It’s estimated that 65% of men between 27 and 92 years old develop gynecomastia, or male breast enlargement. If you’re embarrassed by the size of your breasts or your enlarged breast is painful, Husam Elias, MD, DMD, FACS, at Southern California Center for Surgical Arts can help. Dr. Elias has extensive experience in reducing men’s breasts and creating a toned, masculine chest. To schedule a consultation, call the office in Sherman Oaks, California, or book an appointment online.
Gynecomastia refers to the abnormal growth of breast gland tissue in men. The glandular tissues usually enlarge in both breasts, but the problem can affect just one. Although excess fat tissue may lead to enlarged breasts, you only have gynecomastia when glandular tissue is involved.
You’ll be able to feel a firm or rubbery mass under your nipples and areola. You may also experience swollen breasts and breast tenderness. Some men develop a discharge from their nipples.
Gynecomastia is benign and men rarely develop breast cancer. However, a lump, swelling, and discharge are also symptoms of breast cancer. For this reason, it’s important to have your enlarged breasts evaluated by your doctor.
Gynecomastia develops when your levels of testosterone are low compared with the amount of estrogen. The problem can occur due to natural hormonal changes that occur as men get older, medical conditions that affect hormone levels, and a variety of prescription medications.
Some men may be able to reduce the size of their breasts by losing weight. If an underlying medical condition or medication is responsible for your gynecomastia, your treatment begins by taking care of that problem.
A few medications used for treating breast cancer may diminish male breast enlargement. Beyond these limited options, the primary treatment for gynecomastia is surgery to remove the glandular tissue.
Dr. Elias may perform your gynecomastia procedure using liposuction, surgery, or both, depending on your needs.
You may only need liposuction if you have more fat than glandular tissue. If you have more glandular tissue and excess skin, the tissues are surgically removed. During surgery, Dr. Elias may also change the size and position of the areola.
You’ll wear a compression dressing to reduce swelling and help maintain the shape of your chest while it heals. Dr. Elias may also place a thin tube under your skin to drain blood or fluid that may collect.
You’ll receive specific, individualized instructions to follow after your surgery. Everyone heals at a different pace, but in general, it takes about 4-6 weeks to heal after gynecomastia surgery. During your recovery, it’s important to rest and avoid strenuous physical activity.
If you suffer from excess breast tissue, schedule a consultation by calling Southern California Center for Surgical Arts or using the online booking feature.