Gynecomastia & Laser Treatment FAQ’s


The use of SlimLipo to treat gynecomastia is an exciting innovation in body contouring for men. For many patients at Personiks Plastic Surgery, it represents freedom from years of physical and emotional unease. Doctor’s patients are generally unfamiliar with the use of lasers to destroy fatty and glandular tissue on the chest and frequently ask these questions:

What is gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia is a medical condition that causes the glands and/or fatty tissue of a man’s breasts to enlarge. The change makes the breasts look more like a woman’s breasts than the flattened, round breast of a man.

Why do I have gynecomastia?

A variety of factors can contribute to the development of gynecomastia, but generally it is caused by hormone fluctuations during the teen years or after age 50.For more information on Gynecomastia check Msresearch

When is the best time to have gynecomastia surgery?

Doctor makes this determination on a patient-by-patient basis. In some cases, it is appropriate for patients between the ages of 16 and 18, but only if their breast development has been stable for at least two years. We also treat older men with gynecomastia, with the understanding that age can affect the skin’s elasticity, making it less likely the skin will retract after traditional gynecomastia surgery. With SlimLipo, however, Doctor is able to achieve both skin tightening and the removal of excess tissue.

What are the best surgical treatments for gynecomastia?

Enlarged breasts may be excess fatty tissue (pseudogynecomastia) rather than breast tissue and, in this case, can often be improved with diet and exercise alone. To treat the puffy nipples associated with gynecomastia, some patients will need liposuction combined with chest reduction, using glandular excision.

The “best” treatment depends on what is best for an individual patient. If you’re considering gynecomastia surgery, a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon such as Doctor is the best way to determine an optimal treatment plan based on your physique and your goals.

What are the main advantages of laser lipolysis for gynecomastia with SlimLipo?

SlimLipo allows expert plastic surgeons such as Doctor to create the smoothest, best body-contouring results in men with gynecomastia. The treatment entails only a short recovery time and only minimal discomfort is involved.

In addition, SlimLipo is safer than traditional liposuction and more effective. Unlike liposuction, it tightens the skin around the treatment area.

How does SlimLipo work to treat excess breast tissue in men?

SlimLipo works on the same principle as other laser-assisted cosmetic surgery techniques. It utilizes two different wavelengths of light to disrupt fat and tighten skin.

During the procedure, fat and glandular tissue ruptures and liquefies and is then, with the help of a suction device, siphoned out of the body through a thin, hollow tube called a cannula.

What happens to the fat?

Fat cells are undamaged, but they react to the laser light by emptying themselves of water, glycerol, and fatty acids. Following a treatment, the body then rapidly absorbs the glycerol or sugar while the water carries away the free fatty acids through the lymphatic system and the kidneys. They are then passed out of the body in your urine.

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