Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia)
Gynecomastia or Male Breast Reduction in Chicago
Gynecomastia is a condition in which the male glandular and/or fatty breast tissue is overdeveloped, causing swelling and creating an unnatural appearance of the chest area. This can create a significant source of embarrassment and discomfort for men at any age. While gynecomastia itself is usually not a serious medical concern, it may be associated with certain medical problems and medications. At Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology we address gynecomastia with a personalized surgical approach designed to create ideal contours for your body shape.
Causes of Gynecomastia
Gynecomastia is caused by hormonal changes in which relative testosterone and estrogen levels are thrown out of balance. This type of hormonal shift can take place for a number of different reasons.
Puberty and aging – Gynecomastia can occur during puberty when hormone levels are in flux. It will often go away on its own once the phase of puberty finished. However, during the aging process, hormonal changes tend to be more permanent so gynecomastia can become an ongoing concern. Gynecomastia peaks in prevalence of men between the ages of 50 and 80 years-old.
Medications – Certain medications including antibiotics, chemotherapy, and steroids may lead to gynecomastia. This can subside when the use of medication ends but will depend on the extent of breast tissue growth.
Health conditions – Men who have hypothyroidism, liver or kidney failure, or tumors of the pituitary gland or adrenal glands are more likely to experience gynecomastia. Being overweight or obese also increases the chances of gynecomastia due the presence of excess fat, which stores estrogen in the body.
Male Breast Reduction
Sometimes gynecomastia will go away on its own, but often surgery is necessary to create a more favorable contour to the male chest area. At Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology, our board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Niki Christopoulos, will customize a plan for you based on your shape and tissues to reduce breast size and give you a firmer, flatter chest wall and improve your overall contour.
Liposuction – Liposuction is performed through small inconspicuous incisions and is best suited for men with primarily fatty breast tissue.
Surgical excision – This is usedin cases where it is necessary to remove more fibrous breast gland tissue, or if the areola needs to be repositioned or made smaller. This procedure involves the direct surgical excision of fat and breast tissue, and is usually performed through a small incision around the periphery of the areola.
Combination: Often times, both Liposuction and Surgical Excision are used together to obtain the desired end result.
Call Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology at 312-245-9965 and schedule a consultation with Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Niki Christopoulos, who will expertly guide you through a thorough evaluation and discuss which option is best for you.