Gynecomastia is an often emasculating condition in which excess tissue in the chest produces the appearance of breasts in men. This condition often results from a decrease in the amount of testosterone, though obesity and other health issues may contribute to the problem as well. If you have struggled with controlling your gynecomastia, board-certified McLean plastic surgeon Dr. Roberta Gartside can help.
If you are dissatisfied with the appearance of your chest, please contact New Image Plastic Surgery Associates online or by calling 703-742-8004 today to schedule a male breast reduction consultation at our McLean or Reston, Virginia office.
Risk Factors for Gynecomastia
Hormonal changes during puberty can lead to gynecomastia. This will often correct itself with time providing a healthy and active lifestyle is adopted. Because obesity is a risk factor for this condition, it is important that young men who develop larger breasts take good care of their bodies to prevent long-term issues.
Other health-related causes of gynecomastia include hyperthyroidism, pituitary insufficiency, kidney failure, and cirrhosis of the liver.
In addition to health-related issues, risk factors include:
- Certain medications including some anti-androgens, AIDS medications, tricyclic antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications, ulcer medications, and heart medications
- Anabolic steroids and androgens
- Alcohol and drug use including marijuana, heroin, methadone, and amphetamines
- Age and genetics
Male Breast Reduction Surgery
The most effective way to deal with gynecomastia is through male breast reduction, though the exact technique used for this procedure will depend entirely on the cause of your condition. If fat alone is responsible for the feminization of your chest, Dr. Gartside will be able to address the problem with an advanced liposuction technique. If glandular tissue is present along with fat, your procedure will include a slightly larger incision to allow for complete removal and more effective contouring. The best way to learn which type of male breast reduction is best for your needs is by meeting with Dr. Gartside for a confidential and informative consultation.
To maintain and even enhance your male breast reduction procedure, you will need to adopt a healthy lifestyle complete with a well-balanced diet and plenty of exercise. During your initial consultation, Dr. Gartside can help you better understand what methods will be best for ensuing your procedure produces lasting results.
Male Breast Reduction Candidates
Male breast reduction candidates should be in generally good health and prepared for a surgical procedure. While recovery is different for every man, it is important that you are prepared to take some time off of work and are willing to limit physical activities until advised otherwise by Dr. Gartside. Depending on your needs, Dr. Gartside may recommend combining male plastic surgery procedures for optimal results. This, along with your candidacy for male breast reduction, will be based on factors unique to your anatomy and discussed as appropriate during your consultation.