Gynecomastia in San Diego, CA

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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.

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.

gynecomastia faq

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.

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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.

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