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5 Myths About Gynecomastia

Gynecomastia is a common condition in and around Montreal in which a man’s breasts are enlarged and look flabby. This is commonly due to a hormonal imbalance or hormone therapy – not excess fat. People often think that a man with loose pectoral muscles is not spending enough time on the bench press, but this is not necessarily the case.

5 Myths About Gynecomastia

Although gynecomastia is not a dangerous condition, it can cause a man to feel ashamed of his body, which is why breast reduction surgery is not only for the ladies. Here are some myths surrounding “man boobs” that need to be debunked.

MYTH 1 – Gynecomastia is caused by obesity

Being overweight is not the only cause of gynecomastia. It is important to note that it is a common condition that many men experience. The condition may be hereditary or caused by aging, as some men experience dramatic changes in their bodies as they get older.

There is only one type of gynecomastia that is caused by obesity, which is called pseudogynecomastia, and it occurs when fat tissue forms over the mammary glands.

MYTH 2 – Gynecomastia surgery is a complicated procedure

Male breast reduction surgery takes only 1 to 2 hours, and patients are sent home the same day. During the procedure, extra skin and breast tissue are removed by making an incision around the nipple area. Recovery time varies, but patients are often able to resume work after 10 days.

MYTH 3 – Exercise will cure gynecomastia

Since gynecomastia is often a hereditary or aging issue, it cannot be cured with exercise. No amount of boxing or weight lifting can solve a man’s hormone imbalance, and strenuous exercise could actually agitate the disparity.

MYTH 4 – Topical creams and massages will remedy gynecomastia

Turn off the infomercials. Unfortunately, there are no topical creams or massage techniques that can cure this condition. Save your money and your time by not buying into unsubstantiated sales pitches.

MYTH 5 – Gynecomastia surgery is not permanent and the patient can relapse

Once the gland is completely removed via breast reduction surgery, the condition is highly unlikely to return. An amazing upside to the procedure is that you can actually witness results as soon as the swelling subsides.

If you would like more information or are interested in booking a consultation for gynecomastia surgery, contact the Dr. Fouda Neel team of experts to discuss any questions you may have.

How to Decide If Labiaplasty Is Right for You

Intimate self-esteem is just as important as mental and whole-body positivity. Some women, especially after childbirth, experience excess tissue on their labia. It may hang a little bit lower than before and rub against clothing. This can become very uncomfortable. Some women also experience excess labia tissue prior to childbirth, as they just naturally have more skin on their labia majora and minora.

If you find wearing particular pieces of clothing uncomfortable or if you do not like the look of your labia, labiaplasty in our Montreal clinic is a permanent surgical solution to remove excess external skin. You can also get this procedure to change the shape of your labia.

How To Know If You Need Labiaplasty

In order to find out if you truly are a prime candidate for labiaplasty, you need to book a consultation with a doctor. However, before you rush to your phone, here are a few criteria to help you determine if you qualify.

You are a good candidate for labiaplasty if you are:

Over 18 Years Old

It is recommended that you wait to consider labiaplasty until you are over age 18 or at least after you have gone through puberty. If you are under age 18, you will have to get parental consent to undergo the procedure. Young women who have enlarged labia may not need to have surgery, as labia come in all shapes and sizes and these variations are all normal. Labiaplasty is only recommended if the labia causes extreme emotional distress or is physically uncomfortable.

A Non-Smoker

Smoking increases the amount of bleeding during surgery, so if you are a smoker you will have to quit before surgery. It is as simple as that.

In Good Health

If you do not have any existing health conditions and are generally healthy, you are probably able to have labiaplasty, excluding pregnant women. Childbirth may alter the shape of the labia, so it is encouraged that you wait at least a year after childbirth before getting labiaplasty surgery.

If you determine you may be a good candidate and go in for a consultation, the doctor will check for labial hypertrophy by looking at your vulva, which basically means “enlargement of the labia.” If they determine that you do not have this or that your labia has not enlarged due to childbirth, they may not perform the surgery. You do not need to have surgery if your labia is normal.

If you would like more information or are interested in booking a labiaplasty consultation, contact our team of experts to discuss any questions you may have.

Mommy Makeovers: How to Balance Kids and Recovery

Recovering from cosmetic surgery can be challenging if, in addition to taking time to heal properly, you also have to shoulder the responsibility of taking care of children.

Post Surgery

The challenge becomes exponentially greater if your recovery post-surgery lasts weeks rather than days. As a patient, you owe it to yourself to know ahead of time how to do the juggling act of recovering from the surgery while ensuring that your children’s needs are adequately met.

What is a Mommy Makeover?

A mommy makeover is made up of a number of different surgical procedures that can help you to regain the figure you had before you had children. In terms of popular mommy makeover surgical procedures, the ones that most women are interested in include breast augmentation, breast lift, and tummy tuck.

Recovery Time

Since a mommy makeover will consist of numerous cosmetic surgeries, you won’t be able to get a precise idea of how long recovery will take until you consult with a professional who can factor in the various procedures and arrive at a number you can work with. If you get breast surgery, you might have to wear a surgical bra during the recovery period, and a tummy tuck procedure might necessitate that you use an abdominal binder to provide support and keep swelling in check.

While different cosmetic surgery procedures might require that you use or wear certain items, you can expect to fully recover within about a month and a half, and you may be able to get back to your regular routine within a few weeks. However, it’s important to be sure to honor your doctor’s instructions in order to avoid unnecessary complications.

Taking Care of Kids

Recovering and taking care of children is a daunting task. While you might not be able to lift up your little ones during the recovery stage, there are lots of things you can still do, such as provide emotional support to them in their daily activities. However, it is essential that you have help available and ready at all points of the day.

You’ll be unable to lift the children, bathe them, and do other tasks that take physical mobility and energy. Plan to have people you trust pick up your children from school, give them their baths, and fill in in other areas when you can’t. This takes planning ahead of time, preparing what is necessary, and having great communication with your temporary caregiver.

Also, ensure that your kids (particularly the older ones) understand the situation and realize that they may have to exert some independence during your recovery period. You might be surprised to see how responsible they are when given the chance.

You can definitely have a mommy makeover and, post-procedure, take care of your kids. With some planning and a little bit of outside help, your little ones will be well cared for while mommy recovers from her procedure!

Do You Need to Lose Weight Before a Mommy Makeover?

It is ideal, to be at a healthy weight, one which you can continue to maintain, before undergoing any type of body transformative or contouring surgery, including a mommy makeover. The main issue surrounding weight loss after a procedure designed to remove excess skin is the potentiality that more weight loss after the procedure is going to result in more unwanted excess skin. This could mean additional procedure(s) would be necessary to achieve the look and results you were hoping for in the first place. Here are some considerations to pay attention to while contemplating your mommy makeover.

Mommy Makeover

Weight loss before a tummy tuck

Setting and achieving a weight loss goal before a tummy tuck may help to improve the post-surgery contour in your abdomen (the result that you are hoping for). Ideally, you should be aiming for a stable weight and have already started on your way to a healthy lifestyle pre-surgery so that your surgeon is able to accurately determine how best to perform the procedure specific to your body requirements. If your weight fluctuates too drastically before and after the procedure, you may be left with results that are not as long-lasting or as cosmetically appealing as you had hoped.

Weight loss before a breast lift

If you are planning on significant weight loss in conjunction with breast lift surgery, most plastic surgeons advise you undertake it before the procedure so as not to affect the appearance and shape of your breasts. History is a good predictor of the future in such cases. If you have lost or gained a considerable amount of weight in the past and it has had a noticeable effect on the shape and size of your breasts, chances are history will repeat itself after a surgical procedure.

Weight loss before breast augmentation

The ideal scenario for any plastic surgeon is being able to work on a stable structure. Weight loss has a couple of implications for breast dimensions. With weight loss often comes a reduction in breast volume which will ultimately affect your choice of implant size. If you lose weight after the augmentation, the implants that you and your surgeon went with pre-surgery and pre-weight loss may not seem ideal after the post-surgery weight loss.

Weight-loss before liposuction

A reiteration of the above advice, but any significant (20 pounds or more) weight loss should be undertaken before a liposuction procedure. Not only will the end results be more satisfactory, but weight loss before the procedure can make recovery easier since less fat will need to be removed, which ultimately means a less invasive and generally safer procedure.

The consensus among plastic surgeons seems to be that weight loss should ideally be undergone before any sort of body contouring procedure. Losing a considerable amount of weight post-surgery is likely to alter your appearance and may end up meaning additional procedures, surgery time, and costs to achieve the desired results.

How Long Do Plastic Surgery Results Last?

The cosmetic industry has picked up over the last few years. People no longer accept the effects of aging and other natural life occurrences on the body as an inevitable fact of life. Plastic surgery in Montreal offers hope to achieve something that many of us want badly –  eternal youth. But is that hope justified? We see celebrities who seem to never age, and many of them have gone under the knife. But does plastic surgery last forever? The reality is, many of these celebrities have had repeat procedures in order to maintain their good looks, because contrary to what you may want to believe, plastic surgery’s effects do not necessarily last a lifetime. It is worth looking at some of those procedures:

Plastic Surgery

Breast Enhancement

Breast enhancement is ideal for women who have completed breastfeeding. The average breast implant today lasts from 12-15 years. After that period, the implant begins to harden and replacements are required.

Breast Reduction

Women with exceedingly large breasts are good candidates for breast reduction. The ideal ages are between 18-25, or over 40. However, the effects of breast reduction are not permanent in all women. Some women may have to return for a second procedure in about 7 years.

Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

In this procedure, women undergo the knife to have excess belly fat removed. Women who have given birth and are not planning on having more children are the best candidates for a tummy tuck procedure. This is one procedure where the effects are permanent, but it must be maintained with a healthy lifestyle.

Cheek Enhancement

Special gels are added to the face to give the cheeks a rounder and fuller look. The best candidates are women who, after around the age of 37, have begun to lose collagen in their cheeks. These fillers usually last between 12-18 months, after which you will need to have more procedures.

Eye enhancement

Eye enhancement procedures may reverse the aging process, but the effects are temporary. Even when excess fat and tissue are removed from the eyes, your body will develop more loose skin in time due to aging. There are some eye enhancement procedures that may actually give you more wrinkles after the initial ones have been removed. However, the results vary from patient to patient, and a patient’s hereditary background plays some role. New laser treatments are also being developed to give patients an alternative to surgery.

Patients need to be aware that most procedures may last anywhere from a few months to a number of years, but eventually, they will have to return for more sessions. Also, a healthy lifestyle is important in maintaining your results.