Correcting Gynecomastia with Male Breast Reduction
By Brian Kobienia, MD, FACS on February 18, 2013
Gynecomastia is a term that many patients are probably not familiar with. It is the medical term used to describe the condition of excess breast tissue in boys or men. Not only can this condition cause physical pain for some patients, but it is a condition that causes emotional shame and embarrassment for many of those who suffer from the condition. It is important for males experiencing gynecomastia to realize that they are not alone and there is help available. At Dr. Brian J. Kobienia’s Edina plastic surgery practice, male breast reduction surgery is commonly performed to address gynecomastia and flatten and sculpt the patient’s chest.
Causes and Symptoms of Gynecomastia
It is easy to recognize the symptoms of gynecomastia. Males who have the condition will notice swollen breast gland tissue and, in some cases, pain or tenderness in the breast or nipple. Gynecomastia can cause swelling in either one or both of the breasts, so some patients may have breasts that differ in size and shape. While most patients will recognize the signs of gynecomastia, they will likely be unaware of the cause of the condition. There are multiple possible causes of gynecomastia. The most likely cause is a hormonal imbalance caused by natural hormone changes. Other causes include the use of certain medications, medical conditions, or the use of illegal drugs or anabolic steroids.
Treating Gynecomastia with Male Breast Reduction
In some patients, the signs of gynecomastia will naturally dissipate over time. However, for many patients, the condition will require surgical intervention to reduce the breast tissue. For these patients, Dr. Kobienia will perform male breast reduction surgery. For our patients in Edina, liposuction is likely to be part of the male breast reduction surgery. Liposuction allows Dr. Kobienia to remove breast fat from the chest area through small incisions that allow for the insertion of a cannula, or surgical vacuum. For some patients, liposuction alone may be able to provide the desired results. However, for most patients who suffer from gynecomastia, male breast reduction surgery will require the removal of breast gland tissue. Depending on the amount of fat and glandular tissue removed during the procedure, the skin of the chest may need to be re-draped and the nipple may need to be repositioned. When recovery is complete, our male patients will find themselves with the flat, toned appearance that is typically considered more masculine.
Benefits of Male Breast Reduction
Men who choose to undergo male breast reduction surgery find themselves with an improved sense of confidence and self-esteem. With a chest that is toned and symmetrical, our male patients are free of the embarrassment they suffered due to enlarged breasts. Male breast reduction surgery allows patients to permanently rid themselves of the physical and emotional discomfort of gynecomastia.
Schedule an Appointment
Do not be ashamed to seek treatment for gynecomastia. This is a condition that is experienced by many of our male patients, and Dr. Brian J. Kobienia is experienced in correcting the condition through male breast reduction surgery. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Kobienia to see if you can benefit from male breast reduction surgery.
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