Gynecomastia is the medical term for enlarged male breasts. It is quite common for teenagers going through puberty to experience this condition. For most young men, it goes away on its own by the age of 21. Adult males who have gynecomastia are rarely able to get rid of it on their own with medications, working out, and dieting. The main causes of gynecomastia are hormone imbalances, steroids, marijuana use, and some types of medications. Gynecomastia can happen in one or both breasts, and sometimes it can be uneven. Most adult men who suffer from gynecomastia feel helpless about their condition.
The good news is that gynecomastia can go away. The majority of adolescent boys who experience enlarged breasts will see it subside as they reach adulthood. Men with fatty gynecomastia may see an improvement with weight loss and exercise. Most gynecomastia consists of excess fibrous breast tissue which will not respond to DIY methods. This type of gynecomastia will go away completely and permanently with male breast reduction surgery. It is important to caution the importance of choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon who is highly experienced with gynecomastia. The rate of dissatisfaction is quite high when surgery is performed by an unqualified surgeon. This is because they typically resort to only using liposuction. This technique will only get rid of fat, not breast tissue.
How to Treat Gynecomastia
For persistent gynecomastia, male breast reduction surgery is a proven method for getting rid of enlarged male breasts permanently. When performed by an expert gynecomastia surgeon, various techniques are used to address the different types of gynecomastia. The goal of surgery is to flatten the chest and create more masculine contours. Fatty tissue is removed with liposuction and breast tissue is removed through careful excision. If loose skin is present, skin tightening will also be performed.
- Type 1: There is excess tissue under the nipple/areola area only. The lateral chest fold is tight and straight.
- Type 2: Breast tissue extends over chest fold. The lateral chest fold is tight and rounded.
- Type 3: Breast tissue extends overfold. The lateral chest fold has mild laxity and is horizontal.
- Type 4: The breast tissue extends into the axilla. The lateral chest fold is a small breast roll in front of the armpit.
- Type 5: The breast tissue extends in the axilla. The lateral chest fold is a breast role that extends to the back of armpit.
- Type 6: Breast tissue extends in the axilla. The lateral chest fold is a breast roll that extends around to the back.
Your ideal look will be discussed during your consultation with Dr. Cruise to ensure you are both on the same page with the end result you are trying to achieve.
Most mild to moderate gynecomastia can be performed under local anesthesia. Dr. Cruise has a dedicated in-office surgical suite for his gynecomastia patients. General anesthesia is also available for more severe cases or for men who prefer to be put completely under when having surgery.
With over 10 years of experience specializing in gynecomastia, patients can expect unparalleled surgical excellence from Dr. Cruise.
Causes of Gynecomastia:
There are a variety of reasons that men can get gynecomastia. The most common is hormone imbalance, where too much estrogen is produced. This is common for adolescents and can go away in a couple of years from onset. Other causes of gynecomastia are:
- Excess body fat
- Anabolic Steroid Use
- Certain Medications
- Certain Medical Issues
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Gynecomastia is a condition that is treatable. There is no reason to live worrying about the appearance of your chest. No more hiding behind baggy clothing. No more insecurity in intimate situations. No more wearing a shirt at the pool or beach.
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