Male Breast Reduction Des Moines, Gynecomastia Iowa Male Breast Reduction Des Moines, Gynecomastia Iowa

Breast Reduction for Men Des Moines

Dr. Robbins is Iowa’s only quadruple board certified plastic surgeon. Learn more about Dr. Robbins, his medical practice called Des Moines Plastic Surgery™, and male breast reduction surgery. Des Moines Plastic Surgery™ has a fully accredited operating suite on site. This allows patients more privacy and continuity of care.

Gynecomastia Correction

Despite being a relatively common condition, gynecomastia, or enlarged male breasts, can be psychologically and emotionally devastating for affected men. If you haven’t achieved the results you desire through diet and exercise alone, it may be time to consider male breast reduction. Male breast reduction surgery with Dr. Robbins can give you the flatter, firmer, more masculine chest you desire.

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Sometimes liposuction alone can correct gynecomastia.
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Other cases require surgical removal of glandular breast tissue or skin.
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Incision patterns vary.
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Sometimes excision and liposuction are both necessary.
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The result is a flatter chest contour.

Dr. Robbins is Iowa’s only quadruple board certified plastic surgeons. Dr. Robbins is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and American Board of Laser Surgery. His specialty is cosmetic surgery. If surgery is not for you, Des Moines Plastic Surgery™ offers CoolSculpting. This is a nonsurgical solution that works on male breasts and other areas of the body where there are pockets of fat. CoolSculping freezes the fat and the body discards of this fat naturally over a 12 week period. Two treatments are recommended for optimal results. The best part is that there is no downtime and no surgery!

When to Consider Male Breast Reduction

If you’re self-conscious about size and shape of your chest, you may want to consider male breast reduction. Surgery is ideal for men who:

  • Are healthy and do not smoke
  • Have clear cosmetic goals
  • Have stabilized breast development
  • Are at or near their ideal body weight

As a general rule, surgery is not recommended for severely overweight men because the problem may correct itself through diet and exercise. Additionally, men who smoke marijuana or take anabolic steroids are not good candidates for surgery because these drugs can contribute to gynecomastia. To determine if you are a good candidate, you should schedule a complimentary cosmetic consultation with Dr. Robbins at Des Moines Plastic Surgery™.

FAQs

  • What causes gynecomastia?

    In most cases, it’s difficult to pinpoint the exact cause of gynecomastia. However, certain drugs (marijuana and anabolic steroids), hormonal changes and weight fluctuations may increase the size of your chest. Genetic factors may also play a role in development.

  • What happens during male breast reduction?

    Surgery will take place in Des Moines Plastic Surgery™’s own fully accredited in-office operating room. Male breast reduction is an outpatient procedure (you’ll be able to return home the same day as surgery) and requires general anesthesia. Once you’re comfortable, Dr. Robbins will remove excess skin, tissue and fat. Incisions are typically made around the edge of the areola or within the armpits. In some cases, Dr. Robbins may also use liposuction to remove additional excess fat. At the conclusion of surgery, all incisions will be secured with sutures. Surgical drains may also be placed near the incisions sites to collect excess fluid build-up. Male breast reduction is usually completed in 1-2 hours.

  • What is the recovery like after male breast reduction?

    Swelling, bruising and discomfort are all common during the first several days. During this initial stage of recovery, you will need to take time off from work and other routines to recuperate. Most men feel up to resuming work and light physical activities within a week, but strenuous lifting and exercise should be avoided for approximately a month. The final results of your procedure will appear over the course of several months as your chest gradually heals and adjusts to its’ new position.

  • Will there be noticeable scarring after surgery?

    There will be visible scarring following surgery. Your scars will fade and flatten over the course of 12-18 months, but never completely disappear. However, most of our patients do not feel self-conscious about their scars and feel the trade-off is well worth it.

  • What are the risks of male breast reduction?

    Male breast reduction carries many of the same risks of any surgical procedure including infection, adverse reaction to anesthesia, changes in sensation, scarring and blood loss. Dr. Robbins will discuss these risks with you in-depth during your consultation.

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Learn More About Male Breast Reduction in Des Moines

Are you considering male breast reduction in Des Moines? Dr. Robbins would be happy to discuss the procedure details with you during a complimentary cosmetic consultation. To schedule your consultation at our Des Moines office today, please call us at 515-221-9999 or send us an email by clicking on Contact Us.

We look forward to meeting you.

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Meeting Dr. David Robbins

This is the customer’s opportunity to ask any and all questions. It is also Dr. Robbins’ opportunity to ask you questions as well. Every conversation should be open and honest because surgery is a big deal and both parties involved want the best outcome with the best experience possible. You should be expected to talk about the following:

What you want to change about your body, and why you want to change it?
How you feel about your body now, and how you would like to feel after plastic surgery?
Your goals: what do you want to look like after surgery, what specific changes would you like to see?
Which procedure(s), if any, can help you achieve your goals?
What results you can expect from each procedure?
What’s involved in the surgery (anesthesia type, incisions, recovery timeframe)?
The risks and possible complications from surgery?
Review your medical history (be open and honest for your safety).




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When you are called back to begin your consultation appointment, you will first meet with a patient coordinator, who will review your medical history with you and help you get settled. Your patient coordinator is your liaison between you and the practice. They make sure your questions are addressed quickly as you consider your options before surgery as well as throughout your surgery and recovery process. They also help you with scheduling pre-op appointments, your surgery date, and post-op appointments.

Our front desk receptionist is also able to schedule pre-op appointments, your surgery date, and post-op appointments. The patient coordinator will credential the office and the staff, including Dr. Robbins, so that you have a good understanding of what sets Des Moines Plastic Surgery apart from other local plastic surgery practices.




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Once the customer feels comfortable with the information they have gathered, a consultation is scheduled by email or phone. Customers will always meet with Dr. Robbins and his Patient Care Coordinator for the initial consult.

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Before Scheduling A Consultation

We encourage customers to do research online, talk with family and friends and verify the plastic surgeon is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Please visit our website for more information about the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

This often prepares the customer for the consult and makes them feel more comfortable with Dr. Robbins.




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A consultation is equal parts interview, learning experience, and time to see the possibilities of what cosmetic surgery can achieve for you. It’s a two-way conversation that should help you answer important questions:

Is cosmetic surgery the right option for me?
If so, which procedure or procedures are appropriate?
Who do I want to perform my procedure(s)?
Are the benefits worth the risks?
You get these answers by meeting with Dr. Robbins, a board certified plastic surgeon and his staff and asking more detailed questions. Expect each consultation to last from 30 minutes to 1 hour. It is important to remember you are consulting for elective cosmetic surgery, not covered by insurance.




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How Is The PRP Hair Restoration Procedure Performed?

A small amount of blood (10mL- about a tablespoon) is drawn in our office just like a routine blood test. The blood is then spun in a centrifuge which will separate the platelet-rich plasma (PRP) from the other blood components which are not utilized. The highly concentrated platelet rich plasma (PRP) is then injected into the scalp. An additional technique uses Microneedling or a Profractional laser to make microscopic entry points in the skin of the scalp. PRP is then injected into the scalp. The procedure takes approximately 30 minutes and the patient may drive themselves home. Early studies suggest that the procedure be repeated every three to six months for best results.





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PRP in the field of hair restoration is in its early stages and although no long term studies have been performed as it relates to its effectiveness, there is substantial evidence that PRP is a promising treatment option for hair growth. Extensive clinical trials are not complete and medical data is not yet published to establish the absolute effectiveness of PRP therapy in hair restoration. PRP should not be considered a “cure” for hair loss and no guarantee can be made about its individual effectiveness. The kits used to make the PRP are FDA approved. The kits are sterile and isolate the PRP in a very effective way.





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How Does PRP Hair Restoration Work?

Platelet rich plasma (PRP) in human blood contains many growth factors that stimulate stem cells which have the ability to stimulate new cell and tissue growth and regeneration as well as tissue healing in the environment or location that the PRP is placed. Multiple medical publications over the past two decades confirm the safety and use of PRP therapy. PRP has been used with great success over the past 20 years in the fields of plastic surgery, reconstructive and wound healing treatments, oral surgery, neurosurgery, and orthopedics.





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PRP as it relates to hair growth is an exciting new non-surgical option for patients who may benefit from stimulation of hair growth and preventing further loss. PRP hair restoration does not re-grow hair but uses your own blood products to increase hair thickness and stimulates existing hair follicles to grow and is best applied to small areas of thinning hair, receding hairlines, and loss of hair volume. PRP is not meant to replace FDA approved medications to prevent hair loss but may be used in addition to these medications or may be an option for those who wish to not take medications or have side effects from these medications. PRP will complement the effects of minoxidil and DHT blockers. PRP hair restoration is also a great option for those who are not candidates for surgery or who want to delay formal hair transplant surgery. PRP can also be used after Neograft hair transplant to improve graft survival and speed of growth as well as to help prevent ongoing hair loss.





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Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is the body’s natural healing elixir and acts as a natural fertilizer that stimulates stem cells to grow and repair aged and damaged tissue. Platelet-rich plasma(PRP) therapy can be a proactive treatment for patients experiencing thinning hair or as an adjunct to hair transplant procedures. PRP has been utilized for years as a way to stimulate growth of new cells in a variety of applications. PRP has recently received a great deal of press as it relates to treatments to restore youthful appearance to your skin. For example, Des Moines Plastic Surgery uses PRP with lasers and microneedling to expedite healing and for anti-aging and improvement in skin texture and tone.




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The goal of tummy tuck surgery is to redefine and reshape the abdomen through the removal of excess skin and fat and tightening of abdomen muscles.

You may be a good candidate for abdominoplasty if you have:

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A flat and well-toned abdomen is something many of us strive for through exercise and weight control. Sometimes these methods cannot achieve our goals.

Even individuals of otherwise normal body weight and proportion can develop an abdomen that protrudes or is loose and sagging. The most common causes of this include:

Aging
Heredity
Pregnancy
Prior surgery
Significant fluctuations in weight





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A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, removes excess fat and skin and restores weakened muscles to create a smoother, firmer abdominal profile.



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In 2019, the Tummy Tuck (abdominoplasty) procedure was the 5th most performed cosmetic surgical procedure performed on females in the US.
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Dr. Robbins is Iowa’s only quadruple board certified plastic surgeon and each year performs 5x more breast augmentation procedures than the national average.

We offer complimentary consultations where you can meet with Dr. Robbins and the Des Moines Plastic Surgery team. Consults involve learning more about the procedure you’re interested in, determining if you’re a candidate, and going over results and expectations.

Learn more about our award-winning practice by visiting our website and schedule consults conveniently online.




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Consultation: the first step.

Many women start their surgical journey by talking to a friend or a relative who has already had a breast augmentation. While these are all good places to start, your most valuable resource is a personal consultation with a plastic surgeon.

A consultation doesn’t take long, and with an expert’s opinion, you’ll be better able to understand the benefits, risks, and discover which implant options are best for you and your body.




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