Gynecomastia in McLean, VA

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what is Gynecomastia surgery?

Gynecomastia is a male-specific condition that causes abnormal growth of the breast tissue. Many times, gynecomastia is caused by a reduction in testosterone or an abnormal increase in estrogen. Other factors that can contribute to this condition may include certain medications, steroids, weight gain, and/or genetics. Men with this issue typically feel self-conscious about their figure and desire a more masculine-looking chest. McLean, VA plastic surgeon Dr. Alex Mesbahi offers surgical breast reduction for men who have gynecomastia. This surgical procedure has a very high success rate and has helped countless men achieve a more toned and proportionate contour. If you are interested in learning more, call Mesbahi Plastic Surgery in McLean, VA, Washington, D.C., or Beverly Hills, CA today.

who is a Candidate for gynecomastia surgery?

Male breast reduction surgery is reserved for men with visible excess breast tissue that cannot be corrected through diet and exercise. If you feel anxious or are bothered by the look of your chest and are at a healthy, stable weight, this surgery may be an ideal solution for you. Male teens may also benefit from gynecomastia surgery; however, a secondary procedure may be warranted later during adulthood if abnormal breast tissue continues to grow. During your initial appointment with Dr. Mesbahi, he can discuss the benefits and limitations of this procedure to help you make a well-informed decision on how to move forward toward achieving your cosmetic goals.

male breast reduction surgery

A form of liposuction is generally utilized during gynecomastia surgery. Performed under general anesthesia, liposuction reduces excess fat tissue from the chest wall. Next, any lax skin will be excised to create a tighter look, and then the areola and nipple will be surgically reshaped and placed into a proportionate position. Once the fat and loose skin have been removed, Dr. Mesbahi will tighten the remaining skin.

after your procedure

Following your gynecomastia surgery, the chest will be supported with a medical garment to help decrease swelling. In some cases, a small drain tube may be placed to assist with excess fluid. The outcomes following gynecomastia treatment are immediately noticeable, and most patients are extremely satisfied with their physical enhancement. The incisions made during this procedure take time to heal, and any scars left behind are often not noticeable with the naked eye. Once you heal and have received clearance from Dr. Mesbahi, you can start incorporating exercise and strength training to assist in complementing your new masculine figure.

gynecomastia surgery faqs

What causes gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia develops in men when there is a disruption in hormone balance. Typically, gynecomastia is connected to the long-term use of anabolic steroids or androgens. It may also be caused by using illegal drugs, including heroin and marijuana. Gynecomastia might also be caused by certain medical conditions or prescription drugs.

How can I tell if I have gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia occurs in men when there is an overgrowth of breast tissue in the chest, which may cause swelling, tenderness, and pain. Some patients might have pseudogynecomastia (false gynecomastia) so Dr. Mesbahi suggests patients try to lose weight with an exercise plan and a healthy diet before seeking treatment for gynecomastia. If you still have excess breast tissue when you are at a healthy weight, Dr. Mesbahi can perform an examination and tests to diagnose gynecomastia. This might include blood tests, a mammogram, or a biopsy to look for other conditions, like an infection of the breast tissue (mastitis) or cancer.

Can gynecomastia be treated with exercise or pills?
The most effective treatment for gynecomastia is male breast reduction surgery. Currently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hasn't approved any medications for the treatment of gynecomastia. Although they are not approved for gynecomastia, some breast cancer medications (Tamoxifen or Raloxifene) might give you minimal improvements. Upper body weight training to build the pectoral muscles cannot reduce the excess breast tissue and could make the breasts appear larger.

Will this fix puffy or pointy nipples?
Puffy or pointy nipples may be caused by glandular gynecomastia. If you are concerned about this, be sure to tell Dr. Mesbahi during your consultation. He will customize your treatment plan to select the best technique and incision pattern to improve your nipples. Oversized areolas can also be reduced in surgery for gynecomastia. It is crucial to be open with Dr. Mesbahi about your needs and goals in your consultation so he can help you attain the best results possible.

Restore your Masculine Chest

If you suffer from the effects of male breast enlargement (gynecomastia), call Mesbahi Plastic Surgery in McLean, VA, Washington, D.C., or Beverly Hills, CA to schedule a private consultation with Dr. Mesbahi. Once you've had treatment for gynecomastia, you won't have to keep hiding your chest when you go to the gym and beach. We have assisted many men in Northern Virginia and have enjoyed helping them reclaim their self-esteem.

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