Male Breast Surgery
If you are bothered by the feeling that your breasts are too large, consider surgery for gynecomastia treatment in Gainesville. Good candidates for this surgery are:
- Males that are physically healthy and of a stable, normal weight
- Males that do not have life-threatening illness or health conditions
- Males whose condition cannot be corrected through alternative medical treatments
- Males whose breast development has stabilized
- Men with realistic expectations and a positive outlook
Details Of The Gynecomastia Procedure
After an initial consultation with a surgeon to discuss goals, concerns, and the patient’s medical history, intravenous sedation or general anesthesia is administered on the day of the surgery. The extra breast tissue is then removed through liposuction techniques or excision techniques. For the first, a cannula, or a thin and hollow tube, is inserted through several incisions and moved back and forth to loosen excess fat, which is then removed by vacuum suction.
The second method is used when the surgeon needs to remove glandular tissue and/or excess skin, reduce the size of the areola or reposition the nipple. Sometimes both methods are combined. Incision patterns vary depending on individual patients’ conditions and preferences.
After your Gainesville male breast reduction surgery, dressings or bandages will be applied to the incisions to minimize swelling and support your new chest contour as it heals. A thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain excess blood or fluid that may accumulate. Your surgeon will provide specific instructions for postoperative care of surgical sites and drains, including required downtime and follow-up visits. Dr. Tyrone may provide oral medications to aid healing, reduce pain and decrease the potential for infection. If you experience shortness of breath, chest pain or an unusual heartbeat, seek medical attention immediately.
Causes of Gynecomastia
Generally, gynecomastia is triggered by low levels of testosterone compared with those of estrogen. This can be the result of conditions or agents that reduce the levels or block the effects of testosterone or, on the flip side, increase estrogen levels. The following are some of the things that can induce hormonal imbalances.
Natural Hormonal Changes
Both testosterone and estrogen are naturally occurring hormones in the male body. However, if estrogen levels are too high or out of balance with testosterone levels, gynecomastia can occur. Some life stages put boys and men at increased risk of gynecomastia. For example, most male infants are born with enlarged breasts due to their mother’s estrogen. Generally, this swelling goes away within three weeks. Puberty is also a time of hormonal changes during which gynecomastia is common. The swollen breast tissue usually goes back to normal within six months to two years. Finally, the prevalence of gynecomastia peaks among men in their 50s and 60s, especially if they are or have been overweight.
Any condition that interferes with normal testosterone production, such as pituitary insufficiency or Klinefelter’s syndrome, can cause gynecomastia. Thyroid issues, kidney failure, cirrhosis or liver failure, malnutrition and tumors involving the testes, adrenal glands or the pituitary gland are other risk factors.
Some medications can cause or exacerbate gynecomastia. These include anabolic steroids and androgens used to enhance athletic performance; anti-androgens used to treat prostate conditions; anti-anxiety medications, antidepressants; antibiotics; AIDS or HIV medications; ulcer medications; heart medications; and cancer treatments, especially for testicular cancer.
Abusing alcohol and drugs such as marijuana, heroin, amphetamines and methadone can cause gynecomastia. Some plant oils, such as lavender or tea tree, used in shampoos, lotions, and various skin-care products have also been associated with the condition.