Gynecomastia Reduction (Breast Reduction for Men)
Gynecomastia comes from the Greek words gyne (woman) and mastos (breasts). The problem with gynecomastia is that is found only on the male chest. Every week, in our San Francisco Bay Area, Walnut Creek, California office, we see men wanting their gynecomastia removed. They are self conscious about going shirtless. Advanced gynecomastia is large enough to be a problem, even in clothing. Patients who lose significant amounts of weight will lose fat, but may not lose their gynecomastia. And when excess skin persists, so does the embarrassment. If you are concerned by extra fullness in your chest, Dr. Joseph Mele, in the San Francisco East Bay Area city of Walnut Creek, may be able to help.
Every male is born with Gynecomastia. At birth, the condition is due to the mother's hormones passing through the placenta. The female hormones designed to increase the size of the mother's breasts also increase the amount a glandular tissue in the infant's breast, resulting in a firm rubbery lump beneath the areola. Since babies do not normally make high levels of female hormones themselves, the hormone levels drop quickly after birth, and the gynecomastia resolves spontaneously.
Gynecomastia can return at puberty. The exact mechanism is unknown, but most likely it is in response to the breast tissue's sensitivity to sex hormones. Moderate male adolescent breast development usually subsides in a few years, unless obesity is also present. Persistence of Adolescent Gynecomastia accounts for 25% of all gynecomastia cases. In rare cases, gynecomastia can also be the result of hormone producing tumors (often testicular).
Adult Gynecomastia can be the result of medications too. Many common drugs have been indicated including: steroids, some antidepressants, digitalis (Digoxin), furosemide (Lasix), estrogen, exogenous testosterone, alcohol, marijuana and heroin to name a few. Chemotherapy for prostate cancer can cause significant gynecomastia, and at times, frank breast development.
The best way to explore your Gynecomastia Reduction options is with an private, in-office consultation. During your appointment, Dr. Mele will review what needs to be done to get the best results. Your options, costs and recovery will be discussed in detail, so that you can feel confident in your decisions. To schedule a consultation appointment in our San Francisco Bay Area Plastic Surgery office call (925) 943-6353, or use our contact form.