Male Breast Reduction Surgery in Houston, TX
What is Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is breast enlargement in men. Enlarged male breasts can be caused by many factors, including obesity, hormonal imbalances, certain medical conditions, hereditary conditions, or taking certain drugs or medications. Some men feel pain associated with the growth and are bothered by the appearance. Surgery is performed by Dr. Kimberly Carpin to remove the excess breast tissue.
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Who is a candidate for gynecomastia surgery?
Healthy males with bothersome excessive breast tissue are good candidates.
A medical evaluation by your primary care physician should be performed to identify any medical conditions contributing to the gynecomastia before pursuing surgery.
How is Male Breast Reduction Surgery Performed?
Gynecomastia surgery is performed in the operating room, under heavy sedation or general anesthesia. Scars vary depending on the amount of breast tissue removed. If the breast has mild excess skin, the incision is concealed around the areola and scarring is minimal. If the breast tissue is excessive and the breast and areola are sagging, additional skin removal is needed, resulting in a longer scar. The extra breast tissue is removed and liposuction is then performed to contour the remaining chest area. A light dressing and compression wrap are applied. Patients go home on the same day of surgery.
What Results Can I Expect from Male Breast Reduction Surgery?
Gynecomastia surgery removes excess fat and breast tissue, resulting in a well-contoured chest and normally sized areola.
What is the Recovery from Gynecomastia Surgery?
Patients experience pain, swelling, and bruising. Most patients return to work within a few days to a week. Heavy exercise/lifting is permitted four weeks after surgery. A compression vest is recommended for 4 weeks post surgery to decrease swelling.
How Much Does Male Breast Reduction Surgery Cost?
Gynecomastia surgery cost is around $5,000 to $7,000. In some cases, insurance may cover the costs.
Are There Risks to a Gynecomastia Procedure?
Risks include infection, swelling, bleeding, sensation loss, or contour irregularities. Additional risks will be discussed during your consultation with Dr. Carpin.
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What Causes Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is caused by a variety of conditions, including the following:
- Hormone imbalances – Fluctuations in hormone levels can oftentimes cause an increase in estrogen levels, which can lead to gynecomastia. This is seen most commonly during puberty or later in life due to aging or other medical conditions.
- Certain medical conditions – Certain underlying medical conditions, such as hypogonadism or hyperthyroidism, may increase your risk of developing gynecomastia.
- Medication – Certain medications, such as antidepressants, anti-androgens, and anabolic steroids, can disrupt hormone levels, causing gynecomastia. In addition, medications that treat heart failure and high blood pressure, and even herbal supplements, can also cause this condition. It is also important to note that certain illicit drugs may also cause breast swelling in males. These include amphetamines, opioids, and marijuana.
- Lifestyle choices – Lifestyle choices, such as excess alcohol consumption, overeating, and lack of exercise, can also be contributing factors to gynecomastia.
How Common is Gynecomastia?
Can Gynecomastia Be Prevented?
If gynecomastia is caused by hormonal changes, you may not be able to prevent it from occurring. However, you can reduce your risk of developing the condition by switching certain types of medications you are taking, living a healthier lifestyle, and seeking treatment if you have a substance abuse disorder.
Does a Male Breast Reduction Procedure Leave Scars?
What Are The Complications of Gynecomastia?
Males with gynecomastia may have a slightly higher risk of developing breast cancer. Speak to your primary care provider if you notice any unusual changes to the breast tissue. In addition, it is not uncommon to become self-conscious over their appearance due to having gynecomastia. If you are suffering from anxiety or depression, you should also speak to a mental health professional.
Will Gynecomastia Return After Surgery?
While recurrence is rare, it is not impossible. If gynecomastia is caused by hormonal imbalances, not addressing the underlying issue can cause a recurrence. The same holds true if gynecomastia is caused by poor lifestyle choices.
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