Gynecomastia, or excessive male breast tissue, is a common condition impacting males. Even though many men experience this issue, it can still be a source of embarrassment or self-consciousness. This is especially true in situations associated with removing your shirt, such as hanging out at the beach or the pool, or when you are in front of your romantic partner.
Fortunately, gynecomastia can easily be treated with a male breast reduction procedure, providing you with a permanent solution that helps you look and feel your very best. You can find out whether male breast reduction is right for you and receive individualized treatment recommendations by speaking with Dr. Ali and Dr. Tamir in person. Please call (602) 883-4483 today to schedule your complimentary consultation at our Phoenix plastic surgery office.
Causes of Gynecomastia
Gynecomastia often occurs around puberty. In most instances, adolescent males who develop this condition during puberty find that it resolves on its own as they enter into adulthood, eliminating the need for treatment. However, there are some situations where gynecomastia will persist into adulthood.
Other potential causes of gynecomastia include:
- Hormone fluctuations
- Certain prescription medications
- Anabolic steroid use
- Drug use, particularly marijuana or heroin
- Dietary supplements
- Estrogen-producing tumors
- Graves’ disease
- Liver disease
Before considering male breast reduction surgery, you should consult your doctor to make sure your condition is not being caused by the use of certain medications or one of the above-mentioned health conditions. In these situations, gynecomastia may go away by discontinuing the use of these medications or by treating the underlying health issue.
Am I a Candidate for Gynecomastia Surgery?
Most men experiencing excess breast tissue are candidates for gynecomastia surgery. The best results are typically achieved by men with firm, elastic skin. If you are overweight, you should try to correct the condition by improving your diet and exercise regimen before considering surgery. If you are still unhappy with your appearance once you’ve reached your target weight, you should schedule a consultation with Dr. Ali and Dr. Tamir.
In addition, ideal male breast reduction candidates:
- Are in good overall health
- Have realistic expectations for the outcome of their procedure
- Do not smoke or are willing to quit smoking prior to surgery and throughout the recovery period
Your Male Breast Reduction Procedure
In most cases, Dr. Ali and Dr. Tamir will treat gynecomastia with liposuction to remove excess fat from your breast tissue. If your condition is also being caused by excess glandular tissue, Dr. Ali and Dr. Tamir may surgically remove this glandular tissue as part of your procedure.
There will be some mild bruising and swelling after your surgery. This will subside gradually during the first few weeks of your recovery. Dr. Ali and Dr. Tamir will instruct you to wear a compression garment for the first few weeks after the procedure in order to facilitate healing and ensure the best possible results.
Typically, you should be able to return to work within about a week. The liposuction technique used for male breast reduction minimizes tissue trauma and discomfort, resulting in a relatively short recovery process.
Contact our Phoenix Plastic Surgeons
Please contact Mosharrafa Plastic Surgery using the form on this page or call (602) 883-4483 today to schedule your complimentary consultation. We serve patients in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley and throughout Arizona.