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.
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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.
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
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.
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.