What is gynecomastia?
Women who want to improve their appearance, and make their breasts more proportional to their body structure normally undertake breast enlargement and breast reduction procedures. Similarly, men have needs like these that need to be addressed, and Dr. T.Y. Steven Ip has been doing just that with the male breast reduction procedure. Essentially, gynecomastia is the swelling of the male breast tissue due to hormonal imbalance. When the testosterone and estrogen levels in the body become inconsistent, it may affect the growth of one or both breasts in a man and cause them to become enlarged. This condition may cause some level of discomfort for the patient, and definitely take a toll on their confidence as well.
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What are the causes of gynecomastia?
Hormonal change is the predominant cause of this condition and occurs even during infancy when children are born with naturally enlarged breasts and also because of the estrogen content in mother’s milk. Hormonal changes are also common during puberty, and in old age. Additionally, some types of medication like steroids and certain antibiotics, antidepressants, heart medications, cancer medications, and ulcer treatments can influence gynecomastia. Substances such as alcohol, methadone, amphetamines, and marijuana can aggravate the condition, and certain health conditions like kidney and liver failure, hypogonadism, the presence of tumors, and malnutrition can have a significant effect as well.
How does the procedure go?
Male breast reduction can be carried out a number of different ways, depending on the needs of the patient. At times, doctors can perform a simple liposuction procedure to remove excess fat from the trouble area to resolve the gynecomastia. Surgeons make a small incision adjacent to the fat deposits and insert a cannula into the area. Using a sweeping motion, the cannula breaks up the fat buildup and the loosened fat will then be removed using a gentle suction action.
If this is not enough, a mastectomy can be done as a more aggressive approach involving the removal, not only of fat deposits, but of the breast gland tissues as well. Small incisions on strategic points, particularly around the areola, will be made to allow surgeons to view the full extent of the growth. Excess fat, tissues, and skin will then be trimmed off, the remaining skin arranged and stretched across the area, and the sutures will be closed. Recently, endoscopic procedures have been developed to make this male breast reduction technique less invasive and require minimal downtime.
If you have any questions, or if you want to learn more about male breast reduction, please call Dr. Ip at (949) 548-0300. For a consultation, or to setup an appointment click here. Proudly serving Newport Beach and Beverly Hills.