Dr. Berlet has been in practice as a New Jersey plastic surgeon for over 20 years in Essex County, Bergen County, and the surrounding areas and has developed a large clientele from around the country and abroad.
Gynecomastia New Jersey
What is gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is the term for swelling of breast tissue in males. It can occur at any age, and can have a variety of causes – such as heredity, obesity, hormonal changes, or drug use. The condition may cause the patient to appear overweight, or otherwise affect their self esteem. In many cases, the excess tissue may cause the breasts to sag and stretch the areola, thus exacerbating the problem.
Gynecomastia can be corrected with the help of a simple surgical procedure that removes fat or breast tissue, thus flattening and enhancing the chest area in men. A stretched areola can also be surgically enhanced and repositioned, and the excess skin trimmed.
How is the procedure performed?
Gynecomastia surgery may be performed in one of two ways, depending on what the desired end result is. If the areola must be repositioned or reduced, excision would be necessary. Otherwise, liposuction is generally suggested. Your doctor will discuss available options and inform you beforehand of the best technique in your case.
If gynecomastia is caused due to fatty tissue, your doctor may recommend liposuction. In this method, a thin hollow tube called a cannula is inserted through multiple incisions around the breast. It is moved back and forth to loosen the fat for easy removal. The fat is then removed by suction.
During excision, an incision will be made near the breast (exact location depending on surgical preference) and the surgeon will remove excess tissue and skin. The areola may also be reduced and repositioned if required. In certain cases, a combination of excision and liposuction is necessary.
The results of this surgery are usually permanent, unless the gynecomastia was caused by medication or weight gain. Discuss your expectations and goals with the surgeon during the consultation for best results.
How long does recovery take?
Most patients can shower and drive (carefully) a day after the surgery. After approximately 10-12 weeks, you can engage in strenuous physical activity like workouts, heavy lifting, etc. The scar fades a year after surgery.
In certain cases, a drain and a support garment may be necessary after surgery. During recovery, please follow the doctor’s instructions carefully. Avoid applying pressure to the bandaged site or touching it unless necessary.
The recovery period varies from person to person based on their medical history, health, weight, and lifestyle. For an estimate, schedule an appointment with Dr. Berlet, during which he will examine you and advise you on whether surgery is the best course of action for you.
Some common issues during the healing process include constipation, swelling, bruising, pain and stitch abscesses. Most of these problems resolve themselves in a couple days, but if they persist, contact your doctor. If you notice a seroma (fluid pocket causing swelling), notify the doctor promptly because seromas need to be aspirated within 3-5 days.
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