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.
"Best people, best surgeon! And he’s a REAL, board certified, residency-trained plastic surgeon. Go to someone you can trust, like Dr Laverson! Sensitive to patient needs, kind, extremely knowledgeable & professional who wants the best, most natural results for all his patients."- S.B. / Google / Sep 14, 2019
"I must start by saying that I very rarely write reviews. But I recently recalled my experience with Dr. Laverson, and felt compelled to leave a long-overdue review that he truly earned. My situation was also quite different from most of his typical work, so I hope this also attests to his wide-ranging surgical skill. A couple of years ago I was involved in a bad motorcycle accident and wound up at Palomar Hospital. According to my family, doctors, and nurses, my face was pretty much smashed to bits and looked extremely gruesome. Some parts of my face were even missing. Anyway, Dr. Laverson was the on-call plastic surgeon that night. Once the E.R. doctors had gotten me stable, he had the impossible task of trying to fix my Freddy Krueger face by looking at an old picture of me on my fiance’s cell phone. Or at least it should’ve been impossible based on how bad my condition was...Fast forward a day or two, after my swelling from the surgery had gone down in order to see the results, my family and some coworkers came in to see. NONE of them could tell a difference from before the accident, including the coworkers who hadn’t seen my smashed face. Somehow, some way, Dr. Laverson was able to use plates, grafts, and whatever other tools and tricks in his brilliant surgical mind to make me look IDENTICAL to how I looked before splattering multiple pieces of my face on the side of a road. Shortly after my family, friends, and coworkers visited, Dr. Laverson himself visited as well to observe the post-swelling results, see how I was feeling, and to follow up on all the medical stuff he knew to look out for. He even asked my family and I if there was anything out of place, or changes we’d like to make, since he was happy to do another surgery to get everything exactly right. Because everything was already perfect I didn’t do another surgery, but his offer, his following up with me, and his sincere concern for my well being was absolutely amazing.There is only one last detail I want to mention, but it speaks volumes for Dr. Laverson’s outstanding character and genuine desire to help people feel beautiful and be happy with their looks. Since this was in the emergency room at the hospital, not only was it different than his usual surgeries by its type and difficulty, but the emergency was also paid for by my medical insurance. In the medical profession, this often means a significant pay-cut for the doctor from what they would normally charge. I don’t know if my surgery wound up being one of those times for Dr. Laverson, but I do know that he did a spectacular job given my horrendous condition, all while cancelling his Friday evening plans, and likely earning less than usual as well. I hope this review helps prove to potential customers that Dr. Laverson is a caring and outstandingly skilled surgeon, and to put anyone’s mind at ease that may be nervous or unsure about plastic surgery. And lastly, Dr. Laverson, I want to personally thank you for everything outlined above. I know there is no way I can ever really reciprocate what you did for me, but I hope this review can at least help show people and spread the word that you are an absolutely amazing person and professional."- D.S. / Google / Jun 11, 2019
"Dr. Laverson is incredibly thorough and passionate about his work. He answered all of my questions prior to my breast augmentation and tummy tuck. Following my procedure, Dr. Laverson went above and beyond during my follow up appointment to ensure I get the best results. Office staff is very welcoming, and they even called to check up on me after my procedure. I feel like a new woman, and I’m more confident than I have ever been. I recommend Feel Beautiful to anyone considering having an aesthetic procedure."- J.C. / Google / Mar 17, 2019
"I recently visited Dr Laverson for my Botox injections. His office is absolutely stunning! He was very thorough in explaining his methods and the procedure. We discussed what look I wanted and decided what areas to focus on. He did a perfect job! I definitely “feel beautiful” ! I can’t wait to see future results and try other procedures. Thank you!!"- T.N. / Facebook / Feb 25, 2019
"Dr Laverson is an amazing surgeon. I had such a wonderful experience and I am so grateful I found him. The staff is professional and the customer service is the best EVER. I highly recommend Feel Beautiful to anyone looking for the best plastic surgeon in San Diego and an amazing staff. Thank you guys!"- M.J. / Google / Feb 17, 2019
Gynecomastia Ideal Candidates
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.
Gynecomastia Surgical Technique
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.
What To Expect with Gynecomastia
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 Frequently Asked Questions
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
- Procedure Recovery Location
Restore your Masculine Chest
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.