Treatment of Gynecomastia (excessive breast tissue in males) – Both males and females have breast tissue. It is normal in the adolescent female for the breast tissue to begin to grow under the influence of estrogen which results in normal breast development.
Certain young males (generally in their early adolescence) also experience growth of breast tissue as a result of hormonal changes. In many individuals, this clump of breast tissue spontaneously resolves and the mass disappears after a year or so. In other patients, this breast tissue persists, causing a condition known as juvenile gynecomastia. There are excellent surgical techniques whereby this abnormal mass of breast tissue could be excised surgically without leaving significant scarring and resulting in a very natural appearing breast.
Other male patients, generally in the older age group, develop breast enlargement or gynecomastia. There are a variety of reasons for this. It may have to do with smoking marijuana or with decreased liver function. However, in the majority of cases, the reason for gynecomastia is not known and it is termed “idiopathic”, meaning that the cause has not been determined. Regardless of the etiology (cause), gynecomastia can be treated effectively.
Liposuction has proven to be very useful for reducing areas of unwanted fat and breast tissue. With liposuction, the problem can be corrected through tiny (less than one quarter inch long) scars that heal well and are not noticeable. It is possible with carefully performed liposuction to reduce the bulk of the breast and to restore the desired contours.
In patients who have more advanced gynecomastia where the breast is actually saggy or drooping (ptotic breasts), it may be necessary to perform additional procedures to tighten the skin and in some cases, to reposition the nipple. Dr. Handel of Santa Barbara is experienced with all types of surgical procedures to treat gynecomastia and will design a custom treatment plan best suited to each individual patient’s needs.