Gynecomastia (enlarged breast tissue in men) is a common problem for millions of American men today. Up to 70% of men aged 50-69 and about 50-60% of younger men currently have gynecomastia. If gynecomastia makes you feel uncomfortable and embarrassed, The Pacific Coast Center for Oral, Facial & Cosmetic Surgery’s expert surgeon Husam Elias, MD, DMD, FACS, offers a surgery that can help. Call the Pasadena, California, office or use online booking to schedule your consultation now.
Gynecomastia is enlarged glandular breast tissue in men. It usually affects both breasts, but can occur on just one side. Gynecomastia is often both uncomfortable and embarrassing.
The most obvious symptom of gynecomastia is excess breast tissue. Usually, you can feel rubbery or solid extra tissue beneath your nipples and areola if you have gynecomastia. Some men also have breast tenderness, swelling, and nipple discharge.
No. Gynecomastia is benign (noncancerous), but it can sometimes have symptoms consistent with breast cancer, such as swelling and nipple discharge. About one in 1,000 men develops breast cancer, so your providers rule breast cancer out through a physical exam and mammogram and/or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) if needed.
Gynecomastia happens with hormone imbalance. Usually, this means your estrogen level is too high compared to your testosterone level. This hormone imbalance can occur in many different ways:
Medications like antiandrogens, antianxiety drugs, and antidepressants can trigger hormone imbalance. Street drugs, including anabolic steroids, amphetamines, and heroin can also cause hormone issues leading to gynecomastia.
Conditions like hypogonadism, hyperthyroidism, liver failure, and malnutrition can all affect your hormone levels and lead to gynecomastia.
It's normal to have hormone changes as you age. If you're overweight, you're especially prone to gynecomastia as you age.
The Pacific Coast Center for Oral, Facial & Cosmetic Surgery uncovers the root cause of your gynecomastia to formulate the optimal treatment.
Treatment depends on your situation and needs:
Treating the underlying condition can sometimes resolve gynecomastia. For example, if you're overweight, dropping extra weight can help. But if you have extra sagging skin, surgery is the only way to remove it.
At this time, there are no FDA-approved drugs for gynecomastia, but certain medications, such as drugs intended to treat breast cancer, may reduce breast tissue in some men.
Surgery can include liposuction, surgical skin removal, or both. Liposuction removes the excess fat, and surgical excision removes the excess skin and glandular tissue. After surgery, you wear a compression garment and will heal over a 4-6 week period.
Another option for mild cases of gynecomastia in which you don’t have excess skin may be BodyTite, a minimally invasive procedure that combines radiofrequency energy and liposuction. It tightens the skin while removing extra fatty tissue.
The Pacific Coast Center for Oral, Facial & Cosmetic Surgery tailors your surgery for your desired results. Learn how gynecomastia surgery can help you by calling the office or booking online now.