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Gynecomastia

Gynecomastia is a condition where men develop male breasts due to the malfunction of the endocrine system. It is noticed among boys who are hitting puberty; almost 70% of boys at this age experience this condition.

Sometimes, temporary gynecomastia is experienced by newborns and teenage boys due to hormonal changes and the influence of maternal hormones. It reduces on its own within two years as the effects of hormones wear off. Overactive thyroid glands can also cause gynecomastia.

In adults, gynecomastia is caused due to imbalances in hormone levels. When the endocrine system malfunctions and produces abnormal quantities of androgen and estrogen, gynecomastia develops. The male body needs to have a specific ratio of androgen to estrogen hormones. A variation in this results in the condition.

Though male breasts are not painful, they may sometimes be caused due to the effects of certain underlying problems such as testicular cancer. They can cause self-esteem issues and hinder self-confidence.

Scheduling Your Consultation

For more information on gynecomastia, male breast reduction surgery, and your options, contact Spectrum Plastic Surgery by calling (480) 948-8400 and schedule an informative consultation.

 

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Methods of Reducing Male Breasts

If the severity is lower in degree, as in the case of adolescence, gynecomastia can be corrected by maintaining a proper exercise. The size of male breasts can gradually reduce with regular exercise and a reduction of the effects of hormones.

However, neither of these methods guarantees male breast reduction. If you have tried these methods without success, male breast reduction is an excellent and effective option. One should be physically and mentally fit before coming in for surgery, and this will be determined in advance by the doctor during a consultation.

Methods of Reducing Male Breasts

Male Breast Reduction Surgery

Gynecomastia can be treated with the help of surgical treatments like liposuction and tissue excision, contouring the chest for a more masculine look. In some cases, a combination of these two procedures is used. The choice of which technique should be used is based on the amount of excess fat and excess glandular tissue in the breast.

Liposuction involves the removal of excess fat from the chest area through a cannula.

Tissue excision involves the creation of an incision on the lower part of the areola. The excess glandular breast tissue is removed using a scalpel. The excess skin is removed, and the remaining skin is tightened. At the end of the procedure, the incisions are closed with the help of stitches.

The Recovery Process

After surgery, care should be taken to avoid any damage to the operated area. Any pain experienced can be treated with the help of medication. The doctor will recommend that the patient wear a compression garment over the chest area in order to avoid swelling and to shape the chest area properly. Results can be seen within three months from the surgery, after the swelling has reduced.

 

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