Scottsdale Gynecomastia Surgery: Gaining Back Confidence

 In General

Gynecomastia surgery, also known as a reduction mammaplasty, is a procedure to correct the physical traits of gynecomastia.

About Gynecomastia

Gynecomastia is a condition where men develop enlarged breasts.

Characteristics of gynecomastia include:

  • excess fat glandular tissue
  • excess localized fat
  • excess breast skin

There are three stages of development in men when this condition is most prevalent. In infancy, males may have enlarged breast due to hormones from the mother and in breast milk. During adolescence, males may develop the condition. It is during adolescence that gynecomastia may have the largest negative psychological impact. The majority of cases of gynecomastia that occur in adolescent males regresses by the age of 18. Severe cases last through adulthood. Lastly, the condition appears during old age when testosterone levels and skin elasticity decrease.

Causes of Gynecomastia

Common causes of gynecomastia include:

  • hormones such as estrogen
  • medications such as anti-androgens
  • illegal drugs and alcohol
  • health conditions such as tumors

Gynecomastia surgery will reduce the appearance of gynecomastia, but does not fix the underlining cause of gynecomastia. It is important to work with your medical team to determine the cause of the condition.

Effects of Gynecomastia

Gynecomastia can impact men at different stages in their life, and though there are no physical issues with the condition, this condition can have a negative impact on a man’s overall quality of life. Gynecomastia should not be considered just a cosmetic issue. This condition can have a negative effect on self-esteem and psychological disorders.

About Gynecomastia Surgery

  • surgery takes about 2-3 hours
  • return home same day with restrictions
  • full recovery with no restrictions usually by 6 weeks

Procedure

The surgery will typically start with anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best options for your procedure. Then a liposuction technique may be used to remove excess fatty tissues. Some cases may require excision techniques to remove excess tissue and skin. Your doctor will recommend the correct procedures for your condition.

Not all cases of male enlarged breast are gynecomastia. A board-certified plastic surgeon will need to complete a full evaluation to determine the correct treatment plan for each case.

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