The embarrassment that comes with overly pronounced male breasts can place considerable strain on a man’s mental health and emotional well-being. The medical condition is known as gynecomastia. “Man boobs” do not pose a health risk in and of themselves. However, in addition to an emotional burden, overdeveloped breast tissue in men is indicative of an underlying hormonal imbalance. If you are a fully mature adult male of a stable, healthy weight that is suffering with gynecomastia, surgery may be your best solution.
Tehrani Plastic Surgery can help you to reclaim your masculine physique with a male breast reduction procedure. Inquire with us to see if you qualify for gynecomastia surgery in Southern California. Call (760) 240-2444.
- 1 About
- 2 Qualified Candidates for Gynecomastia Surgery
- 3 Do I Qualify for Male Breast Reduction?
- 4 Your Personal Consultation With Dr. Tehrani
- 5 A Simple Procedure
- 6 Gynecomastia Surgery Step-by-Step
- 7 The Road to Recovery
- 8 What Can I Expect During My Gynecomastia Surgery Recovery?
- 9 Stunning Results
- 10 What Can I Expect From Male Breast Reduction?
- 11 What Does Male Breast Reduction Cost in La Jolla & Apple Valley?
- 12 FAQ
- 13 References
Excess male breast development is called gynecomastia. This condition may occur in men due to a variety of causes including weight gain or loss, use of certain drugs (like hormones or steroids), fatty tumors, genetic predisposition or hormonal imbalances. In cases where there is one-sided, asymmetrical enlargement, medical testing may be necessary prior to considering surgical treatment.
Treatment for gynecomastia may include either conventional or laser-assisted liposculpture. You may also require direct excision of the excess breast tissue. Dr. Tehrani can cleverly conceal your surgical scars in the breast folds and around the areolas. The choice of techniques is individually determined and depends on the size of the breast tissue.
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Does Gynecomastia Go Away on Its Own?
There are several factors behind the appearance of male breasts. How, when and under what conditions they appear also play a role in how likely they are to go away on their own.
In many cases, gynecomastia in men is a result of a hormonal imbalance. Newborn infants and adolescent boys may temporarily experience these imbalances as they go through certain periods in their sexual development. This is the cause of physiologic gynecomastia. Physiologic gynecomastia is usually self-correcting as the child’s hormones strike a new balance in the developing male. 75% of gynecomastia cases in puberty will fade away within two years.
Non-physiologic gynecomastia occurs in older, physically mature men and may require surgery to correct. 70% of men from 50 to 69 years old suffer from gynecomastia and its attendant psychological difficulties, such as shame and low self-esteem.
Please be aware that gynecomastia is not harmful per se, but it may indicate more serious underlying conditions, such as testicular cancer.
Qualified Candidates for Gynecomastia Surgery
Since gynecomastia may be a natural part of a young man’s maturation process, ideal candidates for male breast reduction have completed puberty. They have a healthy, stable body mass index (BMI) of between 19 and 25. Candidates have either ruled out or properly diagnosed whatever hormonal imbalance may be responsible for their gynecomastia.
Do I Qualify for Male Breast Reduction?
- Candidates have unwanted breast development
- Candidates are healthy
- Candidates want to improve their physique
- Candidates have realistic expectations for the procedure
Which Drugs Can Cause Gynecomastia?
Up to a quarter of all cases of gynecomastia are caused by drugs. Some of these drugs, like hormone analogs and human growth hormone supplements, are known to directly affect the hormone balance in men’s bodies. Male breasts may be an unintended or unwanted side effect of hormone-based therapy; keep your doctor informed of all troublesome side effects so that they may be addressed quickly and adequately.
Illicit or recreational drugs like marijuana and performance-enhancing drugs can also be responsible for male breasts. And, though their mechanism for doing so is not yet known, current evidence supports that central nervous system agents like the kind found in antidepressants and antianxiety medications can be the culprit in cases of gynecomastia. This is unfortunate because male breasts themselves may be the cause of their own psychological stressors, such as gender dysphoria.
Your Personal Consultation With Dr. Tehrani
Dr. Ali Tehrani’s artistic aptitude was encouraged at a young age by his mother, who was a painter, sculptor and interior architect. While many young boys his age spent their summers at play, the future surgeon took various art classes that enriched his appreciation of anatomy, balance and beauty. As a regionally recognized, board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Tehrani is generous with both his knowledge and his time. He is involved with teaching surgeons worldwide through the Paul Chester Children’s Hope Foundation, as well as many other philanthropic pursuits.
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Dr. Tehrani is eager to meet you and hankering to help. He knows that body dysphoria can result from pronounced male breasts. He invites you to schedule a personal consultation at any of his Southern California offices in La Jolla & Apple Valley. If you’re traveling from out-of-town, consider our Plastic Surgery Concierge service.
A Simple Procedure
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Gynecomastia Surgery Step-by-Step
- Male breast reduction is usually performed in an accredited outpatient surgical facility under sedation with local anesthesia or general anesthesia.
- Direct surgical excision of tissue may be required along with body contouring liposculpture.
- For optimal results, several adjacent anatomical body areas may need to be addressed and treated in addition to the breasts.
The Road to Recovery
Fortunately, you will not require a lot of downtime to recover from your gynecomastia surgery. You can be back to work in under a week once the pain and swelling subside.
What Can I Expect During My Gynecomastia Surgery Recovery?
- Your discomfort is controlled with oral medications and long-acting local anesthesia.
- A special postoperative garment is usually worn for several weeks according to your Dr. Tehrani’s instructions.
- Closely monitored overnight home care is standard practice.
- Please keep all of your follow-up appointments with Dr. Tehrani so he can monitor your recovery.
- There will normally be postoperative tumescent fluid drainage for several days.
- Suture removal is usually within one to two weeks.
- You may resume light activity in two days.
- You can resume more vigorous activity in two to four weeks.
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What Can I Expect From Male Breast Reduction?
- Less chest fat and breast tissue
- Improved male physique
- More self-confidence
What Does Male Breast Reduction Cost in La Jolla & Apple Valley?
Dr. Tehrani will determine your prescribed treatment plan following a physical examination and a review of your medical history. Your personal consultation is when he will get his most holistic view of you as a patient. At such time, Dr. Tehrani will be able to quote you an accurate cost for gynecomastia surgery. Prices may vary widely depending on the extent of your procedure. Anesthesia and facility fees can add cost as well.
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Financing options are available for those who qualify. Some insurance plans may cover gynecomastia surgery in rare and serious circumstances involving a demonstrable medical condition.
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Can gynecomastia go away with exercise?
Unfortunately, no. Age and obesity are known risk factors for gynecomastia, but its underlying causes are essentially hormonal. Improvements in health and fitness certainly have their own benefits. These improvements do not correlate directly to a significant reduction in male breasts, however. This is because gynecomastia is caused by excessive glandular breast tissue in addition to fatty tissue. For many men, gynecomastia surgery produces the most desired results.
How does gynecomastia feel?
Gynecomastia can feel like a small, rubbery lump under the nipple. It is a common misconception that male breasts are simply ordinary fat tissue. In fact, its causes are hormonal. Male breasts result from overdeveloped glandular tissue. Gynecomastia may feel tender to the touch. If you are a post-pubescent male of a stable, healthy body weight, consult with an experienced doctor to develop a treatment plan for your gynecomastia.
What causes male gynecomastia?
The dimorphic sexual traits in both men and women are regulated by the body’s delicate balance of hormones. A profusion of testosterone in men is responsible for male sex traits. Men also produce estrogen, the hormone at the heart of feminine sexual characteristics, like large and nurturing breasts. When men produce too much estrogen, “man boobs” may result. Hormone imbalances may be a temporary side effect of natural sexual development. Physiologic gynecomastia develops in up to 70% of adolescent boys. Non-physiologic gynecomastia occurs after puberty and may require surgical intervention to correct.
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