Gynecomastia is the surprisingly common condition of increased breast size in a man.
Gynecomastia can be related to many different conditions involving increased estrogen, but the vast majority of men with gynecomastia are completely normal. There appears to be certain ages where men are more prone to develop breast tissue, specifically in the teens and after age 50. If you are in your teens, your risk is 50-60% of gynecomastia. For teens, the condition often resolves spontaneously, but after the condition remains stable for three years it is unlikely to resolve and the breast tissue must be removed. In older men, gynecomastia can develop at any age, but becomes more likely in your 50’s and 60’s. Risks are even higher in this age group at 70%! If you are overweight and have breasts, losing weight can help; this is a condition called pseudogynecomastia, where the breasts aren’t really made of breast tissue but actually are just fat.
Age: 33 from Hollywood, California. Dr. Cassileth performed a gynecomastia surgery. Patient had full breasts and fatty excess tissue was removed.
"Having gynecomastia greatly reduced my self-esteem for most of my life. Cosmetic surgery seemed scary, but I knew it was the perfect solution since dieting and exercising hadn't reduced the fat on my chest. Today, I can say that I'm thoroughly pleased with the results. Dr. Richardson was professional, kind, and courteous. Her work speaks for itself. By the end, I got the results I wanted and my self-esteem has never been better. She made me feel at home and her staff was wonderful. Cel was especially welcoming. I highly recommend a consultation if you're interested in changing something about your body that you've always wanted to change." - A.J.
After treating many gynecomastia patients, we find most of our patients have already tried weight loss and working out more. They are always hiding their chests, they avoid light colored shirts that show their breasts, and generally even the most fit are rarely topless and avoid the beach.
For gynecomastia that is benign, and will not resolve, the gynecomastia surgery is straightforward. A doctor first makes an incision in an area where it will not show(on the border of the areola, or under the armpit). VASER (an ultrasound wave device) is used to loosen the breast tissue so that it can be removed. Then, Power Assisted liposuction is used to directly remove the tissue. The densest tissue under the nipple sometimes cannot be removed except by direct excision, which then is removed through the areola incision if necessary so no additional scars are placed. The result is a smooth, slim, muscle revealing chest. The male breast reduction procedure uses all dissolvable stitches that cannot be seen, and usually you can go back to work within days, depending on how much tissue was removed. Wearing a tight shirt or vest is necessary for one week, even though the results are obvious immediately, and continue to improve for weeks. Most of our patient wonder why they didn’t do the surgery earlier, and also spent years wasted blaming themselves. Our male breast reduction surgery is straightforward, almost incisionless surgery is low risk, fast recovery, and outpatient.
Your first step is a consultation, so please contact our office at 310.278.8200 to schedule an appointment and ask any questions you like. We will provide you the utmost comfort and privacy, giving you the most comprehensive gynecomastia surgery Los Angeles has to offer.