Male Breast Reduction Scottsdale Phoenix
Though enlarged breasts in men are a relatively common occurrence, their presence tends to be associated with significant mental distress, feelings of self-consciousness and insecurity. This condition, called gynecomastia, is often the result of hormonal changes from puberty. A majority of these enlargements do resolve following puberty with the stabilization of hormonal levels. Other causes of gynecomastia include:
- Steroid abuse
- Medication side effects
- Illicit drugs such as marijuana
- Hormonal imbalances such as caused by tumors
- Chronic liver disease
- Genetic disorders
No matter what the etiology of the gynecomastia, men with enlarged breasts often feel embarrassed, shamed, insecure and generally not very macho about their feminine appearing breasts. The impact is much greater particularly when occurring at a younger age versus later on in life. Simple acts such as removing one’s T shirt at a beach or pool can be extremely terrifying. Men will wear very loose fitting clothes or multiple layers even in hot weather in order to camouflage their “deformity”. The extent of the enlargements can range from being imperceptible to all but the male involved to massive, overly projecting, drooping double D or larger breasts.
- Surgical Treatment for Gynecomastia
- Recovery from Surgery for Gynecomastia
- Gynecomastia Treatment Before-and-After Photos
Examples of Gynecomastia
No matter what the etiology of the Gynecomastia, men with enlarged breasts often feel embarrassed, shamed, insecure and generally not very macho about their feminine appearing breasts.
|Mild Gynecomastia in a 16 year old male with enlargement localized to the areola area.|
|Moderate Gynecomastia in a 16 year old male|
|Severe Gynecomastia in a 14 year old male|
Surgical Treatment for Gynecomastia
The breasts in men with gynecomastia have extra fat and/or glandular tissue. With extreme enlargements, there may also be a relative excess of skin. Men who are obese may see some improvement with weight loss but this usually does not fully eradicate their problem. The definitive treatment is surgery, undergoing a breast reduction to remove the extra tissue and recontour the breasts. Ultrasonic assisted liposuction is a very effective treatment for most instances in enlarged male breasts. Direct excision of breast tissue may also be warranted.
The incision for male breast reduction surgery is placed around the lower half of the nipple but also can be placed in the crease at the bottom of the breast or in the armpit. Its length is usually around three eighths of an inch. A more extensive procedure with additional incisions is warranted if the breasts are extremely enlarged or associated with drooping and considerable skin excess.
Surgery is most often performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient. Many men also elect to combine this with other cosmetic procedures, most notably liposuction of their love handles and abdomen.
Recovery from Gynecomastia Treatment
A compressive dressing which will help to minimize bruising, discomfort and swelling is placed for one to two days. Following this, a form fitting garment is worn for approximately a week or more. Most patients can return to work or school in as little as a few days. Heavy lifting, working out and sports should be avoided for two and a half to three weeks.
Most men find the discomfort from this surgery to be fairly mild and well tolerated. A short period of taking oral pain medication is usually quite effective. (See blog: Discomfort Following Male Breast Reduction Surgery Is Usually Fairly Mild … Even For Men!)
The results of this treatment can be quite dramatic both physically and psychologically. To learn more about gynecomastia treatment, please visit our FAQs (frequently asked questions) page or schedule an appointment at our practice.
The benefits of surgery to correct gynecomastia can be quite substantial including an increased self-confidence that accompanies a more masculine configured chest.
Learn More About Gynecomastia Treatment
If you would like to learn more about gynecomastia treatment or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Turkeltaub, please contact The Arizona Center for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery today.