Male Breast Reduction Los Angeles, CA
What is gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is the development of breasts or breast tissue in males. Most males develop the condition during puberty, and the breast tissue does not regress completely over time or some of the tissue remains. Sometimes gynecomastia develops due to the effects of certain types of drugs including marijuana, anabolic steroids, and certain types of antipsychotic drugs. There are other possibilities as well including increased androgens from tumors or enzyme conversion issues.
Why Do Patients Want Surgery to Correct Gynecomastia?
Patients may be bothered by the appearance both in and out of clothing. The condition may range from a “puffy” areola or nipple to more significant enlargement.
Gynecomastia correction (Male Breast Reduction) with Dr. Hughes in Los Angeles
The cause for gynecomastia is frequently idiopathic, meaning that the cause is unknown in most cases. There are numerous other causes for gynecomastia including anabolic steroids, marijuana, certain prescription medications, liver failure, and certain tumors, among other things. If you have taken such medications or have been diagnosed with such conditions please let Dr. Hughes know about this during your consultation.
There is a wide range of breast development among males including a small amount of breast tissue up to a large amount of breast tissue and skin that is droopy or loose. Depending upon where you fall in the gamut, Dr. Hughes will help you select the operation which is best for you.
Dr. Hughes Has Performed Every Possible Variation of Gynecomastia Correction or Male Breast Reduction
Dr. Hughes offers male breast reduction through a variety of minimal scar liposuction and excisional techniques, and most patients can be treated through these maneuvers. Though the conventional teaching has been that liposuction cannot remove breast tissue, Dr. Hughes has found that he can remove the breast tissue with liposuction alone. This allows for small segmental reduction of the breast to produce the best contour possible and avoid overresection, cratering, and contour deformities. This also provides for much less scarring and potential poor scarring concerns.
The skin overlying the breast tissue has great capability to contract after removal of tissue. In addition to the removal of the breast tissue, Dr. Hughes liposuctions the remainder of the chest to help create fantastic contours of the chest. Only in the more significant gynecomastia cases is the removal of skin necessary. Both types of surgeries are represented in the photo galleries for gynecomastia.
Your Surgery Day for Gynecomastia Correction with Dr. Hughes
Smaller gynecomastia procedures are performed under local anesthesia and oral sedation. This is a very well tolerated procedure that takes about an hour or less to complete. The patient goes home the same day and begins the recovery period.
The larger gynecomastia correction procedure which involves greater tissue removal as well as skin removal is usually performed under general anesthesia. This male reduction procedure takes less than 2 hours to complete, even in the most complicated of cases. The patient goes home the same day.
Recovery from Gynecomastia Surgery
The pain associated with the procedure is typically mild and may require only a few days of pain medication. The patient will need to wear a compression garment for several weeks to improve contours and assure that the skin heals to the underlying tissue without the develop of fluid collections. In uncomplicated cases with appropriate healing, the patient can return to exercise or more strenuous activity in a few weeks.
Gynecomastia Surgery (Male Breast Reduction) Photo Galleries of Dr. Hughes
BEFORE & AFTER GALLERY
Gynecomastia is the development of breasts or breast tissue in males.