Male Breast Reduction Scottsdale Phoenix

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Though the overdevelopment of breast tissue in men is relatively common, the presence of enlarged male breasts can lead to notable mental distress, feelings of self-consciousness and insecurity. This condition, called gynecomastia, is often the result of hormonal changes from puberty. However, it tends to resolve for the majority of individuals once puberty is complete and hormone levels have stabilized. Some additional causes of gynecomastia are:

  • Obesity
  • Anabolic steroid use
  • Side effects of a variety of medications
  • Use of marijuana and/or other illicit drugs
  • An imbalance of hormone levels such as caused by tumors
  • Specific liver diseases
  • Hereditary disorders
  • The natural process of aging

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 severity of the condition varies from being perceived only to the male himself to being extremely large and even droopy – attaining sizes of double D’s or more.

Examples of Gynecomastia

Regardless of the cause of Gynecomastia, males who have overly large breasts often experience embarrassment, shame, insecurity and a general feeling of emasculation about appearance of their breasts.

A 16 year old male experiencing mild Gynecomastia in the areola area.*
A 16 year old male experiencing moderate Gynecomastia.*
A 14 year old male experiencing severe Gynecomastia.*

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Surgical Treatment for Gynecomastia

The breasts in males with gynecomastia possess extra fat and/or glandular tissue. With more severe enlargements, extra skin may also be present. 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 excess 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 fold below the breast or in the armpit. Its length is usually around three eighths of an inch. A more elaborate approach involving additional incisions is warranted if the breasts are extremely enlarged or associated with drooping and considerable skin excess.

Surgery is most often performed as an outpatient procedure using general anesthesia. Many men also elect have their procedure conducted in combination with other aesthetic treatments, most notably liposuction in the love handles and/or abdominal region.

Recovery from Gynecomastia Treatment

To help reduce any potential swelling, bruising or postoperative discomfort, a compressive dressing is placed around the chest for a few days. Following this, a form fitting garment is worn for approximately a week or more. Most men can resume school and non-strenuous jobs 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.

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Before-and-After Photos

The benefits of surgery to correct gynecomastia can be quite substantial including an increased self-confidence that accompanies a more masculine configured chest.

*Individual Results May Vary

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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.

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