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Gynecomastia/Male Breast Reduction

Gynecomastia removal is largely a cosmetic concern as there are generally no medical repercussions. 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 as well as excess skin.

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Dr. Kenneth Hughes, Harvard-trained, board-certified plastic surgeon, has performed all variations of gynecomastia surgery in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills. Gynecomastia is the development of breasts or breast tissue in males. Some males may want to reduce these breast masses with surgery, which is also referred to as male breast reduction. Most males develop gynecomastia 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, certain types of antipsychotic drugs, and increased androgens from tumors or enzyme conversion issues.

causes for gynecomastia

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. Kenneth Hughes know about this during your consultation in Los Angeles.

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. Kenneth Hughes will help you select the operation which is best for you.

gynecomastia removal procedure after massive weight loss

When some patients undergo male breast reduction, they may also want to undertake additional procedures due to massive weight loss and the skin damage that has been caused.  Tummy tuck is a very popular procedure under such circumstances as is lower body lift.  Some of these patients may have loose skin on the arms and thighs as well.  Variations of the arm lift and thigh lift may be important to reduce the skin envelope in these areas as well.

variations of gynecomastia surgery or male breast reduction

Dr. Kenneth 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. Kenneth Hughes has found that he can improve some male breast contours with liposuction alone. This allows for a small segmental reduction of the breast to produce the best contour possible and avoid over-resection, cratering, and contour deformities. This also provides for much less scarring and potential poor scarring concerns.

The skin overlying the breast tissue has the great capability to contract after the removal of tissue. In addition to the removal of the breast tissue, Dr. Kenneth Hughes may liposuction 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 correction in Los Angeles.

your gynecomastia surgery day in los angeles and beverly hills

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 development of fluid collections.  In uncomplicated cases with appropriate healing, the patient can return to exercise or more strenuous activity in a few weeks.

patient testimonial

This man is a genius. I had my 1st procedure done with Dr. Hughes in November 2014 and it was the best decision I ever made! He made the procedure seamless and stress-free, and I’m loving the results. Wish I would have called him sooner! Thank you, Dr. Hughes!!

gynecomastia surgery results

Simple gland excision through an infra-areolar approach results are readily apparent shortly after surgery.  After about 4 to 6 weeks, the patient can resume working out.  The scar may take several months to mature, soften, and depigment.  Larger male breast reductions with removal of skin will require 6 to 8 weeks before the scar becomes strong enough to prevent incision separation.  Swelling will reduce over the ensuing months and the scar maturation process can take up to 1 year. 

what is the cost of gynecomastia (male breast reduction) in los angeles and beverly hills?

Male breast reduction or gynecomastia removal surgery costs between $7500 to $15000 (depending upon the need for skin excision) in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills.

Please note that pricing and cost for gynecomastia correction (Male Breast Reduction) (local or general) may vary based on the individual needs of the patient.

arrange your male breast reduction consultation

To arrange your male breast reduction surgery in Los Angeles, you may contact the office of Dr. Kenneth Hughes for an informative consultation. Get in touch today to set up your appointment.