Gynecomastia or Male Breast Reduction Surgery in Minneapolis – St. Paul, has become the most common operation I perform in male patients. I was initially trained in the operative technique for gynecomastia reduction in Los Angeles. Southern California is a beach culture, the results delivered by the surgeon need to be very good. Over the 14 years since I returned to Minneapolis, gynecomastia reduction has become my number one operation in males followed by liposuction.
What is gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is the abnormal swelling of breast tissue in men that is caused mainly by imbalance between their estrogen and testosterone hormones. Gynecomastia can affect both breasts, or just one breast. It is normal for newborns, pubescent boys, or even older men to develop gynecomastia because of the hormonal changes they undergo. Generally, this condition is not a very serious problem but some affected people have found it tough to live with gynecomastia because this condition can sometimes cause physical pain as well as emotional distress.
How do I know if I have gynecomastia?
Swollen breast tissue is the predominant marker of this condition. Although it may seem like an ordinary condition for some, especially men with weight issues or are genetically predisposed to have larger breasts, it is advisable to consult a doctor as soon as the patient experiences any swelling, tenderness, pain, or discharge from one or both nipples of the breast.
Who are candidates?
Dr. Hoffman has successfully performed gynecomastia procedures on a wide range of men. Whether you are a teenager, a body builder, an athlete or you are getting a little older, Dr. Hoffman has extensive training and experience at treating all body types to ensure the best possible outcomes related to male breast reduction.
Gynecomastia Reduction With Liposuction of Abdomen and Flanks
What causes gynecomastia?
Generally, gynecomastia is brought about by a significant decrease in testosterone levels and a consequent rise in estrogen levels in a man’s body. This condition can be influenced by:
- Natural hormonal changes that take place during infancy when male infants get estrogens from their mothers during breast-feeding; during puberty when the body undergoes natural hormone fluctuations that may affect breast tissue development; during adulthood when men between the ages of 50 to 80 potentially experience andropause that also affects hormonal levels.
- Medications can also cause a reduction in testosterone and a rise in estrogen which can lead to gynecomastia.
- Certain health conditions also contribute to gynecomastia including the presence of tumors, hyperthyroidism, hypogonadism, kidney failure, liver failure, and malnutrition.
What can doctors do to treat gynecomastia?
There have been some types of medication that were proposed as solutions for gynecomastia; However, surgery is still the most significant and lasting step that is used to treat gynecomastia in men.
- Liposuction is often used to remove excess fat from the breast area.