Gynecomastia

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As a man, it can be embarrassing to develop breast tissue.

Sometimes referred to as “man boobs,” many men with this issue struggle with self-confidence and feel self-conscious. A common hormone imbalance among men occurs when the body produces more estrogen than testosterone, resulting in gynecomastia, or swollen breast tissue. In extreme cases, the condition may cause men to shy away from sports, removing their shirt, and from participating in physical activities including intimacy. There are many solutions that may help reduce over-developed male breast tissue, but cosmetic treatment will give you the results you want right away.

If you are interested in learning more about breast reduction surgery with Dr. Elizabeth Lee, we invite you to schedule an informative consultation at ArtfulSurgery today.

About Gynecomastia

Gynecomastia is often the result of a hormone imbalance that can continue to affect men for the whole lives. It is more common in men who are going through life changes that include hormone fluctuations, such as puberty and aging. Gynecomastia is very common in men ages fifty and older.

Gynecomastia can occur at any time and may be caused by diet, lack of activity, weight, aging, illness, medication, and family history.

Common medications that can cause male breast enlargement include steroids, antibiotics, anxiety medications, heart medications, and treatments for serious illnesses, such as chemotherapy. The overuse of alcohol and drugs can also affect hormone levels. It is important to have the cause of your gynecomastia diagnosed before seeking treatment as some illnesses, such as tumors, may cause enlarged breasts.

On top of being a condition that causes self-consciousness, swollen breasts may be uncomfortable. Sometimes the breasts may produce a discharge as well, adding to the discomfort of the condition.

If you are concerned about the appearance of your chest, have your doctor examine your chest tissue. If your breasts are enlarged due to swollen tissue, Dr. Lee can help you lose your “man boobs” and regain your masculine frame in no time!

Incisions

There are a few types of incisions that can be used to access the excess tissue and reduce it.

An incision will either be made along the entire areola border or in an eye-shaped pattern. Excess tissue will be removed and the areola may be trimmed so as to return it to a natural, masculine shape.

Another form of incision that is frequently combined with liposuction is made around the areola’s border and in a crescent shape along the front of the breast. Excess tissue is removed with liposuction techniques and the areola is trimmed and brought to a higher, natural position. The remaining tissue is then sculpted and incisions closed to achieve the desired result.

Dr. Lee may use one of these techniques or a combination to create your best outcome.

Types of Liposuction

Liposuction has greatly evolved over the decades. Dr. Lee is specialized in many techniques and offers three impressive methods to help her male patients achieve their best outcome!

Tumescent Liposuction

This form of lipo implements tumescent fluid before the procedure. Tumescent fluid is often made of an anesthetic, epinephrine (a form of adrenaline), and saline solution, but may include other components such as bicarbonate. This fluid will be injected into the treatment area prior to liposuction. The fluid assists the procedure and makes recovery time shorter and less uncomfortable. Tumescent fluid constricts blood vessels, helping to reduce blood loss and bruising. The fluid will also swell and firm the treatment area. This action makes it easier to gently remove the fat. The result is a more comfortable, precise procedure that will help in the sculpting of your chest.

Laser-Assisted Liposuction

This form of lipo implements a small laser fiber. The cannula containing the laser fiber will be inserted through tiny, strategic incisions allowing for the ideal access to and removal of fat cells. The fat cells will be emulsified and suctioned from the area. Laser liposuction has the added benefit of tightening skin. The heat from the laser will boost collagen levels, helping to provide localized skin tightening.

Ultrasound-Assisted Liposuction

Ultrasound lipo implements an ultrasound probe. To perform ultrasound liposuction, tumescent fluid is first introduced into the treatment area. A small incision is made through which the probe is inserted. The probe emits sound waves that fluctuate the air bubbles present in the fluid. The bubbles’ movements agitate fat cells and gently dislodge them from the surrounding tissues. The fat is then suctioned from the area. Ultrasound lipo helps to diminish fat stores without inflicting trauma to surrounding tissues. This advanced liposuction method enables Dr. Lee to sculpt the chest into a patient’s preferred toned contours.

Dr. Lee will discuss with you what liposuction method will help remove extra breast tissue and assist you in achieving an improved appearance!

Candidates

Gynecomastia surgery is a great solution to a sensitive problem. The procedure will give you the results you want right away. If you are a man who is unhappy with your chest, consider cosmetic surgery to help transform your appearance. To know if gynecomastia surgery is a good choice for you, call our office today and schedule a consultation with Dr. Lee.

Personal Consultation

In your personal meeting with Dr. Lee, you will get the chance to discuss your case of gynecomastia and your preferred appearance for your chest. Dr. Lee will listen and ask about your current lifestyle, medication routine, allergies, and whether you have undergone past procedures. She will then examine your chest and take measurements. Dr. Lee will recommend alternative or additional treatments if she deems gynecomastia surgery unhealthy.

If male breast reduction surgery is the right solution for you, Dr. Lee will explain the details of the procedure and discuss all your options.

Treatment will be personalized to your anatomical features and desired outcome. Along with the details of the procedure, Dr. Lee will go over the potential risks and what the recovery period will look like. You will need to take a week off from work to ensure you get rest and start your healing process off well.

Dr. Lee will also inform you how to best prepare for the surgery and recovery period. If you have any questions or concerns that are not addressed in this consultation, please give our office a call so we can assist you.

Preparation

gynecomastia preparationPrescribed medications will need to be picked up before your surgery. You will also want to arrange for rides to and from the procedure. You may need pain medication for a few days after the surgery and since you cannot drive while on pain meds, you will need to enlist the help of a friend or family member to get around.

Twelve hours before the surgery you will need to begin fasting. The morning of the appointment we recommend you take a shower and dress in comfortable clothing.

For your best results, follow Dr. Lee’s preparation instructions.

Male Breast Reduction Surgery

When you arrive at your appointment, you will be greeted by the surgical team. Your chest will be cleaned and incision points will be marked out on your chest. Anesthesia and sedation will be administered to ensure a comfortable procedure.

The whole procedure will take about one to three hours.

Once you are resting, Dr. Lee will begin the procedure. She will delicately apply the predetermined incision pattern, taking care to hide the incision in the natural curves of the chest . Excess tissue will be removed with the chosen liposuction methods. The incisions will be closed once the desired aesthetic is achieved. Small tubes called drains may be placed in some incisions to help reduce the build up of excess fluids.

Recovery

After your surgery, your chest will be swollen and sensitive.

Pain medication will help control any discomfort. Avoid strenuous activities or lifting your arms above your head. Post-procedure swelling will go down over the next few weeks and a compression garment will help control the swelling. Brief walks will improve circulation and help reduce swelling.

Follow-up appointments will help Dr. Lee monitor your recovery. During these appointments, she will remove drains and clean incisions. She will also change bandages and give you a clear idea of what to expect from the rest of your recovery.

Results

You will immediately notice an improvement in your chest. Your chest will no longer have a breast-like appearance and your masculine frame will be renewed. As the swelling decreases, you will notice the significant results achieved by Dr. Lee. These results will be long-lasting and, if patients maintain a consistent weight and healthy lifestyle, will last for years!

Cost

Male breast reduction surgery costs vary between each patient. This procedure is customized to the features and goals of the individual. For an estimate call our office. For a personalized treatment and cost breakdown, schedule a consultation with Dr. Lee at (925) 299-1985.

FAQs

How do I get rid of gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia can be treated with medications. However, medications take time to reduce gynecomastia and often come with unpleasant side effects. A revolutionary way to reduce excess breast tissue and get the results you want is with cosmetic surgery. Dr. Lee can help you regain your masculine features in a single procedure! Consult with you doctor to see if medication will be necessary to treat your gynecomastia, or if your case can be corrected with breast reduction surgery alone.

Can exercise get rid of gynecomastia?

Exercise may help reduce excess tissue but often times cannot get rid of all the swollen tissue. Cosmetic surgery will reduce the unnecessary tissue and help you achieve a more defined chest. When paired with exercise, you can improve upon the surgery results and achieve your ideal body!

Can gynecomastia be reversed?

Yes. Boys who develop gynecomastia during puberty often have normalized levels of hormones after a couple of years. Hormone medications may also be used to improve hormone levels.

What is the best treatment for gynecomastia?

There is not a gynecomastia “cure” as treatment will vary based on the person. The best treatment for gynecomastia will depend on your health and the amount of swollen breast tissue. Cosmetic surgery is often a great solution for many men. However, if you have a pre-existing health condition that may hinder your healing abilities, you may need to consider medications to address your gynecomastia.