Treatment of Gynecomastia in Los Angeles CA
More men will develop gynecomastia ("man boobs") than will not. But that doesn't make it any less concerning! 90% of adolescent boys will develop male breast enlargement to one extent or another. And though it frequently resolves, it still persists in a great many men as they grow into adulthood. Gynecomastia should not be viewed as being something abnormal, but rather something that is common, albeit undesirable. The good news is that it is very treatable through male breast reduction surgery or gynecomastia surgery.
Man boobs are undesirable because it makes men reluctant to take their shirt off. Some wear two shirts everyday just to conceal it. Even thin men who work out regularly at the gym and otherwise have put the effort into developing bodies that would look good in tight shirts and sweaters cannot do so.
Gynecomastia can make men who are just a few pounds overweight look much heavier than they really are. Whether lounging around the beach or a pool, hanging out in jeans and a t-shirt, trying to fit nicely into a suit, or simply taking their shirt off, sufferers of gynecomastia just wish it would go away.
In the past, gynecomastia surgery - male breast reduction surgery was mostly done on teenage boys referred to plastic surgeons by their family doctor or pediatrician. In recent years, weight lifters that developed gynecomastia from steroid or supplement use also learned about surgical options from reading muscle magazines or from trainers at the gym. Today, male breast reduction surgery is a widely accepted and highly effective treatment for gynecomastia.
Treatment of gynecomastia is a standard part of training by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. They are the only board recognized to credential plastic surgeons, and you should look for a member to have your gynecomastia surgery. Surgeons certified by this board are members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). Gynecomastia is elective surgery. Do not feel rushed. If you do not feel enthusiastic about proceeding, or if you are not confident about a doctor, then just wait until everything seems right. Look at photos of their results after male breast reduction surgery. Do they seem to be experienced and knowledgeable about gynecomastia and how to correct it with surgery? Where were they trained? Do you have a choice of anesthesia? Do they have an accredited operating room? Do they seem to understand what bothers you about having gynecomastia, and do they seem capable of delivering you the result that you want after gynecomastia surgery? These are some of the questions that you should be considering.
The most common surgical technique for the symptoms and treatment of gynecomastia
The most common technique for gynecomastia surgery involves making an incision around part of the areola to cut away the thick, glandular tissue, and then to perform liposuction to thin out the chest and contour the entire area. In some cases, particularly very thin men with just a little "puffiness" under the areola, and a very firm, well-delineated mass, excision alone is all that is needed. But when the chest is diffusely enlarged and is very soft and spongy – usually in men that are or have been a bit overweight – liposuction alone can give an excellent result.
Sometimes a patient feels on initial exam like they just have fat. But during the operation, after the removal of the fat, the glandular tissue can suddenly be felt – just as if you might imagine the chocolate melting in a candy bar, and an almond embedded in the center gradually becomes increasingly obvious. There is no right or wrong approach; the patient and I decide beforehand what the goal is. If it is to make them as flat as possible, then we usually proceed with doing both.
If the patient is overweight, there is obviously a lot of fat, the patient does not expect to be totally flat, and doesn’t want the scar around part of the areola, then we may not do an excision during gynecomastia surgery. Each case is individualized, but to repeat, most of the time there needs to be both liposuction and excision.
If you are interested in learning more about male breast reduction surgery in Los Angeles, contact the plastic surgery practice of Dr. Steven Teitelbaum at 310-315-1121.