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.
"Gynecomastia Surgery: I was heavy majority of my life. - This testimonial is for my male breast reduction surgery. A little back story on me: I was heavy majority of my life. I had the gastric sleeve and lost half of my body weight. I was left with excess skin in my abdomen, arms and breasts. I had gynecomastia surgery with Dr. Katzen and I feel amazing. I am returning for other surgeries this year."- J.H. / RealSelf / Feb 18, 2020
"47 years old male, gynecomastia. - My friends and family always tell me I have man boobs and it bothered me. I could never wear t-shirts or go without a shirt in a pool or beach. I felt embarrassed and ashamed. A friend of mine had gynecomastia surgery with Dr. Katzen and I couldn't believe how great his results are. I scheduled my surgery and I am ecstatic with my chest. I feel like a real man now."- H. / RealSelf / Apr 18, 2018
"Extended Tummy Tuck and Gynecomastia Surgery After 140 Pound Weight Loss - I am a 47-year-old male who underwent gastric bypass surgery. I lost approximately 140 pounds. Like many patients, I experienced sagging excess skin in my abdomen along with other areas. My arms and thighs surprisingly was not horribly bad, I could live with it. The two areas that bothered me the most was my abdomen and chest area. I found Dr. Katzen and knew immediately, I can trust my life with him. I underwent an extended tummy tuck and gynecomastia surgery, both with excellent results."- P. / RealSelf / Mar 18, 2020
"Gynecomastia Surgery Changed my Life. - I usually don’t like to discuss my insecurities with anyone, but hopefully, by sharing this, I can help someone. I had large man breasts that made me feel ashamed and not confident. They were large and they were not the same size. As a man, it messes with my head and I was not okay with that. When I met with Dr. Katzen, he said it’s common and he’s done many gynecomastia procedures on men. Well, my surgery couldn’t have gone better and healing was a breeze. Instantly after surgery, I already feel different. It’s a feeling of relief that I can finally be a normal man."- L.S. / RealSelf / May 18, 2019
"Not embarrassed to take my shirt off at the beach after gynecomastia surgery. - I’m a dad of two beautiful young daughters. Our favorite family activity is to go to the beach. I usually do not take off my shirt because I am too embarrassed about my man boobs. Even with a shirt on, if I get wet in the water, everyone can see how large and disproportionate my chest was. I spent many hours finding a plastic surgeon that has experience with gynecomastia surgery. I found Dr. Katzen and he’s done many of these surgeries. Surgery was fast and recovery was easy. My biggest regret is not doing this sooner. Dr. Katzen has given me a confidence boost. I am able to relax and enjoy myself better."- T. / RealSelf / Apr 18, 2019
Gynecomastia Ideal Candidates
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.
Gynecomastia Surgical Technique
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 with Gynecomastia
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.
Gynecomastia 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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