What You Need to Know about Gynecomastia Surgery Q&A
Gynecomastia in male patients can be effectively treated with a surgery for a considerable improvement in psychological well-being and self-confidence. Gynecomastia surgery is provided by Dr. Eric Li to enhance the shape of the male chest by removing extra skin, fat, and glandular tissue from male breasts. We are located at 555 Knowles Drive, Suite 218 Los Gatos, CA 95032. For more information, contact us or request an appointment online.
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Gynecomastia is a medical condition characterized by the enlargement or swelling of breast tissue in men. This condition can affect one side of the chest or appear on both sides simultaneously but with varying degrees of severity. The severity of gynecomastia can range from quite inconspicuous to very prominent. In addition, this condition is not confined by age, as it can affect males at various stages of life, although it is more frequently observed in adolescents undergoing puberty, and older males, associated with obesity.
Although this condition doesn’t typically pose a significant medical risk, its impact is not to be underestimated, as gynecomastia can cause physical discomfort and significantly impact a man’s emotional well-being. It’s very important to recognize that even non-threatening conditions can have profound effects on a person’s self-esteem and body confidence.
At CA Aesthetics, we have an in-depth understanding of gynecomastia and significant experience in treating this condition. Our team acknowledges the nuanced ways in which this condition affects men of different ages. By scheduling a consultation with us, you can explore effective surgical treatment to enhance both your physical comfort and overall quality of life.
Gynecomastia often emerges as a result of hormonal fluctuations. As such, the condition’s onset is most commonly observed during periods of life marked by significant hormonal changes, such as adolescence.
Researchers emphasize the major role of hormonal dynamics, involving estrogen, associated with the female endocrine system, and testosterone, associated with the male endocrine system. When the equilibrium between estrogen and testosterone becomes disrupted, gynecomastia can appear as a visible symptom. However, hormonal interactions are just one contributor to this multifaceted condition. Numerous other triggers can also bring on gynecomastia, such as:
• Medications, such as antibiotics, anti-androgens, anabolic steroids, and some HIV medications.
• Illicit substances, including marijuana, heroin, amphetamines, and methadone.
• Alcohol consumption.
• Thyroid conditions.
• Impaired kidney or liver function.
• Certain herbal components found in skincare and bath products.
In most cases, gynecomastia cannot be entirely prevented. However, adopting measures such as moderating alcohol intake, refraining from drug use, and reviewing your medication regimen can all help to minimize potential triggers. If you’re affected by gynecomastia, and the condition is present in the absence of any known cause or persists despite treating known causes, surgery becomes the only effective treatment option available to eliminate gynecomastia.
If your enlarged breast tissue occurs due to an underlying thyroid disorder or other medical cause, addressing the root of your condition can sometimes decrease the amount of abnormal tissue present. In cases where medications contribute to breast enlargement, it is advised to adjust your dosage or explore alternative options. However, surgical intervention remains the most effective solution for treating persistent gynecomastia.
In most scenarios, a combination of liposuction and excision techniques is needed to comprehensively remove enlarged and abnormal breast tissues. Skin excision may also be recommended when nipple repositioning or significant excess skin is present. Dr. Li carefully determines the incision placement based on your chest contours and the extent of the tissue removal required. He will always try to minimize visible scarring to optimize aesthetic outcomes. The entire operation is carried out under general anesthesia or in select scenarios under local anesthesia to ensure your comfort.
During the recovery period after surgery, it is crucial to give your body plenty of time to rest and refrain from strenuous activities for a minimum of 4-6 weeks to ensure proper healing. Before long, you’ll be back to your normal routine, but with a heightened self-image.
All your questions about gynecomastia and male breast reduction surgery can be answered through a personalized consultation with Dr. Li. Achieving your ideal chest and feeling confident while shirtless is possible with CA Aesthetics. Start the process by calling our clinic to schedule your consultation appointment. We are located at 555 Knowles Drive, Suite 218 Los Gatos, CA 95032. For more information, contact us or request an appointment online. We serve clients all over Bay Area CA from Los Gatos CA, Campbell CA, Saratoga CA, Cupertino CA, San Jose CA, Mountain View CA, and surrounding areas.