Gynecomastia is the abnormal enlargement of male breasts. It can be incredibly distressing to the men who suffer from the condition. Although weight loss can sometimes help, the only way to fully resolve the issue is with a male breast reduction.
Gynecomastia is caused by an imbalance of the hormones estrogen and testosterone. The condition most often occurs in newborns, boys going through puberty, and older men. However, it can also develop due to certain medications and conditions. Enlarged male breasts affect many men and can have a serious impact on your quality of lie and self-esteem.
The best candidates for a male breast reduction are men who:
If your gynecomastia is caused by a medical condition, you will need to treat the underlying condition before having a male breast reduction.
Gynecomastia surgery is done under general anesthesia, which means you will be completely asleep and comfortable throughout the experience. The actual surgical technique Dr. Larson uses will depend on the composition of your breasts. Here is a look at your options:
If your enlarged male breasts are composed primarily of fatty tissue, he may perform liposuction alone to remove the excess volume.
This procedure will require a small incision on each side of the chest. Through those openings, Dr. Larson will insert a cannula to remove excess fat, while also sculpting the area to restore a firm and masculine appearance.
If your breasts feature excess skin or glandular tissue that needs to be removed, liposuction alone won’t be sufficient. In this case, Dr. Larson will need to surgically excise the excess volume and he will also typically reposition the nipple.
The incisions will be located along the areola or hidden within the natural creases of your chest. These locations will be chosen with care to ensure that the resulting scars are discreet. If he deems it necessary, Dr. Larson will follow the surgical excision with liposuction to refine your results and ensure an optimal outcome.
Immediately after surgery, Dr. Larson will place bandages over the incisions and you will be free to return home. You will need to wear a compression garment for a few weeks to support and maintain your new, masculine contours. You can expect to return to work in about seven days and resume your normal exercise routine gradually within a couple of weeks.
In accordance with the decision made by the Governor, elective surgery will once again be possible in the state of Arizona as of May 1.
This means that we will be expanding the operating hours of our office on a limited basis to accommodate new patients and to care for post-operative patients.
Physical Distancing measures will still be in effect. If you are coming to the office, please wear a mask and sanitize or wash your hands before entering and frequently while you are with us. We will be wearing masks as well and limiting physical and close contact.
If you are coughing, feeling ill or have a fever, DO NOT come to the office. Call us instead and we can make arrangements to see you if you need us. We will also have limited staff present in the office so things may run a bit more slowly.
Telemedicine consults are still available, and we encourage you to use this option if possible.
We are working to reschedule all the patients who had their surgeries temporarily canceled as a result of the quarantine. We will be in touch with you to do so, there is no need to call us. Please be patient with us, the surgery centers and hospitals will be working through a major backlog.
The mortality rate of this disease climbs sharply after 50. If you are over 50, please stay home if at all possible. Patients over 60 should only come to the office for emergencies or issues that cannot wait such as trauma or cancer.
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