Nearly one in four men between the ages of 50 and 70 suffer from gynecomastia, which is an often embarrassing growth of male breast tissue. Top New York plastic surgeon, Dr. Kenneth Rothaus, has a trusted record treating patients with gynecomastia by performing male breast reduction surgery to restore his patient’s body confidence and restoring a more masculine appearing chest wall. Rothaus Plastic Surgery offers gynecomastia surgery to men living in New York, the Upper East Side, Manhattan, Westchester, and the surrounding communities of New York.
Gynecomastia is a medical condition caused by a hormonal imbalance in males; the condition is an excessive growth in the small amount of breast tissue in male bodies. Gynecomastia most commonly starts during puberty and can seriously affect body confidence, as feminized breast tissue can be embarrassing for men.
Hormone imbalance between the sex hormones testosterone and oestrogen can cause breast tissue to grow. While it is normal for males to have some levels of oestrogen in their bodies, sometimes the levels of oestrogen increase or testosterone decrease, causing gynecomastia.
The five main types of gynecomastia are:
- Teenage gynecomastia
- Adult gynecomastia
- Steroid-induced gynecomastia
- Medication-induced gynecomastia
Certain medications or supplements that contain oestrogen can create a hormone imbalance leading to gynecomastia.
Excessive alcohol consumption can also create a hormone imbalance which can lead to gynecomastia. Drinking heavily and frequently can cause a long term decrease of testosterone, which allows oestrogen levels to raise. If you have gynecomastia, you may want to limit your drinking if it is excessive and frequent.
High doses of anabolic steroids may cause the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis to be suppressed, and it could take weeks, months or even longer to recover, in which time hormonal imbalances may still occur and lead to gynecomastia.
Certain health conditions may cause gynecomastia, such as kidney failure or liver disease. Klinefelter syndrome, lumps on testicles or testicular infection and side effects from anti-ulcer or heart disease medicine can also cause gynecomastia.
The best candidates for male breast reduction surgery are men with larger than normal breasts who wish to reduce their size. The patient should be at or near his optimal weight to avoid additional surgery. If the increase in breast tissue and fatty tissue has caused the skin to stretch and the breast to sag, Dr. Rothaus may use a skin tightening technique to improve the aesthetic result.
Realistic expectations are key to any surgical procedure. Maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle before and after surgery are paramount for any candidate for this procedure.
Your gynecomastia or male breast reduction consultation will involve a relavant physical examination in order for Dr. Rothaus to formulate the best treatment plan for you.
Your medical history will be discussed. Past surgical procedures, system conditions such as endocrine problems,and vitamins, supplements or medications may all have an impact on your suitability as a candidate for a gynecomastia procedure.
During the procedure, Dr. Rothaus will use a combination of surgical excision and liposuction to remove the excess tissue in the breasts. Usually, Dr. Rothaus will make an incision around the areola to minimize scarring, but in extreme cases (and very rarely) additional incisions and surgical techniques may be employed such as re-positioning the nipple. After surgery, bruising and swelling can be expected and should resolve within one to three weeks. The patient is required to wear a compression garment for two weeks after surgery to help with swelling. Heavy lifting and straining during exercise must be avoided for at least three weeks or until clearance is given by Dr. Rothaus.
Recovery Time: 1-2 weeks
Average Procedure Time: 1-2 hours
Procedure Recovery Location: Outpatient
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If you suffer from enlarged breasts, or gynecomastia specifically, and are considering undergoing male breast reduction surgery, please contact our office. Dr. Rothaus has performed this procedure on many male patients and will tailor the surgery to each individual patient’s needs. Rothaus Plastic Surgery offers gynecomastia treatment to patients residing in New York, Manhattan, Westchester, and the surrounding areas of New York.
The total cost of gynecomastia surgery varies from one patient to another. This highly individualized procedure is tailored specifically for each patient to address their specific concerns. The overall price may depend on the anesthetics, extent of work done, and additional surgeries performed in combination with male breast reduction surgery.
If you are considering breast reduction surgery in Westchester, you should choose the right surgeon. Consider selecting our board certified plastic and cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Rothaus to conduct your gynecomastia treatment. You should book a consultation with a plastic surgeon to see if they are the right fit for you, and if you are the right fit for breast reduction surgery.