Answering Some Common Questions about Man Boobs

Male breast enlargement or man boobs, known medically as gynecomastia, is far more common than many people realize. According to estimates from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS), as much as 40% of American men will experience some form of gynecomastia in their lifetime. Although there are a number of known lifestyle and medical factors that can lead to gynecomastia, many cases stem from unknown sources, which is why I receive so many questions about this condition and how it can be treated. That’s why I’ve taken a moment to answer some of the more common questions about gynecomastia:

Answering Some Common Questions about Man BoobsQuestion1: I underwent male breast reduction surgery 2 weeks ago. I have noticed some healing, but my chest is still puffy and bruised. Is this normal?

A.) This is pretty normal. Bruising and swelling can increase slightly after the removal of any tape or dressing following male breast reduction. Post-surgery bruising will typically decrease over a 3-4 week period, but it could as long as 6 weeks for certain patients. Most swelling will normally be gone within 3-4 weeks, though some patients will need between 6-9 weeks for it to disappear completely. I recommend all male breast reduction patients wear a compression garment to help reduce swelling and speed up the healing process.

Question 2: Can I combat my Gynecomastia with rigorous chest exercises?

A.) Unfortunately not. Though chest exercises may be able to help certain patients who are overweight, gynecomastia for many men is caused by several different factors including excess glandular tissue that results from changes during puberty, steroid use, marijuana use or other hormonal shifts. That is why diet and exercise can only do so much to reduce male breast enlargement in most gynecomastia patients. Male breast reduction results offer improvements that even the most rigorous exercise routine simply cannot.

Question 3: Is a compression garment required after my male breast reduction?

A.) As I stated above, wearing a compression garment following surgery for gynecomastia is highly recommended. Compression helps to prevent the wounds under the skin from accumulating fluid while also holding tissue in place during healing. If fluid builds up or the tissue becomes displaced as a result of not wearing a compression garment, you will take longer to heal and your surgery results can be greatly compromised.

The first step towards successfully treating gynecomastia is determining the root cause of your breast enlargement problem. The sooner you understand the cause of your condition, the sooner you can consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon (like myself) to discuss the possibility of male breast reduction surgery. For more information or to schedule your complimentary plastic surgery consultation today, please contact Dr. David Whiteman at Southern Plastic Surgery today. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for more tips, news and updates.

Say Hello to Summer Plastic Surgery & Skincare Savings

Skincare and plastic surgery don’t discriminate – it’s all inclusive to men and women of all shapes, sizes, ages, and races. I have noticed that more men, in particular, are discovering the great benefits of cosmetic procedures. They’re joining their spouses to try the latest skincare treatments because they too want to improve their self-image and achieve their goals with the help of plastic surgery procedures like male breast reduction, liposuction, eyelid surgery, and facelifts (to name the top five). There are numerous different motivations for why men elective to undergo cosmetic procedures, but at the very core, improving their self-confidence, achieving the look that best compliments them, being competitive in business, and generally just feeling better about their reflection in the mirror resonate with my male patients. In honor of Father’s Day this month, Southern Plastic Surgery and Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center are featuring special savings on laser treatments, skincare, and more that you and the special men in your life can enjoy.

LL_Jun_2016_Summer_FinalSculpSure™ fat reduction featured in Best Self Magazine

If you get a chance to pick up the latest copy of Best Self Magazine, you’ll see our latest SculpSure™ nonsurgical fat reduction system featured in their June issue. All month long, receive $100 OFF your first treatment and discover why this 25-minute treatment has been praised on The Doctors, NBC News, Extra, and more. SculpSure™ has been a great addition to our procedures because patients who aren’t ready or willing to undergo surgical cosmetic procedures like achieving similar body-contouring results with FDA-approved nonsurgical fat reduction methods.

June Specials

June 19th is coming up close and we want to make sure Father’s Day is special for your loved ones with this month’s special savings:

  • NEW! Airbrush ECO Tan® {Buy THREE sessions, get ONE FREE}: Get a bronzed summer glow without putting your skin at risk of skin cancer with an airbrush tan that is customized to your preferences. Using all-natural and organic ingredients, airbrush tans are performed by our licensed and experienced aesthetician to help you avoid orange-dyed skin this summer.
  • Laser Hair Removal {20% OFF any laser hair removal package}: Who really wants to spend a ton of their free time shaving? Living a razor-free and hair-free life is not a myth, it’s a possibility with the help of laser hair removal; no more waxing, razor burn, shaving cream spills, or embarrassment.
  • SilkPeel® Microdermabrasion {Buy TWO treatments, get 50% OFF THIRD treatment}: Microdermabrasion treatments have remained one of the most popular skincare treatments for many years because it’s able to treat a wide range of skin concerns like acne, scarring, uneven skin tone, fine lines, and age spots. SilkPeel® is an updated customizable microdermabrasion treatment that uses a diamond-tipped wand to gently remove dead/damaged skin cells on the face to stimulate new growth.
  • Cellulite Reduction & Skin Firming {25% OFF first treatment}: We use Viora® Reaction™ to treat pesky cellulite that doesn’t seem to budge no matter how well we eat or keep up an exercise routine. Combining controlled heat and vacuum pressure, Viora® is most popularly used for body contouring benefits to reduce cellulite by toning the skin for a younger appearance (as an added bonus, Viora® can also be used for facial skin tightening).
  • MicroLaserPeel {$100 OFF for the face OR face + neck}: The advancements and innovation of modern technology has done wonders for helping patients maintain healthy and radiant looking skin. MicroLaserPeels use laser technology to treat age spots, fine lines, wrinkles, acne scarring, and more.
  • Laser Tattoo Removal {Buy THREE treatments, get FOURTH treatment FREE}: Whether you’ve outgrown or changed your mind about a tattoo on your body, removing it is a bit more complex than just washing the ink off. Now, advanced laser systems can target once permanent tattoo ink of various ages, sizes, locations, and ink colors in shorter treatments than ever before.

Finding an ideal gift for men can be just as difficult as finding an ideal gift for women, which is why gift certificates are a great way to let your loved ones decide what they’d like the most. Both Southern Plastic Surgery (SPS) and Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center offer gift certificates that are good towards all cosmetic services and procedures. We try to freshen up our special each month, so even if there isn’t something mentioned above that they’d like, they can wait until next time to try – but either way, they’re sure to get exactly what they like.

For details on June events and special savings at SPS and Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center, check out our flyers below. Don’t hesitate to give us a call at 770-622-9100 if you have any questions or would like to schedule a complimentary plastic surgery consultation or Laser Lights appointment!

Why Plastic Surgery Is Not a Freak Show

Let’s be honest, some people in today’s society attach stigmas to plastic surgery – some may be good but others can be scathing. Everyone has an opinion on just about everything these days and I find myself still being disappointed by the negative comments I read on cosmetic plastic surgery articles. In my over 22 years of plastic surgery experience, the main motivator that pushes me to do better and work harder is the positive way plastic surgery can change lives. It’s the giant smile on a mother of three’s face when she expresses she never thought she’d see her youthful body again, the teenager who is excited to be able to swim with his friends without feeling embarrassed by his male breasts, and the tears of joy from a young woman in her 20s who had stopped looking at herself in the mirror because her nose was all she could see – it’s for all of them, and those to come that I do it. So when I see such judgment being directed towards those that choose plastic surgery because they want nothing more than to lead a happy, active lifestyle, I feel the need to speak up. Even though certain tabloids and media outlets love to cover the most bizarre and often over the top, one in a million fanatical cases, plastic surgery is not a freak show.

Why Plastic Surgery Is Not a Freak ShowFor many people, plastic surgery is the only way to help reduce functional body issues some active men and women face on a daily basis. I saw an article over the past few months that claimed more women were electing to have labiaplasty (a procedure that reduces the folds of skin surrounding the vulva, called labia majora and labia minora) because they weren’t happy with the way they looked in yoga pants. That type of motivation is purely cosmetic and not exactly a reason that I would have ever considered before reading that article, but for the aspiring dancer who can barely move without having extreme discomfort due to chafing or the teenager whose period causes incapacitating labial swelling and pain, this type of procedure is life changing.

Our bodies are not symmetrical and many of us have quirks that make each of us unique. It’s when day-to-day living is a physical struggle or when a person’s health is at risk that plastic surgery becomes the type of treatment that is most effective. Men who have gynecomastia, the medical condition where they have oversized male breasts, can cause an immense amount of insecurities that keep them hiding inside. Exercise is vital for both brain function and nourishing the body so we can perform at our best. Women with overly large breasts also find themselves in a similar boat in regards to health concerns. Large breasts can contribute to chronic back, neck, and shoulder pain, leaving it virtually impossible to properly exercise without experiencing discomfort. Instead of suffering day in and day out, these types of cases look to breast reduction (for women) and male breast reduction to alleviate the excess fatty tissue and skin that make up their once pendulous and extremely heavy breasts.

The thigh gap concept was also another “trend” I saw that got a lot of attention but also added some negative opinions of body contouring. Instead of certain body contouring procedures being accredited for helping patients with what I like to call “friction syndrome” (like when the inner thigh rubs together constantly to the point of causing clothes to feel uncomfortable, chafing, and pain) that interferes with walking and simply being able to function without being miserable, the benefits are being overshadowed. But whether a patient chooses to go with liposuction or a thigh lift to address their lower body or the SculpSure™ nonsurgical fat reduction method, they’re alleviating a genuine concern that is persistently bothersome – and there’s nothing freakish about any of that in my opinion.

Thanks to advancements in technology and the constant improving of surgical techniques, patients have access to more options today than ever before. The internet and social media certainly have become hot beds for conversations and shared opinions on all things plastic surgery, but at the very core, the choice for a person to undergo any surgical procedure should be extremely important, personal, and shouldn’t be dictated based on societal views and prejudices. Vanity will perhaps always exist but I think keeping an open mind when considering the pieces of a person’s story we may not know, before lumping them into negative stereotypes, will foster a stronger support system within our community and view those who benefit from plastic surgery in a more positive light.