissue, referred to as gynecomastia, this means you have fibrous tissue commonly associated with breasts, not fat. Because it’s fibrous, the tissue can’t be sucked out with liposuction and must be removed through an incision along the lower half of the areola. Through this well hidden incision, the tissue can be removed via a procedure called gynecomastia correction. This procedure is typically done under some form of anesthesia but is considered outpatient. Also, patients typically have to wear a compression garment afterwards.
Whereas, if your chest is not made up of breast tissue but more fat, that can be treated with liposuction. Liposuction allows your surgeon to suck out fat through a very small (3mm incision). With a such a small incision, no one will notice. The result: your chest will have less fullness and you can feel less self-conscious in a shirt. You’ll still need a compression garment after either procedure.
But who gets gynecomastia correction vs liposuction?
During your clinic consult, your doctor will examine you and give you a breast exam. If the tissue is soft and the consistency is similar to your “love handles, this is probably all fat and can be treated with liposuction. And if the amount of fat is pretty minimal, you may even be a candidate for non-surgical fat reduction through CoolSculpting. If the tissue feels firm and rubbery, that’s probably breast tissue and will require gynecomastia correction.
With a thorough exam and discussion regarding your expectations with your doctor, you can make the right decision. Also, to check pricing on liposuction vs CoolSculpting vs gynecomastia correction from Dr. Kaplan, click here.