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Male Breast Reduction

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Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia Treatment) in Scottsdale, AZ

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Male Breast Reduction in Scottsdale

Women are not the only ones who can be affected by oversized breasts. Men with gynecomastia — a condition that causes enlarged, woman-like breasts — can experience physical discomfort, low self-esteem and other problems related to the size and shape of their breasts.

Dr. Genaro Valladolid performs male breast reduction for men with gynecomastia from Scottsdale, Mesa and the surrounding areas. He is extremely empathetic to the emotional and physical distress that gynecomastia causes, and he offers innovative treatment solutions to help men enjoy a more masculine appearance and greater self-confidence.

Benefits of Gynecomastia Surgery with Dr. Valladolid

Dr. Valladolid recognizes the many ways that gynecomastia can affect a man’s self-image, confidence and quality of life. He knows that a man with enlarged breasts might feel embarrassed, ashamed and shy about his appearance; however, the plastic surgeon immediately puts every patient at ease with his friendly, caring personality. Dr. Valladolid works hard to create a comfortable environment to help each patient open up about his concerns and desires. Based on what the patient has described, Dr. Valladolid develops a treatment plan tailored around those goals.

After male breast reduction, patients describe feeling comfortable in their own skin —sometimes for the first time in many years! Self-confidence blossoms, clothing fits better and physical activities and exercise are no longer a burden, thanks to gynecomastia treatment.

Who Can Benefit from Male Breast Reduction?

Male Breast Reduction in Mesa The most suitable candidates for male breast reduction are healthy men who are within their target weight range yet unhappy with the size of their breasts.

Surgery is not always the first recommendation for addressing gynecomastia. Depending on the cause of the condition, waiting to see if hormone levels stabilize or discontinuing certain substances or medications can have a positive effect on shrinking the chest. Plastic surgery becomes more appropriate for men who have seen the problem persist over many months or years.

Causes of Gynecomastia

Some of the reasons that men develop gynecomastia include:

  • Puberty: Teenage boys have hormone levels that fluctuate dramatically. When testosterone drops, this allows estrogen, a sex hormone that can cause enlargement of the breast tissue, to become more predominant. Most boys who develop gynecomastia at this age see the problem subside once hormone levels have stabilized.
  • Aging: Hormone fluctuation is also common for men after middle age since the body slowly decreases production of testosterone. As estrogen becomes a more dominant hormone, a man’s chest may grow.
  • Obesity: Men who are overweight produce extra estrogen. Losing weight may not be enough to address gynecomastia for these men if the size of the breast has been significantly influenced by hormones rather than fat.
  • Drugs and Alcohol: Though it does not affect all men, research has linked use of substances like alcohol, marijuana, heroin, and some amphetamines with gynecomastia.
  • Prescription Medicine: Doctor-prescribed drugs like certain antidepressants, steroids, antibiotics, HIV medicine, and heart medication have been known to trigger gynecomastia.

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What Does Surgery Involve?

Male breast reduction may involve liposuction, surgical excision or both techniques, depending on the degree of correction needed and the composition of the breasts.

Men whose breasts are enlarged due to excess fat may achieve their desired chest contour through liposuction alone. Dr. Valladolid creates small openings in the chest skin and uses a thin, hollow tube called a cannula to break up and remove the unwanted fat. He works meticulously to sculpt a flatter, firmer chest.

Men whose breasts are large due to excess fat and glandular tissue need surgical excision (i.e., cutting out the breast tissue). Through an incision encircling the areola, Dr. Valladolid removes excess glandular tissue and skin. He can incorporate liposuction techniques to remove fatty tissue, and he can also reduce oversized areolas if desired.

In cases where the breasts are large and saggy, the excision may need to be performed through a larger inframammary incision that includes the excess skin, fat and breast tissue. Sometimes a free nipple graft may be required in these cases.

Recovering from Male Breast Reduction

Recovery varies by patient and by treatment plan. Men who have liposuction alone normally have a slightly shorter and easier recovery than men who have surgical excision and liposuction.

Patients are usually fitted with a special compression garment that aids in the healing process. This garment should be worn for a few weeks to support the healing tissues. Bruising, swelling, a feeling of tightness across the chest and slight discomfort are common after surgery.

Most patients can resume work and light exercise within a week or two of surgery. More strenuous activity is permitted after about two weeks, and patients can resume upper body workouts incrementally starting four to six weeks after surgery.

Male Breast Reduction Results

The patient’s chest will look more proportional immediately following surgery, although the swelling must subside before the full, masculine contours are visible.

Most men who have this surgery can maintain their results indefinitely. This is most easily achieved by men who keep a steady weight. However, some men may see their breast tissue re-enlarge due to reasons such as hormone fluctuation and medication use.

Male Breast Reduction FAQs

At what age does gynecomastia strike?

Male Breast Reduction in Scottsdale Gynecomastia is most likely to affect teenage boys and older men, but men of all ages have been diagnosed with this condition.

Can enlarged breast tissue be eliminated with a healthy lifestyle?

Some men have oversized breasts because they are overweight, so they can recontour this area with diet and exercise. However, that is not true of gynecomastia. Instead, the condition occurs due to dense glandular tissue, which cannot be corrected by burning calories and limiting their intake. For true gynecomastia, the most practical solution is plastic surgery.

What kind of scars will I have after male breast reduction?

Scarring can be expected after any surgery, and male breast reduction is no exception. While these scars will fade dramatically with time, they will never disappear completely. Fortunately, Dr. Valladolid is careful to place his incisions along your natural lines (such as around the areolas or along the lower crease of the chest) so that they are barely noticeable.

What is the cost of male breast reduction?

The total cost of male breast reduction depends on the techniques that Dr. Valladolid uses to flatten the chest. If a combination of tissue removal and liposuction are necessary, this may cost more. After examining your upper torso during a consultation, Dr. Valladolid can provide a quote. Financing options are available through CareCredit, a leading medical lender.

Gynecomastia Treatment with Dr. Valladolid

If you are interested in discussing male breast reduction with Dr. Valladolid, please contact one of his offices in Scottsdale or Mesa by calling (480) 770-5015 today.