Gynecomastia (Male Breast Reduction)
Conveniently located to serve Scottsdale, Phoenix, and Tucson
Men can have undesirable breast growth from several causes. Most typical is having a genetic tendency. Gynecomastia from puberty usually goes away on its own in a few years. Breast development that doesn’t go away on its own can be treated. Other causes are certain drugs and medications, along with medical conditions like hormonal imbalance, liver disease, various forms of cancer, and thyroid disorders. It is important to first determine the cause of the gynecomastia before proceeding with surgery to try to prevent recurrence.
Gynecomastia can manifest in the form of excess glandular breast tissue or excess fatty tissue. The composition of the male breast often involves both types of tissue. In some cases, excess skin is also present. The exact composition of the patient’s male breast will be determined during a consultation.
Should I Get Male Breast Reduction?
Gynecomastia is typically benign, or non-cancerous, so there is no immediate health risk. The actual increase in volume of the male breasts themselves, however, can be a source of insecurity for patients. Large breasts on men is often seen as unflattering and can reduce self-esteem.
In order to correct this issue, a male breast reduction procedure is often necessary. This is currently the most effective method of addressing it in a permanent manner.
If the patient is otherwise healthy aside from the gynecomastia, they are ideal for this procedure. Patients who have finally reached a stable weight and are not at risk of gaining or losing a significant amount are good candidates, as well. Non-smokers are also excellent candidates for male breast reduction.
Simple gynecomastia involving just fat in that region is treated with liposuction. The incisions are hidden along the edge of the areola or in the armpit.
Gynecomastia with actual breast tissue requires that the tissue be surgically removed. This is usually done with an incision part way around the areola, which is an area that typically scars very well and becomes difficult to see. Since men can get breast cancer too, any breast tissue removed is sent to pathology.
Patients with excess tissue AND a lot of skin, can require removal of the excess skin. Here the incisions are around the areola and then in the fold under the breast.
Gynecomastia Treatment Cost
The cost of gynecomastia surgery varies from patient to patient. The techniques used play a role in determining the price of male breast reduction surgery, as do anesthesia fees and the amount of tissue being removed.
Schedule Your Consultation
To find effective permanent treatment for gynecomastia, Scottsdale patients can contact our office and arrange an appointment for a consultation. Dr. Deborah White, a skilled plastic surgeon, will be happy to help.
Your Gynecomastia (Male Breast Reduction) procedure will be performed in Dr. White’s surgery center located in Scottsdale, AZ, just outside of Phoenix and Tucson