Gynecomastia Treatment for Men in Monterey
Male breast reduction can help men who suffer from gynecomastia, or enlarged male breasts, gain a firmer, flatter, and more masculine chest contour.
Who is Affected by Gynecomastia?
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, gynecomastia caused by hormone changes during puberty is relatively common—an estimated 30-60% of cases emerge during adolescence. In addition, the prevalence of gynecomastia peaks again between the ages of 50 and 80. At least one in four men is affected during this time. In this stage, the development of gynecomastia is associated with a decrease in testosterone and a loss of skin elasticity, which can cause the breast tissue to sag.
A history of cancer, liver disorders, or the use of certain drugs (such as anabolic steroids, alcohol, or estrogen medications) can contribute to gynecomastia, but most men that Monterey plastic surgeon Dr. Douglas Sunde treats have no medical explanation for having enlarged male breasts.
Gynecomastia sufferers often feel self-conscious about the shape of their chest, enduring teasing from others, avoiding social situations, or hiding behind oversized shirts. For these men, male breast reduction can help them regain their self-confidence, which can improve their outlook on life.
An Individualized Approach to Male Breast Reduction Surgery
During a personal consultation with Dr. Sunde, each patient can discuss his goals, ask questions, and learn about the different procedure options for gynecomastia treatment. Together, Dr. Sunde and his patient decide the details of the procedure as well as any other realistic improvements that can be addressed during the procedure. Once a date for surgery is set, Dr. Sunde provides instructions about how to prepare.
Male Breast Reduction Procedure Details
Depending on the extent and nature of the procedure, Dr. Sunde performs the male breast reduction procedure with the patient under either general or local anesthesia. During the procedure, Dr. Sunde removes any excessive fat, skin, or glandular tissue to reshape the chest into a naturally masculine contour.
In some cases, removing fat alone will provide the desired result. For these patients, Dr. Sunde may perform liposuction, which usually requires the smallest incision. When excess glandular tissue needs to be removed as well, he may perform both liposuction and tissue excision to achieve the most effective results. If a patient has a significant amount of excess skin around the chest, he will remove this excess skin to achieve a tighter, firmer chest contour.
Learn More at a Personal Consultation
We invite you to contact our office to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Sunde to discuss your options for gynecomastia treatment. Dr. Sunde is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and has over 20 years of experience serving patients in the Monterey area. He will be happy to answer any questions you may have about male breast reduction or any other procedure.