Gynecomastia is enlarged breast tissue in men. It’s a common condition that can be resolved with medical interventions. However, you may need male breast reduction surgery if you have gynecomastia that fails to improve with medical care. Jean-Paul Leva, DO, at Leva Medical in the Elmhurst neighborhood in the borough of Queens in New York City, perform male breast reduction procedures. To schedule a consultation, call the office or request an appointment online today.
Gynecomastia is male breast enlargement. It may affect one or both breasts. It’s a common condition that usually occurs due to an imbalance in testosterone and estrogen hormones.
Gynecomastia affects males of all ages but is more common during infancy, puberty, and older adulthood. Hormone imbalance usually causes enlarged breasts during infancy and puberty, and the breast size naturally declines as the hormones balance out.
It’s also common in men over 50 due to a decrease in testosterone production. Older adults may also have more body fat, which tends to increase estrogen production.
Certain medications may also cause enlarged breast tissue in men, including medications for anxiety, depression, and an enlarged prostate.
Gynecomastia may resolve on its own once hormone levels balance out or with changes in medication. Treatment for an underlying medical condition may also shrink breast size in men.
Health care providers may give medications that block the production of estrogen.
However, when medical interventions fail to reduce breast size in men, Leva Medical can provide male breast reduction surgery. The cosmetic surgeons perform breast reduction surgery for men and women with enlarged breasts and specialize in cosmetic and aesthetic treatments for Hispanic and Latin individuals.
Male breast reduction surgery for gynecomastia, also called gynecomastia repair, reduces the breast tissue's size and enhances the chest's contours. The cosmetic surgeons at Leva Medical create a personalized surgical plan for your procedure.
They may perform liposuction, use excision techniques, or both during gynecomastia repair.
For liposuction, your surgeon removes the excess breast fat using a cannula (thin hollow tube) and a suction.
For men with excess glandular breast tissue or skin, the surgeons use excision techniques to remove the extra tissue and reshape the breast. They may also use excision techniques to reduce the size of the areola or change the position of the nipple.
You can expect some downtime following gynecomastia repair. Most people take a day or two off from work to recover. You also need to limit strenuous physical activities for about two weeks.
The cosmetic surgeons at Leva Medical provide specific guidelines for how to care for yourself after male breast reduction surgery. Following their personalized recommendations ensures you get the best outcomes.
To learn more about male breast reduction surgery at Leva Medical, call the office or request an appointment online today.