Gynecomastia

Maves Plastic Surgery Associates

Liposuction Contour Center and Plastic Surgery in Beach Park, IL & Chicago, IL

If you have gynecomastia, breast reduction surgery may be right for you. Generally, gynecomastia can be surgically treated by removing excess fat, glandular tissue and/or skin. In cases where gynecomastia is primarily the result of excess fat, liposuction techniques alone may be used. Excision techniques are used in cases that involve glandular tissue, fat, and excess skin. The result is a better proportioned, more masculine contoured upper body and the freedom and self-confidence to lead an active life. At Maves Plastic Surgery, with two locations serving the Beach Park, Schaumberg, and Irving Park neighborhoods of Chicago, Illinois, the team of experienced plastic surgeons frequently treats cases of gynecomastia that don’t go away over time. Book your consultation for gynecomastia treatment by phone or online today.

Gynecomastia Q & A

What is gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia is the condition of over-developed or enlarged breasts and is common in men of any age. It may be the result of hormonal changes, heredity, disease, or the use of certain drugs.

Gynecomastia is characterized in the breast by: 

  • Excess localized fat
  • Excess glandular tissue
  • A combination of both excess fat and glandular tissue.

You might expect gynecomastia to only appear during puberty, or gradually during your growth phase. In reality, gynecomastia can appear at any point in your life. You can even get it as a newborn baby. 

The good news about gynecomastia is that it isn’t serious on its own and sometimes disappears without treatment. However, it can affect your self-esteem and make you feel self-conscious about your body. This is why many men seek treatment as soon as they notice their new breast development.

What causes gynecomastia?

The primary cause of gynecomastia is an imbalance between the male hormone testosterone and the female hormone estrogen in your body. It might surprise you to find out that, despite your sex, you have healthy amounts of both. If you’re a man, you typically have more testosterone than estrogen. If you have too much estrogen or too little testosterone, you might develop gynecomastia.

There are also certain conditions that can cause gynecomastia as a symptom. You might see your breasts grow because of:

  • Puberty
  • Obesity
  • Malnutrition
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Adrenal gland tumors
  • Testicular tumors
  • Liver disease
  • Alcoholism

Sometimes, gynecomastia is linked to certain medications. Your physician at Maves Plastic Surgery can tell you whether or not your gynecomastia is the result of one of the medications you take and adjust your dosage if necessary.

What is the treatment for gynecomastia?

As previously stated, it is possible for gynecomastia to go away by itself as your hormones fall back into balance. In fact, most cases do. If your gynecomastia is the result of liver disease, malnutrition, or another underlying condition, you might require treatment from the team at Maves Plastic Surgery if you want to reduce your breast size. Treatments include:

Liposuction

The team at Maves Plastic Surgery uses AquaShape™ by bodyjet® to loosen and flush away your body fat cells using pulsating water pressure. The procedure takes less than an hour, and the results are immediately visible. 

Surgical excision

If excess breast tissue is the primary reason for your gynecomastia, your plastic surgeon may decide to move forward with a surgical excision procedure. For this, excess skin and tissue are removed from an incision made around the areola.

Your surgeon might also opt for a combination technique, which involves removing excess fat through liposuction, and then removing the excess tissue and skin through a surgical excision.

Gynecomastia surgery is performed under general anesthesia.

What is the recovery for gynecomastia surgery?

Gynecomastia surgery is an outpatient procedure, but men are required to have someone drive them hope and stay with them for the 24 hours following surgery. Patients should make sure they have a comfortable place in their homes to recover. Patients might experience bruising, swelling and some minor to moderate discomfort after the procedure, but these effects are temporary.

If you’re physically or mentally uncomfortable with having male breasts, and they don’t go away with time, call Maves Plastic Surgery for gynecomastia treatment or book a consultation online today.