Gynecomastia surgery has become increasingly more commonplace because it addresses excessive breast tissue in male patients.
Gynecomastia is the enlargement of the glandular tissues in a male's breasts. Glandular breast tissue can be responsible for enlarged breasts in males, especially in overweight patients because there is an amount of fatty tissue.
It is important to understand that fatty tissue and true gynecomastia, caused by glandular enlargement of the mammary glands, are not the same. The onset of gynecomastia may start in infancy or as late as puberty in young men, even ones that are completely healthy. Gynecomastia has even been witnessed in middle-aged and older men who never showed any symptoms or disorders.
The cause for gynecomastia is yet unknown but research indicate a wide range of factors may be linked to the condition.
One of the causes may be a hormonal imbalance with estrogens and androgens out of proportion. There are a number of factors with some of the proposed triggers, including medications, recreational drug abuse, thyroid, liver, and kidney conditions, and the use of several herbal substances like lavender and tea tree oil.
The medical industry has seen several medications have been introduced with the intention of treating gynecomastia. Doctors agree that the most efficient way to address the symptoms of gynecomastia is a surgical breast reduction procedure known as gynecomastia surgery.
The tissues are the same in men and women gynecomastia surgery meaning this becomes a simple male breast reduction, which is good news for male patients. What this means is a surgery with far less complications because the function of the mammary glands is of no concern and male patients usually display far less glandular tissue than female patients.
Depending on the extent of the surgery, breast reduction surgery for women is usually performed under general anesthesia but can also be performed under local anesthesia, a safer and faster way. The attending physician will explain all the details, including the anesthesia type, during your consultation.
A gynecomastia surgery involves the removal of excess breast tissue and, perhaps, excess fatty tissue as well. Excess skin can be trimmed away and the nipple re-centered if necessary.
Our male breast reduction surgery in Rancho Mirage is an outpatient procedure. A full recovery can take several months but you can resume normal and non-strenuous work and activity in as little as a couple of weeks.
Patients who exhibit symptoms of gynecomastia can contact Rancho Mirage Gynecomastia Surgery Specialist, Dr. Villanueva or Dr. Chopra at either of the The Plastic Surgery Institute offices in our Palm Desert location at 760.568.2211. Patients can also contact the doctors and make appointments for consultations through our contact page.
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