Gynecomastia is the medical term for abnormally enlarged male breasts. It is a condition that can produce abnormal appearance or the chest due to the increase of growing breast tissue and fat. There area many cases of gynecomastia, including underlying hormonal imbalance, steroids, weight gain, genetics or side effects of certain drugs. Men with this issue often feel embarrassed, particularly, in circumstances where the chest is exposed, such as by the pool or in the gym. Newburyport, MA plastic surgeon Dr. Michele Sasmor offers surgical breast reduction for men who have gynecomastia. This surgery has a very high success rate of improving the male chest contour and overall confidence.
Male breast reduction treatment is a procedure for men with oversized breasts that cannot be treated with medications or diet. If you are embarrassed 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. Sasmor at RiverSong Plastic Surgery. 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. Sasmor, treatment options will be provided and may include the chances of moving forward with surgery to repair the condition.
A form of liposuction is usually utilized during male breast reduction surgery. While you are under general anesthesia, liposuction helps eliminate excess fat tissue from the chest wall. Some underlying breast tissue will also be removed. Lax skin will be addressed to create a flatter appearance of the breast, and 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. Sasmor will pull together the remaining skin.
What To Expect
At the conclusion of your gynecomastia treatment, the chest will be supported with a medical garment to help minimize swelling, bleeding, and bruising. In advanced cases where a more intricate approach was used, a drainage tube may be placed to assist with fluid drainage. The results following this procedure are immediately visible and most patients are extremely excited about the physical change. The incisions made during surgery take time to heal and scarring is usually barely visible. Once healed,you will get medical clearance from Dr. Sasmor to incorporate exercise and strength training, which will help accentuate the surgical results.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does male breast reduction cost?
Gynecomastia is a medical issue that requires a skilled surgeon. This is why Dr. Sasmor urges you to focus on getting quality results over costs. To make your surgery easier to afford, RiverSong Plastic Surgery accepts many payment methods and can 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. The cost of the procedure, OR and anesthesia will be discussed at your consult appointment.
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). Significant weight gain can also cause gynecomastia.
How can I tell if I have gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is excess breast tissue growth in the male chest, which may cause swelling, tenderness, and pain. Some men may have false gynecomastia (also known as pseudogynecomastia) so Dr. Sasmor 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. Sasmor can perform an examination and tests to diagnosis gynecomastia. This may include blood tests, a mammogram, or a biopsy to rule out other conditions.
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. 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. Sasmor during your consultation. She 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 to be honest with Dr. Sasmor about your needs and goals in your consultation so she 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. Sasmor to learn more about our male breast reduction surgery at RiverSong Plastic Surgery. After treatment for gynecomastia (male breast enlargement), you can stop covering up your chest at the gym and pool. We have assisted so many Newburyport, MA men and have enjoyed watching them reestablish their self-esteem.