Gynecomastia is the medical term for male breast enlargement. It is a condition that can create a feminine-like appearance to the chest due to excess breast tissue. Oftentimes, gynecomastia is caused by an underlying hormonal issue. This condition can also be caused by certain drugs, steroids, major weight gain, or genetics. Men with this issue tend to feel anxious and embarrassed, most commonly in situations where their upper body and chest are visible, such as at the beach, pool, or gym. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Younghoon Cho performs cosmetic chest reduction surgery for men who have gynecomastia. This procedure has a high success rate and can help men achieve a more masculine shape. Contact Chiseled in Spring, TX near The Woodlands to learn more.
Minimally Invasive Gynecomastia Surgery
The innovative and widely sought-after technology known as BodyTite® can also be used to treat gynecomastia in cases that are not severe enough to warrant invasive surgery. During your consultation at our facility, our team will inform you of all of your options to determine which one is most likely to deliver the desired results.
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"Lip Lift/corner Lift/lip Reduction - Hello, I have been roaming these reviews and thought it was time to share my experience. On 09/09, I had a lip lift with corner lift and lip reduction. I know it’s an odd combination, but I had a fairly short philtrum to begin with, and my goal was to have more teeth show. I will be three weeks post and here are my thoughts/highlights so far:Day 1-5 : Oh my god, the swelling. After surgery, my face just looked...distorted. The swelling was beyond anything I’ve ever experienced before (remember, I had a reduction too). The pain wasn’t too bad post surgery, with the pain peaking maybe 6 hours post. I took one pill for pain and that was all I needed.Day 5: On day 5, I had my stitches removed. Day 7: By day 7, my swelling was reduced and not really as offensive. I felt almost presentable. Current status: I am definitely still tight at the nose, corners, and at the wet/dry border. I cannot smile fully which is frustrating. Most of my swelling appears to be gone but my lip is pretty hard and lumpy at the reduction incision. My scars are still there but definitely hard to see if you’re not looking. I’m about to see a friend I’ve know for years; the real test will be to see if he’ll notice. Highlights:1. You will swell. I took pictures almost daily at the start but I’m not sure that’s a good idea. At the very least, I would not obsess over how it looks initially as it will surely change and evolve over time. 2. The scars will have good days and bad days. Per my doctor’s recommendation, I started to use a silicone ointment as soon as my stitches were removed. I think it’s very important to intervene early on and to remember your scar will evolve over a year plus. Right after my stitch removal, my scar looked perfect. Currently however, it’s gotten bumpy. This is completely normal for it to change. So I guess my advice is, even if your scar looks great initially, be sure to manage your scar for an extended period of time as your scar will continue to remodel for 12 months+. Smiling: Not being able to laugh or smile is the real bummer for me. When my hilarious friend tells me a joke, I want to laugh untrammeled. I am not trying to equate what I feel at all close to depression, but it almost seems like the inability to express has muted my emotions. If you are a smiley, laughy person, expect to feel a bit “unsettled.” Laughing and smiling constitutes a huge part of my personality, and right now, I can’t be fully me. I’m voting “not sure” as it’s still early. However my doctor is FANTASTIC. I think he did everything right for me to have a fantastic experience, now let’s see how my body responds."- M. / RealSelf / Sep 29, 2020
Candidates for gynecomastia Surgery
Male breast reduction surgery is reserved for men who have excess fat around their chest that cannot be reduced with diet and exercise. If you're troubled by the size and shape of your chest (but are healthy and at a good weight), then you might be a candidate for gynecomastia surgery. Teenagers may also benefit from this procedure; however, additional surgery may be warranted later during adulthood if excess breast tissue continues to form. During your consultation with Dr. Cho, he can assess your condition and review your medical history to determine whether gynecomastia surgery is right for you.
Gynecomastia surgery is an outpatient procedure often performed on-site at Chiseled in Spring, TX. We generally use liposuction during this procedure to remove excess fat from the chest wall. Next, we carefully trim away any lax skin to produce a more masculine look and then surgically reshape the nipple area and surrounding areola and place them in a proper position. In most cases, this method requires a small incision in the natural folds of the chest to reduce the appearance of surgical scarring. After removing the unwanted fat and loose skin, Dr. Cho will tighten the remaining skin.
after your GYNECOMASTIA SURGERY
Following your gynecomastia treatment, your chest will be secured with a compression bandage to help control swelling, bleeding, and bruising. For complex cases where Dr. Cho uses a reconstructive technique, he may place a small tube for draining fluid. Generally, the results of gynecomastia surgery are immediately noticeable, and most men are extremely pleased with the physical enhancement. The incisions made during surgery take a few weeks to heal, and scarring is usually barely visible. In cases where excess skin was present and removed, scarring may be more prevalent. With your new, more masculine-appearing chest, you can show off your body confidently.
Frequently Asked Questions
What causes gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia usually develops in men because of a hormonal imbalance. In many cases, gynecomastia is linked to the use of anabolic steroids or androgens. It can also be the result of using illegal drugs, including heroin and marijuana. Gynecomastia might also be caused by certain medical conditions (for example, hyperthyroidism, hypogonadism, or tumors), as well as some medications (for example, highly active antiretroviral therapy for AIDS, chemotherapy, or anti-anxiety medications).
How can I tell if I have gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is excessive breast tissue growth in a male chest and can cause tenderness, swelling, and pain. Some men may have false gynecomastia (also known as pseudogynecomastia), so Dr. Cho suggests that patients lose weight by following an exercise plan and a healthy diet before seeking treatment for gynecomastia. If you still have enlarged chest at a healthy weight, Dr. Cho can examine your condition and order diagnostic tests, which may include blood tests, a mammogram, or a biopsy to rule out other causes, like breast cancer or mastitis (infection of the breast tissue).
Can gynecomastia be treated with exercise or pills?
Male breast reduction surgery is the most effective treatment for gynecomastia. Currently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved any medications to treat gynecomastia. Although they are not approved for the treatment of gynecomastia, some breast cancer medications (Tamoxifen or Raloxifene) may have limited effects. Strength training to build the pectoral muscles cannot reduce excess breast tissue and could even make the chest appear larger.
Will this fix puffy or pointy nipples?
Puffy or pointy nipples may be caused by glandular gynecomastia. If you are concerned about this, please talk to Dr. Cho during your consultation. He can customize your treatment plan to select the best technique and incision pattern to improve your nipples. Large areolas can also be corrected during male breast reduction surgery. It's crucial to be open and honest with Dr. Cho about all of your needs and goals during your consultation, so he can ensure you get the best results.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $6,000 - $10,000
- Recovery Time
- 4 – 6 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 1 – 3 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- Next Day
- Procedure Recovery Location
Restore your Masculine Chest
If you are frustrated with the side effects of gynecomastia, we invite you to get in touch with our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Cho to learn more about our male breast reduction procedure at Chiseled. After treatment for gynecomastia (male breast enlargement), you can stop covering up your chest when you go to the gym or beach. We've helped many Spring, TX men and have enjoyed helping them regain their self-esteem.
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