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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Gynecomastia Surgery

During puberty, many young men experience changes—such as growing taller and getting a deeper voice–due to an increase in testosterone. However, in some men, when there is an increase of the hormone estrogen, a symptom includes enlarged breast tissue, also known as gynecomastia.

Most of the time, gynecomastia during puberty is a temporary problem that resolves in several months with diet and exercise. Some men, though, do not outgrow gynecomastia. Others develop gynecomastia later in life as a result of additional hormones, certain medications or lifestyle changes.

Regardless of the root cause, gynecomastia can cause significant insecurities in men. Luckily, gynecomastia surgery offers a possible solution for men who are unhappy with the size of their breast tissue. Here is everything you need to know about gynecomastia surgery.

What is Gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia occurs when the male breast tissue swells or becomes enlarged due to heightened estrogen production or low testosterone production. Men who experience this may also experience breast tenderness, as well as changes in color, position, and size of their nipples. Gynecomastia typically manifests in both breasts, but it may be worse on one side than on the other. Though gynecomastia is characterized by excess fat and tissue development, it may also cause excess skin development, further contributing to the “sagging” appearance.

Gynecomastia Surgery: What to Expect

Male breast reduction surgery is an effective method of treating gynecomastia. It is usually performed as an outpatient procedure with general anesthesia. The surgeon will use a combination of liposuction and tissue excision to decrease the size of the breasts and remove any excess fat and tissue. Through liposuction, fat is removed through a small incision made on each side of the chest, along the edge of the areola, or within the armpit, depending on the safest and most effective technique to reach your cosmetic needs. The results produce a chiseled masculine physique that reunites patients with their self-confidence.

Gynecomastia Surgery Candidates

Most men who choose to undergo gynecomastia surgery usually do so because they are unhappy with their chest’s physical appearance. To be eligible for surgery, patients must have a significant amount of excess breast tissue or fat and/or excess skin in the breast area that cannot be addressed through diet and exercise.

Additionally, ideal candidates for gynecomastia include men who:

  • Are non-smokers
  • Are non-drug users
  • Are at a relatively healthy weight
  • Have realistic expectations about their results
  • Have no other pre-existing life-threatening conditions or diseases

Gynecomastia Surgery in Vienna, VA, with Dr. Shlomo Widder

If you are suffering from symptoms of gynecomastia and want to feel more secure about your appearance, it might be time to consider gynecomastia surgery. When searching for a cosmetic plastic surgeon it’s imperative to choose someone with extensive experience in your desired surgery.

Dr. Widder’s expertise, talent, and outstanding reputation have solidified him as one of the best breast augmentation surgeons in the Washington D.C., Northern Virginia, and Maryland areas for over 30 years. If you are ready to experience the amazing results and exceptional care, contact Widder Plastic Surgery for your gynecomastia consultation today!