Gynecomastia is the result of an imbalance in the hormones testosterone and estrogen, specifically decreased testosterone in comparison to estrogen.
Gynecomastia often accompanies natural hormonal changes, such as those of puberty or middle-age. It may also be triggered by medications that include anti-androgens, anabolic steroids, anti-anxiety drugs, tricyclic antidepressants and some antibiotics. It is also believed that abuse or heavy routine consumption of drugs including alcohol, amphetamines, marijuana and methadone can contribute to gynecomastia.
The condition can affect one or both breasts, and even when it impacts both breasts, the breasts may appear uneven. Because there are other, more serious ailments—including an infection of the breast tissue known as mastitis and male breast cancer—that cause symptoms similar to those of gynecomastia, it’s a good idea to talk with a doctor if the condition persists or is accompanied by tenderness, pain or discharge from the nipples.
The Male Breast Reduction Procedure
Surgical correction for gynecomastia is tailored to the individual based on factors including physique, the extent of breast enlargement, and the amount and elasticity of the breast tissue.
Male breast reduction often relies on liposuction to remove excess fatty tissue. Those who have significant breast gland tissue may benefit from a form of mastectomy, in which the gland tissue is removed, typically through an endoscopic procedure that uses tiny incisions.
Benefits of Gynecomastia Surgery
Although gynecomastia is not a serious medical concern, correcting it can have a number of advantages, including:
- Improved self-confidence: Gynecomastia is often outwardly visible, and it can cause embarrassment and feelings of self-consciousness
- A natural appearance: Male breast reduction eliminates the excess tissue that swell the breasts, and restores proportion and balance to the chest region
- Pain elimination: Gynecomastia that doesn’t resolve on its own may lead to discomfort in the breasts and chafing of the tissue around the breasts
Gynecomastia is performed on an outpatient basis and provides instant results, though there will be temporary swelling, bruising and minor discomfort. Your plastic surgeon and our team will guide you through the recovery process.
To learn more or schedule your personal consultation with with one of our plastic surgeons at Precision Medical Arts, please contact us today.