How To Tell If You Have Gynecomastia

Last year alone, 26,839 patients opted for male breast reduction surgery in the US. Known as gynecomastia, enlarged breast tissue in men can affect the way a man’s body looks as well as how they feel about themselves.

How To Tell If You Have Gynecomastia

For those considering gynecomastia surgery, it’s important to understand if you’re a good candidate and whether the procedure will help you achieve your body goals.

Do You Have Gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia can occur at any age and is characterized by over-developed or enlarged breasts in men. Causes include hormonal changes, certain drugs, excessive weight gain, and hereditary conditions.

How Do I know I Have Gynecomastia? What are the Symptoms of it?

Symptoms you may be experiencing:

  • Swollen and enlarged breasts
  • Sagging breasts
  • Stretched areolas
  • Tender chest area
  • Fibrous and moveable tissue below the nipple
  • Asymmetrical breasts

Your surgeon will be able to determine the underlying cause of the gynecomastia and recommend the right procedure. Assessments may include testing your endocrine function, performing detailed measurements (size, shape, nipple placement, and skin quality), and taking photographs for your medical records. The type of gynecomastia you’re experiencing will influence the corrective procedure your surgeon will recommend.

For example, glandular tissue gynecomastia is caused by excess breast tissue under the nipple-areolar complex, so surgery will involve removing the bulging tissue. Alternatives treatments include liposuction for localized fat in the chest and skin-tightening procedures for excess loose skin.

Why Should I Consider Male Boob Reduction Surgery?

As a condition characterized by enlarged breasts in males, more men than ever are considering gynecomastia surgery.
Living with gynecomastia can be difficult for men of any age. You may even find yourself being ridiculed by others, or simply too embarrassed to take your top off. This can cause much emotional discomfort, causing low self-esteem as a result.
Gynecomastia surgery is a corrective procedure that’ll resolve the issue and give you more self-confidence.

Who Should Consider Male Breast Reduction Surgery? Is it Right for you?

If you’re suffering with self-image issues:
This can present itself through a lack of intimate relationships, embarrassment when taking your top off, avoidance of specific physical activities, or even struggling to find clothing that will hide the gynecomastia.
It hasn’t self-corrected
Although men can develop gynecomastia at any age, the issue can be seen in adolescents as they hit puberty, as breast tissue starts to develop and hormonal imbalances occur. However, in many cases, it subsides over time as hormones stabilize.
Alternative treatment is not an option
Depending on the gynecomastia cause, a man may be able to explore other options first such as reducing fat in the chest and breast areas through a healthy diet and exercise. If excess breast tissue is the issue, surgery may be your only option.
Gynecomastia surgery can have a powerful effect on the way a man sees himself and improve his self-confidence for good. A knowledgeable surgeon will establish the cause and take you through your choices.

Are You a Good Candidate for the Surgery?

During your consultation, your surgeon will discuss why you want the procedure and what your body goals are. Not everyone is a good candidate for surgery, but there are certain factors that may determine whether you choose to go ahead with the treatment.

Gynecomastia Surgery may be the right choice for candidates:

  • Experiencing emotional discomfort and low self-confidence due to their gynecomastia
  • Hiding their condition due to self-image issues e.g., by avoiding intimacy and certain clothing or physical activities (such as swimming)
  • For whom alternative medical treatments, actions or therapies won’t correct the condition
  • Who feel bothered that their breasts are too large
  • Who have been through puberty and won’t experience further breast development (sometimes gynecomastia can self-correct)
  • Who are healthy and fit enough for both surgery and the healing process afterward
  • Who are in a normal weight range and don’t plan on losing significant amounts of weight
  • With specific body goals and how they want their body to look

While adolescents can benefit from surgery, future procedures may be required if breast development has not stabilized.

Most of all, deciding to undergo gynecomastia surgery should be your own choice, using the guidance of a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon to assess your needs and see how they can help

Want to Discuss Your Needs?

Considering gynecomastia surgery in Phoenix, AZ? Dr. Mazaheri is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon in Scottsdale and is a member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons with over 20 years of experience. Taking the time to listen to your needs, he’ll work closely with you to establish your goals and find the right solution for you.

Honesty, integrity, and trust are the building blocks of a successful Doctor/Patient relationship. Dr. Mazaheri will take the time to listen carefully to your needs and concerns. Utilizing his in-depth surgical knowledge, Dr. Mazaheri and his team can help you craft the perfect plan to reach your personal goals.

Plastic Surgery can be an intimidating adventure. However, with Dr. Mazaheri and his friendly staff, you can trust that they will only recommend procedures that will help you achieve your desired results. Focusing on your needs both before and after a procedure is Dr. Mazaheri’s top priority. Confidence Is Contagious™. Take the first step on your journey and schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Mazaheri today!

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