The scientific term, gynecomastia, is used to explain the presence of enlarged breasts on a male. This condition is one that can produce a chest that looks more feminine due to the increase of growing breast tissue. Many times, gynecomastia is related to an unknown hormonal problem. It may also be caused by certain medications, steroids, weight gain, or it can be hereditary. Men with this condition often feel embarrassed, most commonly in situations where the chest is exposed, such as at the beach, pool, or at the gym. Las Vegas, NV plastic surgeon Dr. Chris Costa performs surgical breast reduction for men who suffer from gynecomastia. This surgery does have a high success rate. It is known as one of the more common cosmetic treatments for men at Platinum Plastic Surgery.
"Happy, is too small a word. Breast reduction surgery was the scariest thing I had ever done. Dr. Costa listened. Really listened. Along with his kind and lovely staff. The whole process was made easy for me, and the results are all that I had hoped for.So make your appointment with confidence, knowing that you are choosing the right doctor. Dr. Costa, truly is an asset to his profession."- S.L. / Google / Jan 26, 2019
"First time lip filler: I’m loving how my lips looks - Dr Costa made the whole experience very comfortable, and asked a lot of questions to fulfill your needs before the procedure. Especially for anyone that is a first time lip filler you won’t need to feel nervous here. The staff is amazing as well and super cool! I’m loving how my lips looks and he didn’t make my little lips look like “ duck lips” and I am very happy with the results.. I will definitely go back again and excited for the next experience! I recommend my friends going to him and anyone needing service to enhance their beauty!"- M. / RealSelf / Jun 06, 2020
"I’m only 2 weeks post surgery and my nose looks great - If you’re looking to get a rhinoplasty, look no further than Dr. Costa. He is very professional and explained the surgery very well. I’m only 2 weeks post surgery and my nose looks great. Can’t wait to see it in a month or so. His staff is very nice and professional. The entire experience went very smoothly."- A. / RealSelf / Jun 03, 2020
"DrCosta is a MIRACLE DOCTOR!!! Honestly, I had lost hope after 2 previous breast surgeries years prior. I had interviewed many doctors from Vegas to Utah and DrCosta was optimistic from the go. I had a complex breast lift (see pics) and I was hopeful for just fair results. I was SHOCKED by how amazing the results were!!! It was exactly what we had discussed. My photo below is only one week post op. I had a breast lift, implants, bbl, and lipo. Do yourself a favor and stop interviewing other doctors! If you need ANY procedure, see DrCosta. Not to mention after surgery, he was available by text 24/7 and responded within a minute each time we had any questions. I couldn’t be happier!!!"- C. / RealSelf / Mar 24, 2020
"I love this place. Dianne is very accommodating with one’s schedule, and tries very hard to accomplish the patient’s desired schedule. Dr Costa assuages all your fear and doubts by answering all your questions with precise, intricate answers. He is very personable and makes you feel comfortable and understands what you need."- M.A. / Google / Mar 18, 2020
Gynecomastia Ideal Candidates
Male breast reduction treatment is reserved for men with overly sized breasts that cannot be treated through medications or diet. If you are embarrassed by the size and shape of your chest (but you're otherwise healthy and at a normal weight), you could possibly benefit from male breast reduction surgery by Dr. Costa at Platinum Plastic Surgery. Adolescent teens may also attain positive results from gynecomastia treatment; however, an additional procedure may be needed later as an adult if excess breast tissue continues to develop. During your initial consultation with Dr. Costa, treatment considerations will be provided, including the chances of moving forward with surgery to correct the condition.
Gynecomastia Surgical Technique
A form of liposuction is usually utilized during male breast reduction surgery. Newer liposuction technique helps eliminate excess fat tissue from the internal chest region. Afterward, any lax skin will be carefully removed to produce a taut look, and then (for men with excessive breast tissue removal) the nipple area and surrounding areola may be surgically reshaped and placed into a proportionate position. For most men, this treatment strategy requires an incision in proximity to where the glandular tissue has formed. After the pockets of fat and excess skin have been appropriately addressed, Dr. Costa will tighten the remaining skin and ensure a smooth, natural-looking result has been attained.
What To Expect with Gynecomastia
At the conclusion of your gynecomastia surgery, the chest will be wrapped with a compression bandage to help minimize swelling, bleeding, and bruising. For complex cases where a more intricate approach was used, a small tube for draining may be properly positioned to help with fluid. The outcomes following this procedure are almost immediately visible and most men are extremely excited with the cosmetic enhancement. Any incisions made during surgery take time to heal and any scars left behind are barely seen. With your new, masculine-appearing chest, you may get medical clearance from Dr. Costa to incorporate exercise and weight training, which will help accentuate the surgical results.
Gynecomastia Frequently Asked Questions
What causes gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia most often develops in men when there is an imbalance level in the hormones. In some cases, gynecomastia can be connected to the use of androgens and anabolic steroids and it can also be triggered by some medical conditions (hyperthyroidism, hypogonadism, and tumors). Some medications have also been linked to gynecomastia. During your consultation, a medical history will be taken so that Dr. Costa can have better insight as to why the condition has occurred and the best course of treatment to correct it.
How can I tell if I have gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia occurs in men when there is an overgrowth of breast tissue in the chest, which can cause swelling, tenderness, and pain. Some patients might have pseudogynecomastia (false gynecomastia), so Dr. Costa suggests patients lose weight by following an exercise plan and a healthy diet before considering surgery. If you have excess breast tissue when you are at a healthy weight, Dr. Costa will perform a physical exam and order diagnostic tests. This might include a mammogram, blood tests, or a biopsy to look for other causes, like an infection of the breast tissue (mastitis) or cancer.
Can gynecomastia be treated with exercise or pills?
Male breast reduction surgery is the most effective treatment for gynecomastia. Currently, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) hasn't approved any medications for the treatment of gynecomastia. Although they aren't approved for gynecomastia, a few breast cancer medications (Raloxifene or Tamoxifen) might give you minimal improvements. Upper body weight training to increase the pectoral muscles will not reduce the excess breast tissue and could even make the breasts look larger.
Will this fix puffy or pointy nipples?
Puffy or pointy nipples may be caused by glandular gynecomastia. If you are concerned about this, be sure to tell Dr. Costa at your consultation. He will personalize your surgical plan to select the best incision pattern and technique to improve your nipples. Oversized areolas may also be corrected in surgery for gynecomastia. It is crucial to be honest with Dr. Costa about all of your concerns during your initial consultation so he can make sure the treatment plan achieves the best outcome.
Plan Your Procedure
Restore your Masculine Chest
If you are frustrated with the appearance of your chest, we invite you to call our office and schedule a one-on-one private consultation with Dr. Costa to learn about our male breast reduction procedure at Platinum Plastic Surgery. Once you've had treatment for gynecomastia (male breast enlargement), you won't have to keep hiding your chest when you go to the gym and beach. We have assisted many Las Vegas, NV men and have successfully helped them reestablish their self-esteem.