what is Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is the medical term that refers to male breast enlargement. This condition is one that can result in a feminine chest due to the abnormal growth of breast tissue. Although the causes aren't always known, gynecomastia can occur as a result of an unknown hormonal condition. Other factors that can lead to the development of gynecomastia are certain medications, steroids, major weight gain or loss, or genetics. Men with this condition generally feel anxious and embarrassed with their body, especially in situations where the chest area is put on display, like at the beach, pool, or gym. To reduce the size of your enlarged male breasts and improve your self-esteem, San Diego, CA plastic surgeon Dr. Steve Laverson performs cosmetic breast treatment for men who suffer from gynecomastia. This cosmetic treatment has incredibly high success and satisfaction rates. In fact, it's one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries for men at San Diego Cosmetic Clinic.
"Feel Beautiful is an amazing clinic consisting of kind-hearted people from the moment you enter & through & after the end of all your procedures. I had a great experience with Dr. Laverson who did my breast augmentation & I could not be happier with my results. He took the time to make sure I was sure about exactly what I wanted & provided me with great knowledge. Cherise at the front desk is so sweet & Kourtney is wonderful, too. Thank you for my wholesome experience! (:"- D.S. / Google / Apr 08, 2022
"Dr. Laverson exceeded my expectations. He truly cares about you and your results. He is a dedicated, thoughtful, and compassionate Dr. Upon entering the medical office, the staff was kind and welcoming. Dr. Laverson took the time to answer all of my questions. He properly informed me about my procedure including pre-op, surgery and post-op. After my surgery, Dr. Laverson also followed up to ensure I was on a good road to recovery. Dr. Laverson and Courtney's professionalism, dedication and hard work made this whole process wonderful experience! They were also very easy to get a hold of and have questions answered right away.Dr. Laverson is incredible and I would highly recommend Feel Beautiful San Diego Cosmetic Clinic to anyone looking for an exceptional Dr. and staff."- I.I. / Google / Mar 29, 2022
"Dr laverson is an amazing doctor. He’s professional, respectful & caring of his patients. He’s professional but not where you are scared to ask questions. He will give you his doctor opinion and consider what you are asking for. What I appreciate about dr laverson is he’s not money hungry. He’s not gonna say yes you because he wants your money. He has realistic expectations and tells you what they are. And the after care is exceptional from him and his staff. 5 stars for Feel Beautiful & Dr Laverson !"- M.B. / Google / Mar 29, 2022
"6 weeks post op - happy with my results so far - From my initial consult with Dr Laverson I knew I was going to choose him as my surgeon. I had consulted with multiple plastic surgeons before my consult at Feel Beautiful and Dr Laverson put me the most at ease and I was most comfortable with the treatment plan he suggested. I thought I had an idea of what he would suggest because of my other consults (under the muscle implants and an anchor or lollipop lift and a tummy tuck, or extended tummy tuck as one dr suggested, muscle repair and lipo) but Dr Laverson was the first dr to recommend less invasive procedures. He recommended over the muscle implants and a donut lift, a tummy tuck and muscle repair but did not recommend lipo. This sealed the deal for me because it was obvious he didnt just care about selling more procedures but cared more about his patients and their recovery and results. After I scheduled my surgery everyone at Feel Beautiful was amazing and helpful whenever I called with any questions. At my pre op Dr Laverson went over all the aspects of my surgery( donut lift and 415cc mod+ implants over the muscle and a tummy tuck and muscle repair) and I was able to ask any questions I had. At my pre op I picked implants but a few days later I called because I had changed my mind about size and this was not a big deal at all. The morning of my surgery everything went smoothly and all the other nurses and staff who I met for the first time that morning were all great. My recovery has been smooth so far and any issues I have had Dr Laverson has responded to quickly and had me come in if he felt it was necessary just to be safe. I have spoken to several other of his patients who have all said that he is quick to address any issues that come up and although I was already happy with my choice this gave me extra reassurance about my choice.I am currently 6 weeks post op and while I am happy with my results so far I will wait to post photos until I am further along in my recovery and not so swollen anymore. I would 100% suggest Dr Laveron without any reservations to anyone considering cosmetic surgery."- T. / RealSelf / Feb 23, 2022
"Over a year since surgery - tummy is gorgeous - After consultations with several other doctors I met Dr. Laverson and I knew immediately that I would trust him with my tummy tuck. He listened, did not try to upsell to more extensive procedures (as both previous surgeons had done), was very thorough and meticulous, set realistic expectations, supported me during every step of the process, had a really fantastic staff (Kourtney is amazing) and he's absolutely masterful at his art. It's been over a year since my surgery and I couldn't be happier with the finished product. My tummy is gorgeous!"- R. / RealSelf / Jan 27, 2022
am i a candidate for gynecomastia surgery?
Gynecomastia surgery is performed for men with visible excess breast tissue that cannot be corrected with diet and exercise alone. If you feel frustrated with the look of your chest, but you're at or near a healthy weight, then you could possibly benefit from this surgery. Male teens can also achieve impressive outcomes from gynecomastia treatment; however, a future procedure may be necessary later in life if new breast tissue continues to grow. During your initial consultation, Dr. Laverson will discuss all of your options in detail. Often, the best treatment for gynecomastia is surgical breast reduction as it is the most effective and long-lasting.
how is gynecomastia surgery performed?
Fat removal methods are typically performed during gynecomastia surgery. While the patient is under general anesthesia, liposuction will be employed to remove excess fat from the internal chest region. Afterward, any loose or wrinkled skin will be excised to produce a tighter look. The nipple may also be surgically reshaped and repositioned for better placement. For most men, this technique requires an incision near the glandular tissue. After the pockets of fat and excess skin have been addressed, Dr. Laverson will tighten the remaining skin.
how long is recovery after gynecomastia surgery?
After your gynecomastia surgery, the chest will be wrapped with a compression bandage to help eliminate swelling. For complex cases where a more invasive technique was used, a small tube for draining may be inserted to assist with fluid drainage. Your outcomes following gynecomastia treatment will be noticed almost immediately, and most men are extremely pleased with the cosmetic improvement. Any incisions made during this procedure take a few weeks to heal, and any scars left behind are barely seen. Once you have healed fully from your procedure, you may get clearance from Dr. Laverson to begin weight training, which could help to further enhance the look of your new masculine chest. Your results from male breast reduction should last for many years.
What causes gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia develops in men when there is an imbalance in the hormones. Gynecomastia might also be triggered by some medical conditions (such as hyperthyroidism, hypogonadism, and tumors), as well as some medications (like highly active antiretroviral therapy for AIDS, chemotherapy, and anti-anxiety medications).
How can I tell if I have gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is characterized by an overgrowth of breast tissue in the chest, which can cause tenderness, swelling, and pain. Some men may have pseudogynecomastia (false gynecomastia) so Dr. Laverson suggests patients to try to lose weight by following an exercise plan and a healthy diet before considering surgery. If you still have excess breast tissue when you are at a healthy weight, Dr. Laverson will perform a physical exam and make a determination based on his observations.
Can gynecomastia be treated with exercise or pills?
Male breast reduction surgery is the most effective treatment for gynecomastia. Currently, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) hasn't approved any medications for the treatment of gynecomastia. Upper body weight training to increase the pectoral muscles will not reduce the excess breast tissue and could even make the breasts look bigger.
Will this fix puffy or pointy nipples?
Glandular gynecomastia can cause puffy or pointy nipples. If you are concerned about this, be sure to tell Dr. Laverson during your consultation. He will personalize your surgical plan by selecting the best incision pattern and technique to improve the look of your nipples. Oversized areolas may also be corrected in surgery for gynecomastia. It is crucial to be open and honest with Dr. Laverson about all of your concerns and wants so he can design a treatment plan that delivers the results you want.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 1 – 2 weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 3 hours
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Get a more defined, masculine look
If you are frustrated with the side effects of male breast enlargement (gynecomastia), we invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Laverson and learn about male breast reduction surgery at the San Diego Cosmetic Clinic. Once you've had treatment for gynecomastia, you'll no longer feel the need to hide your chest at the beach or the gym. Dr. Laverson has helped many San Diego, CA men regain their self-confidence with this life-changing procedure that produces lasting results.