Gynecomastia is the medical term for male breast enlargement. It's a condition that can produce a female-like chest due to an increase in breast tissue. In many cases, gynecomastia is caused by an underlying hormonal problem, but this condition can also be caused by certain medications, weight gain, or genetics. Men with this issue often feel self-conscious and embarrassed, especially in circumstances where the chest is exposed, like by the pool or in the gym. To remedy this, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Timothy Katzen offers surgical breast reduction for men who have gynecomastia. This surgery has a very high success rate and is known as one of the more popular cosmetic treatments for men at J. Timothy Katzen, M.D. Beverly Hills.
"As a man, I can live with having a small gut, but not large male breasts - Gynecomastia is the only plastic surgery I have longed to have. As a man, I can live with having a small gut on me, but having large male breasts is something I cannot live with. I know that sounds bad, but the psychological effects it had on me were not good. I want to share my experience with Dr. Katzen and his team. Dr. Katzen is a perfectionist and extremely professional. His staff reflects his practice, the girls in the office are kind and helpful. Overall, my entire experience has been beyond wonderful with Dr. Katzen."- T. / RealSelf / Apr 22, 2021
"Gynecomastia Surgery with Excellent Care and Results. - Excellent! My experience with Dr. Katzen and his office staff was excellent. They all treated me with respect and kindness throughout my process. I had gynecomastia surgery and it went quite well, not much pain, and no complications. Recovery was quick and easy. The office is very organized and efficient. The instructions are always clear and easy to understand."- D. / RealSelf / Aug 28, 2021
"After gynecomastia surgery, I feel confident and secure - I am glad to see many men post about gynecomastia surgery on here. It's a big issue for us men and there is help out there for us. I had male breast reduction after learning about Dr. Katzen's work on Instagram. He did a really good job on me. I was having self-esteem issues with my male breasts most of my adult life. I never felt comfortable wearing a fitting top or tank top, I always wore oversized shirts. You would never ever have caught me going shirtless at a beach or pool. After gynecomastia surgery, I feel confident and secure. I cleaned out my closet and got rid of all the oversized shirts and bought nice-fitting shirts. I even went shirtless to the beach last week and it felt great."- M.C. / RealSelf / Aug 03, 2021
"Gynecomastia Procedure, Highly Recommend - One of my insecurities growing up was being made fun of for having "man boobs". I was doomed since middle school and because of it, I never participated in sports. I am in my late 20's and had to do something about my condition. I turned to Dr. Katzen for help and had the gynecomastia procedure. Instantly after surgery, I felt renewed and different. My incisions on my chest are very small and Dr. Katzen said it should fade nicely. I highly recommend his practice."- H.P. / RealSelf / Dec 01, 2021
"My surgery had immediate results and recovery was quick and easy - As a male, some of us suffer from having large male breast tissue. This issue caused me so much embarrassment, insecurity, and anxiety. When I am in public I usually have to wear a garment wrap to flatten my chest area. These garments are quite uncomfortable and I would sweat in them. I decided to undergo gynecomastia surgery aka male breast reduction. The nice thing about this surgery is the immediate results and recovery was quick and easy. Let's talk about my surgeon, Dr. Katzen. He is one of the most amazing people I have ever met. He's very interesting and fun to talk to and is as kind as others have described him. If I were to need any more surgeries in the future, he's definitely my go-to surgeon."- T. / RealSelf / Jan 18, 2022
Male breast reduction treatment is a procedure for men with overly sized breasts that cannot be treated with medications or diet alone. If you are frustrated by the size and shape of your chest, then you may benefit from male breast reduction surgery at our Beverly Hills, CA office. Adolescent teens may also benefit from gynecomastia surgery; however, an additional procedure could be needed later during adulthood if excess breast tissue continues to develop. During your first appointment with Dr. Katzen, treatment options will be provided and may include the chances of moving forward with surgery to repair the condition.
A form of liposuction is typically employed during male breast reduction surgery. While you are under general anesthesia, liposuction helps eliminate excess fat tissue from the chest wall. Next, any lax skin will be carefully trimmed away to create a taut appearance, and the nipple area and surrounding areola will be repositioned so that it is proportionate with the newly shaped chest. In most cases, this treatment strategy requires a small incision in proximity to where the glandular tissue has formed. Once the fat and loose skin have been appropriately handled, Dr. Katzen will pull together the remaining skin.
What To Expect
At the conclusion of your gynecomastia treatment, the chest will be supported with a medical garment to help try and eliminate swelling, bleeding, and bruising. In advanced cases where a more intricate approach was used, a drainage tube may be properly positioned to assist with fluid. The results following this procedure are immediately visible and most patients are extremely excited with the physical change. The incisions made during surgery take time to heal and scarring is usually barely visible. With your enhanced chest, you can get medical clearance from Dr. Katzen to incorporate exercise and strength training, which will help accentuate the surgical results.
Frequently Asked Questions
What causes gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is caused by a disruption in hormone balance. In most cases, gynecomastia is linked to the use of anabolic steroids or androgens. It can also be caused by using illegal drugs, like heroin and marijuana. Gynecomastia may also be caused by certain health conditions (hypogonadism, hyperthyroidism, and tumors), plus some medications (highly active antiretroviral therapy for AIDS, anti-anxiety medications, and chemotherapy).
How can I tell if I have gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is excess breast tissue growth in the male chest, which can cause tenderness, swelling, and pain. Some men may have false gynecomastia (also known as pseudogynecomastia) so Dr. Katzen encourages patients to lose weight with a healthy diet and exercise before seeking treatment for gynecomastia. If you still have enlarged breasts even at a healthy weight, Dr. Katzen can perform an examination and tests to diagnosis gynecomastia. This may include blood tests, a mammogram, or a biopsy to rule out other conditions, like breast cancer and mastitis (infection of the breast tissue).
Can gynecomastia be treated with exercise or pills?
The most effective treatment for gynecomastia is male breast reduction surgery. Currently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved any medications to treat gynecomastia. While they are not approved for gynecomastia, some breast cancer medications (Tamoxifen or Raloxifene) may have limited effects. Strength training to build the pectoral muscles cannot reduce the amount of breast tissue and may make the breasts appear larger.
Will this fix puffy or pointy nipples?
Puffy or pointy nipples may be caused by glandular gynecomastia. If this is a concern for you, please talk to Dr. Katzen during your consultation. He will customize your treatment plan to use the best technique and incision pattern to correct your nipples. Large areolas can also be reduced during male breast reduction surgery. It's important to be honest with Dr. Katzen about your needs and goals in your consultation so he can ensure you get the results you want.
Restore your Masculine Chest
If you suffer from the effects of gynecomastia, we welcome you to call our office to schedule a one-on-one private consultation with Dr. Katzen and learn more about our male breast reduction surgery at J. Timothy Katzen, M.D. Beverly Hills. After treatment for gynecomastia (male breast enlargement), you can stop covering up your chest at the gym and pool and feel more confident with your masculine frame. Our accomplished team has helped so many men from Beverly Hills, CA and beyond.
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