As gynecomastia surgery has become increasingly more commonplace to address excessive breast tissue in male patients, so has awareness of the condition known as gynecomastia increased proportionately.
Derived from the Greek, gynecomastia means “woman-like breasts” and the male breast becomes fatty and saggy resulting in misshapen, feminine-looking breasts. It can affect many men psychologically and socially as they feel self-conscious about the size of their breasts and their chests. They avoid wearing certain types of shirts or specific places like the gym or the beach.
Gynecomastia is the enlargement of the glandular tissues often responsible for enlarged breasts in males and overweight patients with a fair amount of fatty tissue. It is important to understand that fatty tissue and true gynecomastia, caused by the enlargement of the mammary glands, are not the same.
Medicine has not been able to pinpoint a single cause for gynecomastia but research points to a wide range of possible factors. The most likely culprit is a hormonal imbalance in which estrogens and androgens are out of proportion. Some of the proposed triggers can include medications, recreational drug abuse, thyroid, liver, and kidney conditions, and even the use of several herbal substances like lavender and tea tree oil.
The onset of gynecomastia may have no other symptoms or disorders and can start in infancy, late puberty, middle-aged, and older men. Gynecomastia is more likely to develop during the teenage years or after the age of 50. Some of the factors that can create an enlargement of the male breast can include drinking too much alcohol, cancer in the adrenal or pituitary glands, drugs like amphetamines, heroin, and marijuana, hormone imbalances, kidney failure, the development of a liver disease, medications that can cause hormonal imbalances, obesity (more vulnerable to producing more estrogen), puberty, steroid use, and a problem with a thyroid issue.
While the medical industry has introduced several medications to treat gynecomastia, doctors agree that the most efficient way to address the symptoms of gynecomastia is through surgical breast reduction known as gynecomastia surgery.
Since the tissues are the same in men and women, gynecomastia surgery is essentially a simple male breast reduction. This is good news for male patients: it means surgery is far less complicated because the function of the mammary glands is of no concern and male patients typically display far less glandular tissue than female patients.
Gynecomastia surgery can be performed under local anesthesia depending on the extent of the surgery providing safe, fast and easy surgery. During your Beverly Hills gynecomastia surgery consultation, Dr. Ordon and Dr. Chopra will provide details of the type of anesthesia to be used and what will be involved in the procedures. The procedure can take between one to three hours depending on the extent of correction and if using liposuction, a more traditional surgical excision, or both.
Liposuction can take care of fatty tissue and remove unwanted localized deposits of fat cells from your body. A cannula is inserted through a small incision to take out excess fat cells and reshape your chest into a more masculine contour.
A more traditional surgical excision involves an incision on the edge of the areola or in the underarm area. This option is effective for a glandular disorder and may also include liposuction. Excess glandular tissue, fat and skin is removed from the chest to provide a smooth and slimmer shape.
During gynecomastia surgery, excess breast tissue and fatty tissue will be removed with excess skin trimmed away and the nipple re-centered if necessary.
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Here are some of the great reasons why getting a male breast reduction will transform your life:
If you feel self-conscious about the size of your chest, especially your breasts, you are a good candidate for gynecomastia surgery. You should be in good physical health with a stable weight and be a non-smoker and non-drug user.
You can expect long-lasting results after the removal of excess breast tissue as long as you maintain a stable weight and a healthy lifestyle of exercise and diet.
Our gynecomastia surgery in Beverly Hills is an outpatient procedure. A full recovery can take several months but patients are often able to resume normal and non-strenuous work and activities in one or two weeks. Keep in mind every individual recovers differently depending on which option is chosen for the procedure and his current health condition. Liposuction has a shorter recovery time than a tissue excision procedure.
You may need drains for a few days after the excision. Wearing a compression garment for a couple of weeks will help decrease bruising and swelling. That's when your chest will appear flatter and slimmer. On average, our Beverly Hills gynecomastia surgery patients take about six weeks to return to their normal routine. Avoid strenuous exercises for at least two weeks.
During your consultation, Beverly Hills plastic surgeons Dr. Ordon and Dr. Chopra will go over the details of your gynecomastia procedure, what you can expect from it, review your health history, and make a physical examination. We may show you before and after photos of male breast reduction and some of the fantastic results we've achieved.
Patients who are interested in any form of male breast reduction should contact Dr. Andrew Ordon and Dr. Ritu Chopra, who are among the top providers of male breast reduction Beverly Hills has to offer, to schedule a personal one-on-one consultation by contacting us through our contact page or calling 310.248.6250.
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