When Is the Right Time For Gynecomastia Surgery?
Men that suffer from the adverse effects of gynecomastia understand the feeling of desperation when looking for a remedy. However, even for those that would do almost anything to rid themselves of their “man boobs,” gynecomastia surgery is a big step, so it may be difficult to know if you are a good candidate. Here are a few things you should know before pursuing a surgical solution.
Consult A Medical Professional
Similar physical symptoms can have drastically different causes, so it is incredibly important to make sure that you have an accurate diagnosis from a medical doctor before pursuing treatment, surgical or non-surgical. An experienced doctor will want to work with you to pinpoint the cause of the condition and ensure that it is not something that will resolve itself before moving forward with gynecomastia surgery.
Alternative Treatment Options
Excess fat in the chest due to obesity or pseudogynecomastia are typically responsive to diet and exercise. There are also fat burners available on the market you can take to supplement your diet and exercise routine to boost your results. Health conditions and medications can also cause the hormone fluctuations responsible for gynecomastia, so working with your doctors to make appropriate adjustments to your medications may also be effective. Dr. Lohner advises waiting a period of at least eighteen months after determining what caused your hormone imbalance to correct it and see if the gynecomastia resolves itself naturally.
When Gynecomastia Doesn’t Resolve On Its Own
The breast enlargement from gynecomastia is due to excessive glandular tissue, in addition to fat, so it will not be responsive to alternative treatments. If you have patiently pursued alternative treatment to see if the gynecomastia would resolve itself, and it has been over twelve months, it is most likely in the scar formation stage, which means that surgery is the only way to permanently correct it.
If you or someone you know is struggling with the emotional strain that comes gynecomastia causes, it is important to consult an expert. Dr. Ronald Lohner is an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon based in Philadelphia who offers customized procedures to his patients after a one-on-one consultation. He completed his undergraduate education at Dartmouth College and medical school at UMDNJ-Rutgers. Currently, Dr. Lohner is Chief of Plastic Surgery at Bryn Mawr Hospital and holds a faculty appointment at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. His peers have selected him as a Philadelphia-area Top Doctor for the last eight years. His office is located at [primary_address] in [primary_city], [primary_statefull], on the Main Line. Please call his office at [primary_phone] to schedule a consultation for your gynecomastia surgery.