Millions of men suffer from an embarrassing condition called gynecomastia – enlarged male breasts. This condition can be corrected through a surgical technique which removes excess fat and breast tissue restoring masculine contours to the chest.
If you are reluctant to remove your shirt in private or public, avoid the beach and generally keep your chest covered you are not alone. It is estimated that 36% of young adult men and 57% of older men have this condition to some degree. (Source: http://www.gynecoma.com/gynecomastia-diagnosis-treatment/).
Dr. Vladimir Grigoryants is a double board certified plastic surgeon who frequently treats gynecomastia at his Los Angeles clinic. His work is acclaimed as being natural and discreet providing an increase in quality of life for his many patients.
Gynecomastia can be caused by several factors that occur at different times in life. It is not uncommon for male infants to be born with this condition because of raised estrogen levels from the mother. This resolves as the estrogen levels drop following birth. Hormones are also responsible for enlarged breasts in adolescent males. In most cases time resolves this issue.
Other triggers for gynecomastia can include:
- Weight gain followed by significant weight loss
- Low testosterone
- Medication side effects
Gynecomastia is a condition where breast tissue becomes enlarged. For some men, the problem is not an increase of breast tissue but an accumulation of fat covering the breast area.
Treatment of gynecomastia
There are hormone therapy treatments that can be effective in male breast reduction. These avenues should be discussed with your primary care physician. If the reduction achieved through hormone therapy does not have the desired effect, the only option is surgery.
Surgical removal of excess breast tissue, combined with some liposuction if needed, is a permanent way of restoring the slim silhouette that defines the male chest. Diet and exercise are not effective in reducing the appearance of breasts although the pectoral muscles will be more defined. This may have the unwanted effect of increasing the appearance of breasts.
In patients who have normal breast tissue with fat deposits over the area liposuction alone may be all that is needed.
Candidates for male breast reduction
The best candidates are adult men who have finished growing and who are in good general health. Candidates have usually exhausted other treatments that are not effective in restoring confidence about their appearance.
Adolescent males are not good candidates as they are still in their growth phase. In these cases hormone therapy may be more effective than in adult males.
What to expect during your male breast reduction surgery
Male breast reduction surgery is done under general anesthetic at a Los Angeles medical center. Dr. Grigoryants has surgical privileges at several hospitals making surgery convenient anywhere in the area. Prior to surgery the usual medical history and testing is done to ensure patients are healthy enough for the procedure.
The first step is to remove excess fatty tissue through liposuction of the area. Small incisions are placed in strategic creases or around the areola to mask scars. Excess breast tissue is then removed and if necessary, excess skin is trimmed. The incisions are meticulously closed using a layered system which promotes even healing and results in very thin, almost invisible scars.
Gynecomastia surgery is relatively straightforward but it should only be trusted to a board certified plastic surgeon with experience in the procedure.
Once the surgery is completed patients are closely monitored in the recovery room. After they are safely out of the effects of the anesthetic, they can be released. Patients must be driven home and must have a friend or family member present for at least the first 24 hours. This is not only a safety requirement, but allows the patient to simply rest and recover without having to deal with daily activities such as meal preparation.
Recovery after male breast reduction surgery
Patients recover from male breast reduction surgery in phases. For most patients, they can return to non strenuous work after a week. Dr. Grigoryants will advise you on when you can expect to return to work if your job requires heavy lifting or other challenging activity.
If there was liposuction, a compression garment will be worn for several weeks to avoid fluid collection and to assist in healing. Patients can shower after 48 hours following the post operative instructions given by Dr. Grigoryants.
A few days following surgery you will be examined at the Los Angeles clinic to ensure healing is occurring and there are no complications.
Incision care should be closely followed so no unnecessary infection occurs. This is the best way of insuring the incisions will heal to very thin lines that are virtually invisible once healing is complete.Pain medication will be prescribed for the first few days but most patients find they are comfortable using approved over the counter medications as needed going forward.
The chest area will appear more masculine very soon after surgery. Results will improve over the next few months and will be permanent.
If you are tired of being teased about your ‘man boobs’ call Dr. Grigoryants for a confidential consultation. He will perform a thorough examination, take a medical history and give you his honest opinion on what surgery can do for you.
Male breast reduction surgery is performed very frequently in Los Angeles. The patient satisfaction rate of this life changing surgery is very high and Dr. Grigoryants is as thrilled as his patients when they see they can confidently take their shirt off without fear of ridicule.