Surgery For Men

Surgical Procedures and Nonsurgical Options for Men

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GYNECOMASTIA SURGERY

Gynecomastia is a medical term that means enlargement of the male breast. This condition is far more common than many realize. It may affect one breast or both. Although certain drugs such as anabolic steroids, medications containing estrogen, alcohol, marijuana, and medical conditions including cancer, impaired liver function, to name a few, may cause or contribute to enlarged male breasts, it is widely accepted a large percentage of these cases derive from unknown sources or are hereditary.

Men of any age who are healthy and emotionally stable are considered good candidates for male breast reduction surgery. The best candidates are those who have firm, elastic skin that will reshape to the body’s new contours. In some instances, surgery may be discouraged for overweight men who have not first tried an exercise and diet regimen.

Enlarged male breasts can be reduced by liposuction and/or by removal of excess glandular tissue. The procedure for male breast reduction takes an average of two hours and is done on an outpatient basis with general anesthesia. Gynecomastia surgery can be individualized to treat excess glandular tissue, fat, or skin excess.

Liposuction alone may be all that is necessary if breast enlargement is due only to excess fatty tissue.  More commonly, there is excess glandular and fatty tissue that requires excision of the gland combined with liposuction.

Results are permanent, although subsequent obesity can create a gynecomastia-like effect. Some of the benefits of surgery include a firmer, flatter, more contoured chest that produces more self-confidence. There is little downtime, and you may return to work within one week usually, unless you are involved in strenuous activities.

There will be scarring around the nipple of the breast (areola) from this procedure but will fade over a period of time and be less visible. There will be some post-operative bruising, swelling, and burning sensation. To assist with the healing process, the patient will wear an elastic pressure garment for 3-6 weeks and must avoid exposing scarred areas to the sun for at least 6 months.

Other considerations include temporary numbness or lack of sensation that could last up to a year. Infrequent complications may include infection, skin damage, fluid accumulation, bleeding, scarring or pigment changes. Post-operative asymmetry, while rare, is possible; a second procedure may be needed to remove additional tissue.

PLASTIC SURGEON FOR MEN

Other procedures available to our male clientele include:
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Ballantyne Plastic Surgery
14135 Ballantyne Corporate Place, Suite 150
Charlotte, North Carolina 28277

March 18,2020

To Our Patients,

The Surgeon General, the CDC, the American College of Surgeons, and the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery have all recommended delaying or postponing elective surgery and medically non essential patient visits during the Covid 19 pandemic as we anticipate an unprecedented strain on our Healthcare System. The Novant Healthcare System has cancelled/rescheduled all elective operations beginning 3/18/2020. They have not given a date when they anticipate opening their operating rooms for elective surgery and we will be monitoring that closely. Also, the CDC and Federal Government have recommended limiting social interactions to try to slow the spread of disease. For that reason Ballantyne Plastic Surgery will be operating on an extremely limited basis for the next two weeks or longer and only be seeing patients for medically necessary reasons. This is defined as patients whose health would be negatively affected if they are not seen. This will apply mainly to patients in the early post operative period. As of March 18, 2020 the following applies to Ballantyne Plastic Surgery:

  1.  All elective surgery is being cancelled and will later be rescheduled when the  operating rooms are open for elective procedures. Every effort will be made to accommodate your scheduling desires.
  2.  All medically non-essential patient visits will be rescheduled for a minimum of 2 weeks or however long the CDC and other governing agencies deem essential to limit the spread of Covid 19. This includes:
          a. All new patient consults
          b. All dermal filler and neuromodulator (botox) patients
          c. All aesthetic services (laser, skin pen, peels, etc.)
          d. All long term post surgical follow up patients unless there is a problem requiring immediate intervention
  3. Dr Liszka will determine who will be seen during this time period and you will be notified as to your appointment date. You also may call the office to discuss whether you need to be seen during this time

All of us at Ballantyne Plastic Surgery are very sorry to have to implement the above protocol for our practice and the impact it makes on our patient’s schedule and lives. This is an unprecedented medical problem and requires extreme measures. We believe this is necessary and in the best interest of our patients, staff, community, and country.

Sincerely,

Thomas G. Liszka, M.D.
Ballantyne Plastic Surgery
(704) 295-0777

Practice Policy Regarding Covid 19

Ballantyne Plastic Surgery is open for consultations, follow up appointments , and selected services. Our commitment to our patients is to provide excellent care in the safest possible environment. We have implemented protocols recommended by the CDC, North Carolina Medical Board, The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons regarding Covid 19 precautions. We are requiring all patients to wear a mask for admittance to our office, answer screening questions, and have their temperature checked. We are also timing appointments to allow for social distancing. We appreciate your trust and consider it a privilege to provide care for all your aesthetic needs. Please call for an appointment or if you have questions regarding our practice during these difficult times.