Gynecomastia, commonly known as male breast enlargement, is highly bothersome to many of the men who are affected by it. To improve their appearance, men seek out various treatments that claim to eliminate male breasts. While some non-surgical treatments for gynecomastia are helpful, surgery is often the only way to correct gynecomastia. Gynecomastia surgery offers certain, immediate, and permanent elimination of excess breast tissue and fat and improvement of the appearance of the chest.
The Efficacy of Non-Surgical Treatments for Gynecomastia
Various non-surgical approaches to male breast reduction have surfaced over the years. Some of the more popular methods include:
- Losing weight
- Dieting and exercising
- Abstaining from steroid or drug use
- Reducing alcohol intake
- Getting hormone treatments
These treatments can be effective to a some extent. Since hormonal imbalances often lead to male breast development, hormone balancing treatments can help minimize its appearance. Likewise, quitting triggers for gynecomastia (such as steroids, drugs, and excess alcohol consumption) can eliminate the cause of gynecomastia. Weight loss, dieting, and exercising can reduce body fat, which may also decrease the size of male breasts. Some men with gynecomastia who rely on these non-surgical treatments may see the changes they desire.
However, for many men with gynecomastia, male breast reduction without surgery will frequently fall short of success, especially when this condition has persisted long term. For instance, abstaining from certain steroids or drugs may prevent further breast growth, but it will not eliminate the present amount of breast tissue. Hormone treatments can minimize gynecomastia but may fail to get rid of it completely, especially for those with moderate to severe cases.
Why Weight Loss Isn’t Enough
Perhaps the best example of how non-surgical male breast reduction falls short is with weight loss. True gynecomastia is when breast tissue is overdeveloped, not when there is excess fat on the chest. Because gynecomastia is usually accompanied by some fat, it is true that weight loss may improve your appearance. However, weight loss cannot target chest fat directly, so the area may remain unaffected. Even more importantly, this treatment for gynecomastia does nothing to resolve the problem of excess breast tissue. Even major weight loss will never get rid of glandular tissue.
Male Breast Reduction Surgery
As non-surgical methods are insufficient, gynecomastia surgery has been developed to permanently and fully address this condition. This surgery is highly effective and tends to produce permanent results. Depending on your case, your surgical technique may be one of the following:
- Liposuction (for excess fat removal)
- Incisional Technique (for breast tissue and fat removal)
- Extended Incisional Technique (for breast tissue, fat, and skin removal)
Gynecomastia surgery restores a flatter and more masculine chest. Men who undergo male breast reduction surgery may feel more confident in their appearance, have reduced anxiety and embarrassment, and develop a more positive self-image.
Dr. Benjamin Schlechter has over 20 years of experience as a board-certified plastic surgeon. To schedule your consultation with him, call (847) 737-5036 or complete our online contact form today.
Exercise doesn’t always work when you are trying to tone a specific area. So-called “spot reduction” through a healthy lifestyle is a myth, and no amount of dieting or exercises are guaranteed to successfully eliminate a double chin. The following four cosmetic procedures can help you achieve a slender and defined neckline once and for all with long-lasting results.
KYBELLA® is one of the newest injectables on the market. This prescription medicine is specially formulated for the treatment of submental fullness (a double chin). The active ingredient in this non-surgical treatment is deoxycholic acid, which aids in the breakdown and absorption of fat. After KYBELLA® is injected, patients return to their typical daily activities, and the deoxycholic acid begins to destroy the fat cells under the chin. As the weeks and months pass, the body will flush away the destroyed cells, leading to a noticeable reduction in submental fullness. Depending on the amount of fat distribution under their chin, patients may need between one and six treatment sessions with KYBELLA® to achieve their desired results.
Liposuction is a popular body contouring procedure that removes fat from targeted areas. If you have stubborn fat under your chin, liposuction can help. There are several different surgical techniques, but they all require small incisions, the insertion of a thin tube, and the extraction of fat through the tube via suction. There is typically a short period of recovery with some swelling and bruising, after which you can return to normal life. Many patients need only one treatment session with liposuction to remove their double chin.
PrecisionTx™ is a laser contouring and skin tightening system for the neck and lower face. If you have mild to moderate skin laxity and desire better definition along the jawline and neck, PrecisionTx™ can help. This one-hour, minimally invasive treatment is performed under either local anesthesia or IV sedation. Dr. Schlechter makes small incisions under the chin and below each ear. He then inserts the PrecisionTx™ laser fiber through a tube just under the skin, where it delivers laser energy wavelengths. This laser energy disrupts the underlying tissue, causing collagen formation and tissue contraction. After a short recovery period, patients can return to work and will see the results gradually improve over the next three to six months. PrecisionTx™ is a one-time treatment that offers lasting results for tightening and toning the skin beneath the chin.
truSculpt® is an optimized radio frequency fat reduction and skin tightening system that can target stubborn fat without invasive surgery. Safe for use on numerous areas of the body, including the neck and chin area, truSculpt® can improve skin tone and get rid of unwanted fat. Anesthesia is not required. The truSculpt® device is held to the target area, and pulses of radio-frequency energy are transmitted through the skin. This energy destroys the fat cells, and the body gets rid of them naturally. There is no downtime with truSculpt®. The results become noticeable within a few weeks and improve for a few months. Two or more treatments may be needed to achieve your desired results. This non-invasive procedure can help those who wish to get rid of stubborn fat on the neck or other areas but are not good candidates for surgical procedures.
Dr. Benjamin Schlechter, M.D., F.A.C.S. has over 20 years of experience as a board-certified plastic surgeon. Having performed tens of thousands of procedures as a plastic surgeon, Dr. Schlechter can help you determine which treatment is best for your needs and will help you eliminate your double chin for good. To request your appointment, please call (847) 737-5036 or complete our online contact form today.
The first “rule” of getting plastic surgery is that you should never do it to please someone else. Plastic surgery is for your benefit, to help you achieve the body and beauty ideals that you have in mind for yourself. Still, even if no one is pressuring you to do it, you may have trouble taking the leap. While only you can decide whether you should get a tummy tuck, here are some of the reasons you may want to undergo this procedure.
Has Your Abdomen Become Significantly Less Toned Over Time?
Pregnancy, weight loss, and aging are the chief causes of aesthetic abdominal issues. Men and women alike may struggle with loose skin, weakened muscles, and subcutaneous abdominal fat. If your abdomen has developed these features over time, a tummy tuck could help you recapture your youthfully slender and toned waistline.
Do You Have Loose, Stretched Abdominal Skin?
Loose, stretched skin on the abdomen is common after pregnancy and even after moderate to major weight loss. The tummy tuck procedure can remove excess skin and pull the remaining skin taut so that the stomach is no longer bulging and ridged but feels firm and smooth. While liposuction can help patients who have excess abdominal fat, only a tummy tuck can correct loose, hanging skin.
Are Your Core Muscles Weak or Separated?
Weight gain and pregnancy can cause the stomach muscles to separate. For many patients, the muscles are unable to recover and remain loose and weak, causing the stomach to appear perpetually distended. Abdominoplasty with rectus plication tightens the core muscles so that the stomach wall is once again firm and flat, with natural contours. If you have struggled unsuccessfully to achieve a firm abdominal contour with dieting, crunches, and other exercises, a tummy tuck can tighten your abdominal muscles and flatten your waistline.
Do You Have Stubborn Fat On Your Abdomen?
Stubborn abdominal fat can affect individuals in many circumstances and is not by itself a reason to undergo tummy tuck surgery. Liposuction and other fat removal procedures can accomplish the desired results without manipulating the skin or muscles. However, if you have stubborn fat accompanied by loose skin and weak stomach muscles, a tummy tuck may be an excellent choice for you. This procedure can correct all three issues and produce a smoother, firmer, and flatter tummy.
The choice to undergo tummy tuck surgery is deeply personal. To discuss your situation with an expert plastic surgeon, come in for a personal consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Benjamin Schlechter. He will offer recommendations based on years of experience for the best treatment for your aesthetic goals and anatomic needs. To request your appointment, please call (847) 737-5036 or complete our online contact form today.
Spider veins are spiky and thin veins that may form on the face and legs. While generally harmless, these unsightly veins can tarnish your complexion. If your skin is marked by noticeable spider veins, laser vein treatment with the Cutera® excel V™ laser can eliminate your spider veins and produce a more even skin tone.
What Causes Spider Veins?
Spider veins form when vein valves weaken, causing blood to back up instead of flowing naturally through the vein. The most common causes of spider veins are aging, weight gain, hormones, sun exposure, pregnancy, injuries, prolonged standing or sitting, and genetics. Though usually harmless, these veins may itch or burn. Most people consider them a nuisance and an embarrassment. Without treatment, spider veins are permanent. People who are not aware of the Cutera® excel V™ laser may feel forced to conceal their spider veins by wearing pants or applying makeup concealer.
How Can the Cutera® excel V™ Laser Help?
The Cutera® excel V™ laser is a simple treatment that can permanently eliminate spider veins and restore evenly toned skin. This laser can treat a wide range of veins from small spider veins to deep blue reticular veins with nice results.
Your treatment may begin with the application of a topical anesthetic if desired, after which the laser will be applied. The laser will deliver short pulses of light energy into the skin. This laser energy causes the blood vessels to constrict and collapse. Over the following weeks, the blood will reroute to new, healthy veins, and the destroyed vein will fade away. For small or minor spider veins, only one or two treatments may be needed to achieve the desired results. This quick and easy treatment with the Cutera® excel V™ laser can resolve spider veins with minimal or no downtime and permanent results.
Spider vein treatment with the Cutera® excel V™ laser can permanently eliminate spider veins and restore a balanced and even skin tone. To learn more about this treatment, request your personal consultation with Dr. Benjamin Schlechter, our board-certified plastic surgeon. Call (847) 737-5036 or complete our online contact form to schedule your appointment with us today.
Breast asymmetry is far more common than most people realize. In fact, it is believed that virtually all women have some degree of breast asymmetry. For many women, this asymmetry is so slight that it is barely noticeable, or it may not be noticeable at all. Others are not so fortunate, and their pronounced breast asymmetry affects them physically and/or emotionally. If your breast asymmetry bothers you, breast surgery can help you achieve a more balanced and natural-looking bust line.
When to Consider Surgery
Breast asymmetry is usually a difference in size or volume. If there is only a slight difference, this may be unnoticeable most or all of the time. However, some women’s breasts can differ in size by more than a cup and may be noticeable even to strangers. Additionally, some women’s breasts may differ in shape or may go through changes during pregnancy, nursing, and aging that lead to asymmetry. For example, aging breasts may sag at different rates, leading to one sagging noticeably lower than the other. In some cases, asymmetry can be attributed to breast augmentation. If a plastic surgeon does not account for natural asymmetry, it can become more pronounced after inserting breast implants. Surgical complications that may arise after breast augmentation can cause noticeable aesthetic changes to one breast only. No matter the cause, if the differences between your breasts are distressing to you, consider scheduling a consultation with a plastic surgeon to discuss your options for achieving a more even breast appearance.
Your Surgical Options
Breast asymmetry can be corrected through breast surgery. There are several surgical approaches that can help you achieve breast symmetry:
- Breast Augmentation: Dr. Schlechter can insert an implant into the smaller breast or differently sized implants into both breasts to balance them out. This approach will increase the size of the breasts and can also improve their shape.
- Breast Augmentation With Fat Transfer: Dr. Schlechter can extract excess fat from an area of the body and inject it into the smaller breast to boost its size. This approach can be successful for those with minor asymmetry (i.e., less than one cup size difference), but it is more difficult to rely on as a correction for breast asymmetry because the amount of fat that will successfully graft into the breast tissue is variable.
- Breast Lift: Dr. Schlechter can perform a breast lift to reshape and reposition the breasts so that they appear youthful and balanced. This approach is best for women whose breasts are sagging, especially if their sagging is uneven.
- Breast Reduction: Dr. Schlechter can surgically remove excess breast tissue to reduce the size of just the larger breast or both breasts. This approach is best for women whose overly large breasts cause them emotional or physical discomfort.
- Breast Revision: Dr. Schlechter can perform breast revision to correct asymmetry caused by surgical complications from breast augmentation, such as implant deflation or capsular contracture. This approach improves the condition of the breasts and balances out their appearance.
Breast surgery can correct breast asymmetry and help women achieve a more natural, even, and aesthetically pleasing breast appearance. To learn more about your options, schedule your personal consultation with our experienced and board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Benjamin Schlechter. Please call (847) 737-5036 or contact us online to request your appointment today.
We are proud to announce that the Spa at North Shore Aesthetics was recently voted the 2017 Winner of the North Shore Choice Awards for Best Med Spa!
As Medical Director of the Spa, Dr. Benjamin Schlechter is involved in the day-to-day operations of the Spa, including ongoing training of his staff on the newest treatments, products, and lasers available and offering the latest technologies and techniques for his patients. Having a knowledgeable board-certified plastic surgeon as the hands-on Medical Director and highly trained staff are only two of the reasons the Spa at North Shore Aesthetics is a med spa like no other!
To schedule your appointment at our award-winning Med Spa, call us at 847-737-5036 or fill out our online contact form today!
While breast implants are intended to be long-lasting devices, there may come a time when they are no longer right for you. If you decide for any reason that you no longer wish to have breast implants, Dr. Schlechter can perform implant explant breast revision to remove your implants and recreate a more natural breast appearance.
How Implant Explant Differs from Implant Exchange
Breast implant “removal without replacement” means that when performing breast revision surgery, the implants are permanently removed instead of replaced. With most revisionary breast surgeries, the implants are exchanged for newer implants or implants of a different material or type. With implant explant, the implants are removed, and the tissues are lifted and adjusted to recreate the natural look from before the implants were originally inserted.
Reasons to Have Your Breast Implants Removed
There are a number of reasons why women choose to remove their breast implants. Sometimes it is a matter of surgical complications or health concerns. For instance, if you have recurrent capsular contracture or your oversized breasts are causing you pain, removing your implants may be a prudent choice. Dr. Schlechter may recommend this for women with health concerns. Some women may be concerned with fitness and how their oversized breasts don’t fit with their active lifestyle. Another reason to remove breast implants could be a shift in preferences. Many women decide years after breast augmentation surgery that they want to reclaim their natural figures. Whatever your motivation, Dr. Schlechter can perform breast revision to remove your implants without replacing them.
Achieving a Natural Look
Permanently removing your breast implants will automatically make your breasts look more natural because they will no longer have the size enhancement from the implants. Because breast augmentation permanently stretches the breasts, Dr. Schlechter will have to tighten and adjust the breast tissue because it will not naturally contract back to its former state. Most of the time with implant explant breast revision, Dr. Schlechter includes a lift to correct any sagging from the weight of the implants. He may also remove scar tissue and reshape the breasts so that they look naturally full, round, and lifted. With implant explant breast revision, you can recapture a more natural look and eliminate surgical complications and other health concerns that may be associated with breast implants.
Dr. Benjamin Schlechter is a renowned breast surgeon with years of experience and a low rate of surgical complications. If you are considering implant explant, schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Schlechter. Call (847) 737-5036 or fill out our online contact form to request your consultation today.
Allergan has recently released one of the best breast implants available today. These implants are called Natrelle INSPIRA® Round Gel Breast Implants and were approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just last fall. The INSPIRA® Implants give women the chance to choose high-quality implants that produce the fullest roundness for the greatest results.
What You Need to Know
These new implants accompany an already well-stocked line of implants by Natrelle from Allergan, which is a multi-national pharmaceutical company and one of the leading providers of breast implants. What sets the new implants apart from the rest? Natrelle INSPIRA® Round Gel Breast Implants are made of a highly cohesive silicone gel with a high gel-fill ratio. Sometimes called “gummy bear implants” because they hold their shape even when cut, these implants are particularly resistant to tissue compression or distortion and can maintain their shape for many years without rupturing. The Natrelle INSPIRA® Round Gel Breast Implants are made with the fullest roundness of any implants yet, and they also have a reduced risk of implant irregularities, rippling, and rupturing. As a measure of assurance to those concerned about safety, the new Natrelle INSPIRA® implants have been approved by the FDA, which means they have been through extensive evaluations to determine their safety for use. Lastly, the Natrelle INSPIRA® Round Gel Breast Implants are made with a soft feel and are available in multiple sizes, profiles (projections), and textures.
How These New Implants Could Benefit You
If you have yet to undergo breast augmentation because you haven’t yet found the right “fit,” now may be the perfect time to do so. The Natrelle INSPIRA® Round Gel Breast Implants are made to help women with a variety of body shapes and have achieved great popularity already among women across the country. These implants are especially beneficial for women who identify with the following criteria:
- Need shape correction
- Have thin breast tissue
- Have limited lower breast pole fullness
- Are undergoing breast reconstruction
The Natrelle INSPIRA® Round Gel Breast Implants offer supreme shape correction with a limited chance of rippling and long-lasting results. Their beautifully full and round results do not compromise the feel and can give women improved breast fullness with a natural appearance and feel.
Dr. Benjamin Schlechter is offering the Natrelle INSPIRA® Round Gel Breast Implants here at his practice to help patients achieve the best results from breast augmentation surgery. To request your appointment with Dr. Schlechter, please call (847) 737-5036 or complete our online contact form today.
Noted beauty magazine NewBeauty has a new feature profile on Dr. Benjamin Schlechter. Dr. Schlechter is honored to be recognized among beauty experts for his artistry, skill, and compassion as a plastic surgeon. Readers of NewBeauty have the privilege to learn more about our esteemed surgeon and the high level of care he offers every patient.
NewBeauty is devoted to helping readers find inspiring beauty secrets and must-have products as recommended by experts in plastic surgery, dermatology, and cosmetic dentistry. In this feature on Dr. Schlechter, NewBeauty highlights his work as a renowned plastic surgeon. Dr. Schlechter and his “state-of-the-art facility […] aim to provide patients with an exceptional surgical experience,” as quoted in the article.
In addition to featuring Dr. Schlechter’s profile, NewBeauty has also recently quoted Dr. Schlechter for his expert opinion and insider tips about breast augmentation revision. While some surgeons recommend “refreshing” your implants every 10 years or so, Dr. Schlechter claims this is often unnecessary. “I would say that it is not necessary to refresh the implants,” says Dr. Schlechter in the article, “ [… if] the patient is happy with the results.”
NewBeauty also recently sought Dr. Schlechter’s expert opinion for an article they published on February 6, 2017 regarding skincare products containing retinol. In it’s article titled 8 Doctors Reveal the Best Retinols to Buy, Dr. Schlechter recommends ZO Skin Health Ossential Growth Factor Serum Plus for its ability to promote even cell-by-cell exfoliation, increase collagen production, and encourage new, healthy skin cell renewal.
Check out NewBeauty magazine to learn more about how Dr. Schlechter can help you achieve your aesthetic goals.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Benjamin Schlechter performs numerous types of plastic surgery procedures for patients of all types. To request your personal consultation, call Dr. Schlechter at (847) 737-5036 or contact him online today.
The IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implant is a new advancement in saline implant technology. It offers an innovative, new option for patients desiring saline implants rather than silicone gel implants. Many patients still have concerns regarding silicone gel implants even though prospective and retrospective studies show them to be safe. The IDEAL IMPLANT® is an alternative saline implant that is filled with saltwater but has the feel of a silicone gel implant. This implant is very different from the traditional saline implant.
The IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implant has a more natural feel due to the internal structure of the implant rather than from what it is filled with. This implant has a natural look and feel despite being filled with saline. The internal structure controls the movement of saline to eliminate the fluid wave effect or water-hammer effect which can be noticeable with traditional saline implants. There is no sloshing. Traditional saline implants tend to have an increased incidence of wrinkling and rippling. Due to the structure of the IDEAL IMPLANT®, the risk of wrinkling and rippling is significantly reduced. Traditional saline implants tend to collapse at the upper pole due to the gravitational movement of saline to the lower aspect of the implant. Due to its internal structure, the IDEAL IMPLANT® does not collapse when the implant is upright.
As with traditional saline implants, the IDEAL IMPLANT® is placed through a smaller incision than silicone gel breast implants, which results in a smaller potential scar. Also, due to the saline, the volume of the implant is adjustable within a certain amount to help correct mildly asymmetric breasts. The edge of the implant conforms to the contour of the woman’s chest.
One of the concerns with silicone gel implants is the risk of silent rupture. The advantage of the IDEAL IMPLANT® is that women will know the implant is intact simply by looking in the mirror. In the event of a rupture or leak, an MRI is not necessary.
The IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implant is a nice alternative for women seeking breast augmentation surgery who desire the feel of a silicone gel implant but do not want silicone gel implants and do not want the less natural feel of a traditional saline implant.
For more information, contact North Shore Aesthetics to schedule your consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Benjamin Schlechter. Call us today at 847-737-5036 or fill out our online contact form.