Gynecomastia, known as male breast enlargement, is a condition that causes a loss of self-confidence or even depression in males. This medical condition can be treated in various ways. A certified plastic surgeon — such as Mr. Stephen Salerno — can help you determine whether you are a good candidate for gynecomastia surgery.
Causes of Gynecomastia
Not all swelling or enlargement of the male breast is a true case of gynecomastia. For example, obesity can cause fatty tissues to deposit under the chest and make the breasts appear enlarged. This is called pseudogynecomastia or false gynecomastia, which typically resolves without medical treatment. With a true occurance of the condition, losing weight, for example, will not reduce breast size.
Common Causes of Male Breast Enlargement
Hormonal Imbalance: The hormone testosterone is responsible for the development of male reproductive organs and facial hair in males. In females, estrogen helps the development of breasts and the female reproductive organs. When estrogen levels are higher than testosterone levels in men, this hormonal imbalance can cause breasts enlargement.
Male breasts may increase in size as early as puberty when hormone levels are high, but they usually return to their normal size. Persistent swelling typically requires treatment to correct the condition.
- Swollen breast tissue
- Enlarged breasts that do not go away
- Breast tenderness
- Medication (testosterone replacement)
- Mastectomy (surgical procedure)
- Liposuction (plastic surgery)
Am I a Good Candidate?
Gynecomastia affects males physically and psychologically. If you have enlarged breast tissue that does not go away and you feel ashamed, self-conscious or depressed about your appearance, you may be a good candidate for gynecomastia surgery. Good candidates also fulfill these other requirements:
- Are in good health
- Have firm skin and good muscle tone
- Are non-smokers
- Are not on certain medications such as aspirin or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Have reasonable expectations of the surgery
Stephen may examine and evaluate you to ensure you meet the requirements for gynecomastia surgery. A blood test, mammogram, CT or MRI scan, tissue biopsy, or testicular ultrasound may be done to make a diagnosis. A treatment plan may then be tailored, and a date set for surgery.
If you are interested in gynecomastia surgery, contact REAL Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery today to schedule your consultation with Mr. Stephen Salerno! We have offices in Moonee Ponds and Werribee near Melbourne, Australia.