Women aren’t the only ones who can have breasts that are too large. Gynecomastia is the abnormal increase of breast tissue in men. It can develop due to an imbalance in your hormone levels – many men experience levels of gynecomastia during puberty, but most will go away by the time it’s over. Since most men prefer a flat chest, the condition can be debilitating both physically and emotionally.
Gynecomastia can affect men of any age, but it typically appears at puberty or after 50. There are any number of things that can cause gynecomastia such as hormones, certain medications, hard drugs, medical conditions, or even just naturally. During your consultation, Dr. Robert Whitfield will take a full medical history and perform a physical to help determine the underlying cause of your gynecomastia. Together you will then discuss treatment options.
So many men live with their enlarged breasts, unable to wear the clothes that they’d like. In fact, most are so embarrassed that they won’t even be seen without a shirt or work out at a gym. They don’t realize that there are fairly simple treatment options to cure gynecomastia.
The first step in treating gynecomastia is figuring out the underlying cause. Certain medications such as steroids, anti-anxiety medications, anti-depressants, and heart medications can cause you to develop the condition. So can hard drugs and alcohol, and certain medical conditions like aging, hyperthyroidism, and liver or kidney failure.
If the underlying cause is something that can be stopped or treated then surgical intervention may not be necessary. However, in other cases, these men will need liposuction or what is called a male breast reduction.
Enlarged male breasts may be due to excess fat, excess breast tissue or a combination of both. In patients whose large breasts are due to fat alone, Dr. Whitfield will perform liposuction. It’s quick, easy and effective. There is minimal downtime although you will need to wear a compression garment for a period of time. For patients who suffer from an excess of breast tissue, it will need to be surgically removed.
In most male breast reduction surgeries, Dr. Whitfield places the incision under the nipple so that the scar is camouflaged within the edge. If the size of the nipple needs to also be decreased, he will place the incision around the entire perimeter of the areola. In the cases where a patient has an excessive amount of breast tissue, he will need to place the incision in the crease under the breast as it is the only way to remove a large amount of volume. He may combine this with liposuction if fat is present as well. All of this will be discussed in detail during your initial consultation.
Dr. Whitfield’s goal with any kind of gynecomastia treatment is to deliver a flat, smooth, youthful-looking chest with little to no visible scarring.
Recovery from gynecomastia depends on which treatment Dr. Whitfield performs. Liposuction is fairly simple; the recovery will take a couple of weeks. With a surgical male breast reduction, you can expect to be swollen for about 2-6 weeks. In both cases, you will need to wear a compression garment for 2 weeks and avoid any kind of strenuous exercise for 2 weeks. Patients can typically return to their full regime at the gym at 4-6 weeks.
To find out more about gynecomastia with Dr. Robert Whitfield, call us today at 877-785-2382 or schedule a consultation at our Austin location in West Lake Hills.