Gynecomastia is the medical term for male breast enlargement. It is a condition that can produce a female-like chest due to the increase of growing breast tissue. In many cases, gynecomastia is caused by an underlying hormonal problem. This condition can also be caused by certain drugs, steroids, weight gain, or genetics. Men with this issue often feel self-conscious, most commonly in circumstances where the chest is exposed, such as by the pool or in the gym. Houston, TX cosmetic surgeon Dr. Marcos Ikeda offers surgical breast reduction for men who have gynecomastia. This surgery has a very high success rate. It is known as one of the more popular cosmetic treatments for men at Houston Galleria Surgery & Medspa.
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Gynecomastia Ideal Candidates
Male breast reduction treatment is a procedure for men with overly sized breasts that cannot be treated with medications or diet. If you feel bothered by the size and shape of your chest (but you're healthy and at a good weight), you may benefit from male breast reduction surgery by Dr. Marcos at Houston Galleria Surgery & Medspa. Adolescent teens may also benefit from gynecomastia surgery; however, an additional procedure may be needed later during adulthood if excess breast tissue continues to develop. During your first appointment with Dr. Marcos, treatment options will be provided and may include the chances of moving forward with surgery to repair the condition.
Gynecomastia Surgical Technique
A form of liposuction is generally utilized during male breast reduction surgery. While you are under general anesthesia, liposuction helps eliminate excess fat tissue from the chest wall. Next, any lax skin will be carefully trimmed away to create a taut appearance, and then the nipple area and surrounding areola will be placed into a proportionate position. In most cases, this treatment strategy requires a small incision in proximity to where the glandular tissue has formed. Once the fat and loose skin have been appropriately handled, Dr. Marcos will pull together the remaining skin.
What To Expect with Gynecomastia
At the conclusion of your gynecomastia treatment, the chest will be supported with a medical garment to help control swelling, bleeding, and bruising. In advanced cases where a more intricate approach was used, a drainage tube may be properly positioned to assist with fluid. The results following this procedure are immediately visible and most patients are extremely excited with the physical change. The incisions made during surgery take time to heal and scarring is usually barely visible. With your enhanced chest, you can get medical clearance from Dr. Marcos to incorporate exercise and strength training, which will help accentuate the surgical results.
Gynecomastia Frequently Asked Questions
How much does male breast reduction cost?
Gynecomastia is a medical issue that requires a skilled surgeon. This is why Dr. Marcos urges you to focus on getting quality results over costs. To make your surgery easier to afford, Houston Galleria Surgery & Medspa accepts many payment methods and we can also help you find low-interest financing. While male breast reduction is generally not covered by insurance, it is worth talking to your provider to confirm.
What causes gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is caused by a disruption in hormone balance. In most cases, gynecomastia is linked to the use of anabolic steroids or androgens. It can also be caused by using illegal drugs, like heroin and marijuana. Gynecomastia may also be caused by certain health conditions (hypogonadism, hyperthyroidism, and tumors), plus some medications (highly active antiretroviral therapy for AIDS, anti-anxiety medications, and chemotherapy).
How can I tell if I have gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is excess breast tissue growth in the male chest, which may cause swelling, pain, and tenderness. Some men may have false gynecomastia (also known as pseudogynecomastia) so Dr. Marcos encourages patients to lose weight with a healthy diet and exercise before seeking treatment for gynecomastia. If you have enlarged breasts at a healthy weight, Dr. Marcos can perform an examination and tests to diagnosis gynecomastia. This may include blood tests, a mammogram, or a biopsy to rule out other conditions, like breast cancer and mastitis (infection of the breast tissue).
Can gynecomastia be treated with exercise or pills?
The most effective treatment for gynecomastia is male breast reduction surgery. Currently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved any medications to treat gynecomastia. While they are not approved for gynecomastia, some breast cancer medications (Tamoxifen or Raloxifene) may have limited effects. Strength training to build the pectoral muscles cannot reduce the amount of breast tissue and may make the breasts appear larger.
Will this fix puffy or pointy nipples?
Puffy or pointy nipples may be caused by glandular gynecomastia. If this is a concern for you, please talk to Dr. Marcos during your consultation. He will customize your treatment plan to use the best technique and incision pattern to correct your nipples. Large areolas can also be reduced during male breast reduction surgery. It's important that you be honest with Dr. Marcos about your needs and goals in your consultation so he can ensure the results you want.
Restore your Masculine Chest
If you suffer from the effects of gynecomastia, we welcome you to call our office to schedule a one-on-one private consultation with Dr. Marcos to learn more about our male breast reduction surgery at Houston Galleria Surgery & Medspa. After treatment for gynecomastia (male breast enlargement), you can stop covering up your chest at the gym and pool. We have assisted so many Houston, TX men and have enjoyed watching them reestablish their self-esteem.