Being a town on the coast, Guilford patients tend to spend a lot of time at the beach. Unfortunately, this is about the last thing some men want to do because of their enlarged breasts, known as gynecomastia. Often, people condescendingly refer these as “man boobs.”
There is a great deal of misconception surrounding male breasts. Many people attribute these male breast growths to excess weight gain. While this can be the cause behind some male breast enlargement, it can also be due to a condition that is known as gynecomastia.
As a solution to gynecomastia, Dr. Price performs male breast reduction surgery. This procedure is performed to reduce enlarged male breasts, enhancing their appearance and boosting their confidence.
What is Gynecomastia?
The term gynecomastia has Greek origins and means “woman-like breasts.” The condition can affect one or both breasts, and is not rare — in fact, it has been reported that almost half of all men experience gynecomastia. Sometimes it is so subtle that many men do not notice it, and place the blame on weight gain. As a result, most of these men never take action against their condition, simply believing that it is a fault of their own.
Gynecomastia is estimated to effect three out of four teenage boys, making them the most affected demographic. During puberty, high levels of estrogen and testosterone course through their bodies, resulting in excess fatty deposits on their chests. For most young boys, gynecomastia will pass as they push past puberty, much like acne or excess body odor. Unfortunately, some men deal with enlarged breasts well into adulthood. Male breast reduction is suggested for these cases.
Symptoms of Gynecomastia
The stigma of having larger than normal breasts can really impact a man’s self-esteem, and reduction surgery can definitely improve self-image. Many cases of gynecomastia present themselves in a firm, rubbery mass directly underneath the nipple area. The area is sensitive to the touch and usually measures around two inches in diameter.
Causes of Gynecomastia
In adults, their breast enlargement usually occurs in middle age and above. Like teenagers, this is a time of fluctuating hormones. Beyond hormones, certain medications are linked to enlarged breasts as well. Below is a list of all possible influences for the development of gynecomastia in men.
- Heartburn treatment drugs
- Tricyclic antidepressants
- Anti-anxiety drugs
- AIDS treatment drugs
- Abnormal Hormone Levels
- Heaving Drinking
- Frequent Marijuana Usage
- Weight Gain
Steroids, in particular, are known to cause gynecomastia, probably due to their heavy hormone concentration.
Male Breast Reduction Surgery Candidates
Ideal candidates for gynecomastia surgery are men who are unhappy with the appearance of their enlarged breasts. This could be due to one of both sides of the chest containing excess fat deposits that have the appearance of feminine breasts. If you are suffering from low self-esteem and lack of confidence due to gynecomastia, you may be a good candidate for this procedure. Liposuction or breast reduction surgery might be advised depending on the severity of the fat, skin, and excess tissue.
Gynecomastia Surgery Procedure
In most cases, this surgery is done on an outpatient basis and with local anesthesia only. The condition is often directly tied to excess glandular tissue. Dr. Price can remove this through small incisions made either around the areola or in the armpit. This makes scarring virtually invisible. Through these small incisions, Dr. Price removes excess glandular tissue, fat, and possibly some skin. In many cases where the enlargement is mostly fat, liposuction may be all that is needed. Dr. Price can determine the best plan for your individual problem after a consultation and examination.
Male Breast Reduction Recovery
Recovery from the surgery is not difficult. Immediately after your procedure, we’ll put you in a compression garment to minimize swelling and to help the chest skin adhere to its new contour. The incisions are small and they heal relatively quickly. There will be some swelling and discomfort, but this does not last very long. You may have some loss of sensation in the area, but this usually returns.
Generally speaking, patients see obvious changes in the size of their breasts after about two weeks. After about six weeks, roughly 75 percent of the improvement is visible, while the full result may take three to six months.
Does Gynecomastia Come Back After Surgery?
In most cases of reduction surgery, we remove a majority of the breast gland. This usually precludes the same stimulation that caused the condition from reoccurring. However, steroid or drug use, or major weight gain can cause the breasts to gain size again.