What Is Gynecomastia and How Is It Treated?
Gynecomastia is not a term you hear daily but is, in fact, a very common condition experienced by men. Gynecomastia is the condition of enlarged male breasts, which creates the appearance of a feminine chest due to abnormally growing breast tissue. Male breast reduction surgery to treat gynecomastia is ranked as the 10th most common plastic surgery procedure to help men reduce male breast tissue when struggling with large breasts. If you are male concerned about having large breasts for your gender you are not alone. A 2014 study showed that over 30% of men in the United States experience gynecomastia over a lifetime and no matter who you are it can be an embarrassing condition. Male breast reduction surgeries are on the rise and leading plastic surgery experts like Dr. Jaime Schwartz can help.
Located in Beverly Hills, CA, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jaime Schwartz is one of the top cosmetic experts in the country, with an extensive surgical and medical background. Dr. Schwartz is dedicated to helping men who are dealing with gynecomastia in order for them to regain confidence in their appearance and feel more masculine once again. Here is helpful information on this male condition and how Dr. Schwartz can provide a surgical solution to patients hindered by this issue.
What is gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is a condition in males that leads to overdeveloped breasts that can occur at any age. Enlarged breasts for males can be the result of genetics, obesity, changes in hormones, and even certain drug use. Often this feminine appearance to a man's chest can cause emotional stress leading men to avoid social and intimate situations. This condition of excessive breast tissue or fat can be localized to one (unilaterally) breast or both (bilaterally) breasts.
What causes gynecomastia?
The primary symptom of gynecomastia is enlarged male breasts. Other symptoms can be nipple tenderness, sensitivity, or change in nipple texture. In most cases, this condition is a result of a hormonal imbalance when a male's hormones are lower than the female levels in the body. Every male and female have both male hormones (androgens) and female hormones (estrogens) so when they become off balance it can cause conditions like gynecomastia. Other causes of gynecomastia are being overweight, and the use of certain drugs like marijuana and excessive alcohol usage. Even medications for medical conditions like high blood pressure and some antibiotics have shown to cause gynecomastia in males. So, when should a male seek help?
The surgical solution
Healthy men within their ideal weight who have enlarged breasts that have taken on an almost feminine appearance are prime candidates. To rule out any other causes and determine if a male patient has gynecomastia seeking medical advice is key. In most cases, men in the Beverly Hills area will need a surgical breast reduction to eliminate their enlarged breasts. After a thorough examination with Dr. Schwartz, it can be determined what surgical steps need to be taken to help men embarrassed by this issue. As long as male candidates are healthy, nonsmokers, and non-drug users with realistic expectations, this breast reduction surgery can be a highly-successful procedure toward getting their self-confidence back.
The male breast reduction procedure
A male breast reduction performed by Dr. Schwartz can eliminate the embarrassing condition of gynecomastia that often diminishes a man's confidence. In severe cases, a surgical procedure is necessary to reduce the size of his breasts, restoring a man's confidence and helping him feel better about how he looks. Dr. Schwartz performs the procedure with his patented Schwartz Rapid Recovery technique, which uses a gentler form of general anesthesia called TIVA that allows patients an easier recovery. Dr. Schwartz will place an incision around the areola or under the armpit to remove excess breast tissue. Dr. Schwartz can even resize the areola and nipple area to be smaller and more masculine if they have been stretched out due to breast enlargement. In less severe cases, Dr. Schwartz may determine it is only necessary to use liposuction to remove small pockets of fat and tissue and contour the chest area.
Recover and results of male breast reduction surgery
This same-day surgery has a high success rate and is fairly straightforward with limited postoperative pain. Male patients can typically return to work in a week and regular activities within a few weeks once cleared by Dr. Schwartz. Male patients get instant results with this procedure and once the postoperative swelling starts to recede by the second week, they can start enjoying their new, more masculine look. This surgical help can be a permanent solution for men struggling with gynecomastia as long as their ideal weight is maintained and there is no hormone or steroid use after surgery. After male breast reduction surgery, men experience a number of benefits including:
- Restored confidence in his appearance
- A feeling of being more masculine
- Correction of poor posture from hunching over or trying to cover up enlarged breasts
- More clothing options, or freedom to show off their chest at the pool or gym
- A return to enjoying sports or participating in other physical activities
Male patients in Beverly Hills, CA who are concerned about their chest and enlarged breasts now have hope in dealing with the condition of gynecomastia. Dr. Jaime Schwartz is a leading expert and well-renown plastic surgeon who is determined to build a high level of trust and give each of his male patients the help they need to restore confidence in their appearance. During a personalized consultation, Dr. Schwartz will determine the severity of your gynecomastia condition and devise a surgical plan to give you the masculine chest you seek. If you are concerned you may have gynecomastia, contact Dr. Schwartz's Beverly Hills, CA office and schedule a consultation today.