Gynecomastia in Houston, TX

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what is Gynecomastia?

At Plastic Surgery of Houston, we perform male breast reduction surgery to remove excess fat and tissue from the breast(s) caused by gynecomastia. While the cause of gynecomastia is unknown, most medical professionals believe it is related to an imbalance of estrogen and testosterone in the male body. Many men with this condition feel less confident and are too  embarrassed to remove their shirt in public. Houston, TX board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Jay Shenaq's skillful hands can sculpt the chest to look more masculine, and the result can be a more muscular, toned chest that restores confidence and self-esteem.

do i qualify for gynecomastia surgery?

The best candidates for male breast reduction surgery have been diagnosed with gynecomastia and have tried other treatments such as diet, exercise, or medication. The most favorable candidates are those who are in good health but need assistance getting rid of excess fat and tissue in the breasts. Patients with other medical conditions should discuss their medical history thoroughly with a surgeon prior to surgery.

how does gynecomastia surgery work?

A male breast reduction surgery is an effective method of treatment for gynecomastia. Usually performed as an outpatient procedure with local anesthesia, the surgeon will use a combination of liposuction and tissue excision to decrease the size of the breasts and remove any unnecessary fat and tissue. Using liposuction, fat is removed through small incisions made on each side of the chest, at the edge of the areola, or within the armpit, depending on the best and safest technique to meet your cosmetic needs.

what to expect after gynecomastia surgery

Gynecomastia can affect one or both of the breasts, in different ways. In most cases, it is not a serious condition, but it can cause some physical ailments such as back pain and emotional stress from embarrassment. Male breast reduction surgery not only removes excess breast tissue, but also sculpts the chest for a more masculine look. In more severe cases of gynecomastia, patients may require a tissue excision. During a tissue excision, the surgeon is able to remove more tissue and skin than with liposuction alone.

Following male breast reduction surgery, no matter the technique used, you will experience bruising and swelling on and around the chest area for the first couple of weeks. Although you may feel sore after surgery, this will subside after a few days. Some men may experience a loss of sensation in the chest area, but this is only temporary. Each patient will experience a different healing process and should follow the surgeon’s care instructions for optimal results.

Gynecomastia FAQ

How much does male breast reduction cost?

Gynecomastia is a medical issue that is best handled by a skilled surgeon. For this reason, Dr. Shenaq urges you to focus on how to get your best results over costs. To help make your surgery fit your budget, Plastic Surgery of Houston takes several payment methods. We can also help you find low-interest medical financing. While male breast reduction is usually not covered by health insurance, it is worth contacting your insurer to confirm.

What causes gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia is caused by an imbalance in hormones. In most cases, gynecomastia is connected to the use of androgens and anabolic steroids. It may also be caused by using illegal drugs, including heroin and marijuana. Gynecomastia may also be caused by some health conditions (hypogonadism, hyperthyroidism, and tumors) plus some medications (for example, 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 patients might have false gynecomastia (also known as pseudogynecomastia), so Dr. Shenaq encourages patients to lose weight by following an exercise plan and healthy diet before seeking treatment for gynecomastia. If you still have enlarged breasts at a healthy weight, Dr. Shenaq will perform an examination and order diagnostic tests. This may include a mammogram, blood tests, or a biopsy to rule out other conditions like an infection or the breast tissue (mastitis) or cancer.

Can gynecomastia be treated with exercise or pills?

Male breast reduction surgery is the most effective treatment for gynecomastia. Currently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved any medications to treat gynecomastia. While they aren't approved for gynecomastia, a few breast cancer medications (Tamoxifen or Raloxifene) may give you minimal improvements. Strength training to increase the pectoral muscles cannot reduce the excess breast tissue and could even make the breasts appear larger.

Will this fix puffy or pointy nipples?

Puffy or pointy nipples may be caused by glandular gynecomastia. If you are concerned about this, be sure to tell Dr. Shenaq during your consultation. He will personalize your surgical plan to select the best incision pattern and technique to correct your nipples. Large areolas can also be corrected in surgery for gynecomastia. It is crucial to be open and honest with Dr. Shenaq about your concerns and wants during your initial consultation, so He can ensure you are happy with your results.

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Although gynecomastia is a common condition that is not life-threatening, it may cause you to feel insecure about your appearance. If you suffer from gynecomastia and are considering male breast reduction surgery, please schedule a consultation to learn more about your treatment options. We will work closely with you to create a care plan that best suits your needs and cosmetic goals.