Gynecomastia is the medical term for male breast enlargement. It is a condition that can create a female-like chest due to abnormally growing breast tissue. In many cases, gynecomastia is caused by an underlying hormonal issue. This condition can also be caused by certain drugs, steroids, obesity, or genetics. Men with this issue typically feel anxious and worried, especially in circumstances where the upper body and chest are seen, such as by the pool or at the gym. In some instances, gynecomastia may resolve on its own or can be treated with medication. However, in more severe cases, the breast tissue and surrounding skin often require removal through male breast reduction surgery. Thankfully, our skilled team of plastic surgeons offers this life-changing treatment for men who have gynecomastia. This procedure has a very high success rate, and it is considered one of the more popular cosmetic procedures for men at Aesthetic Surgery Centre & MedSpa.
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Male breast reduction surgery is a procedure for men who have enlarged breasts that cannot be reduced with a healthy lifestyle or exercise and diet. If you feel anxiety or are bothered by the appearance of your chest but are physically healthy, you may benefit from receiving gynecomastia surgery at Aesthetic Surgery Centre & MedSpa. Teenagers may also benefit from gynecomastia surgery; however, a secondary procedure could be warranted later during adulthood if abnormal breast tissue continues to form. At your first appointment with our team, treatment options will be discussed. Among these treatments may include the possibility of undergoing surgery to address your condition. You may be a good candidate for male breast reduction surgery if you:
- Are healthy
- Are emotionally stable
- Are within your ideal body weight
- Have gynecomastia in one or both breasts
- Are over 18 years of age
- Possess good skin elasticity
Before going through with male breast reduction surgery, you will need to discuss your condition with your surgeons and provide a complete medical history. This will allow us to check for a range of conditions that may be the underlying cause of your gynecomastia. This can include impaired liver function or the use of anabolic steroids of medications containing estrogen. Smoking marijuana and drinking alcohol excessively may also result in gynecomastia. It is important to address these conditions prior to surgery. Otherwise, these medical irritants could result in the development of additional breast tissue following your male breast reduction procedure.
Liposuction is often utilized during surgery for gynecomastia. With the patient safely under general anesthesia, liposuction reduces excess pockets of fat from the chest wall. Next, any skin showing laxity will be removed to create a more tightened appearance. From there, the areola and nipple will be placed in a proper position. In most cases, this method requires a small incision close to where the glandular tissue collects. Once the fat and loose skin have been removed, we will pull and tighten the remaining skin.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Following your gynecomastia treatment, the chest will be secured with a medical garment to help reduce bruising and swelling. In advanced cases where a reconstructive method was used, a drainage tube may be placed to assist with fluid. The results following male breast reduction surgery are immediately noticeable, and most patients are extremely satisfied with the physical change. The incisions made during treatment take several weeks to heal and scarring is usually barely visible. Once your enhanced chest has healed, you can receive permission from your surgeon to engage in exercise and strength training, which will complement the end results.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How much does male breast reduction cost?
Gynecomastia is a medical issue that requires a skilled surgeon, such as those on staff at our Tacoma, WA facility. To make your surgery easier to afford, Aesthetic Surgery Centre & MedSpa accepts many payment methods. We can also help you find low-interest financing and discuss our payment plan process. While male breast reduction is usually not covered by insurance, it is worth talking to your provider to confirm.
What causes gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is caused by a disruption in hormone balance. Typically, this disorder is linked to the use of anabolic steroids or androgens. It can also be caused by using illegal drugs, like heroin and marijuana. Gynecomastia could also be caused by certain health conditions (hypogonadism, hyperthyroidism, and tumors) or some medications (highly active antiretroviral therapy for AIDS, anti-anxiety medications, and chemotherapy).
How can I tell if I have gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is excess breast tissue growth in the male chest, which may cause pain, swelling, and tenderness. Some men may have false gynecomastia (also known as pseudogynecomastia) so we encourage our patients to lose weight and maintain a healthy diet and exercise before seeking treatment for gynecomastia. If you have enlarged breasts at a healthy weight, we can perform an examination and run tests to diagnose your gynecomastia. This may include blood tests, a mammogram, or a biopsy to rule out other conditions, like breast cancer and mastitis (infection of the breast tissue).
Can gynecomastia be treated with exercise or pills?
The most effective treatment for gynecomastia is male breast reduction surgery. Currently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved any medications to treat gynecomastia. While they are not approved for the condition, some breast cancer medications (Tamoxifen or Raloxifene) may have limited effects. Strength training to build the pectoral muscles cannot reduce the amount of breast tissue and may even cause the breasts to appear larger.
Will this fix puffy or pointy nipples?
Puffy or pointy nipples may be caused by glandular gynecomastia. If this is a concern for you, please discuss this with us during your consultation. We will customize your treatment plan and use the best technique and incision pattern to correct your nipples. Large areolas can also be reduced during male breast reduction surgery. It's important to be open with your surgeon about your needs and goals at your consultation so we can ensure that you get the best results.
RESTORE YOUR MASCULINE CHEST
If you suffer from the effects of gynecomastia, we welcome you to get in touch with our office to schedule a private consultation with one of our leading plastic surgeons. After treatment for male breast enlargement (gynecomastia), you can finally stop covering up your chest at the gym and pool. We have worked with many Tacoma, WA men and have enjoyed watching them reclaim their confidence. To learn more about our male breast reduction surgery at Aesthetic Surgery Centre & MedSpa, contact our office today.