If you’re struggling with gynecomastia, often called “man boobs”, then you’re far from alone. It may surprise you to learn that about half of all men in the United States experience breast growth at some point during their lives.
Sometimes, this is temporary, such as in adolescents who are going through a period of major hormone fluctuation. Unfortunately, a number of cases are permanent, requiring treatment with a gynecomastia specialist.
Surgery: The Only Solution
Male breast growth is hormonal in nature, and occurs when estrogen levels get too high. This results in the formation of excess breast tissue, and can be triggered by several factors, including illegal or prescription drug use.
When an established case of gynecomastia occurs, it cannot be reversed with medication, time, diet changes, or exercising. The only permanent, effective method for gynecomastia treatment is male breast reduction surgery with a qualified cosmetic or plastic surgeon.
Depending on the extent of the surgery, the surgeon will use either local or general anesthesia. The procedure involves the removal of excess fat using a liposuction technique (such as laser lipo), and often the removal of breast gland tissue through a small incision in the areola (area under the nipple).
Following surgery, the patient must wear a compression garment and take it easy for a few days.
How to Find a Specialist
Gynecomastia surgery has been on the rise, but many men do not seek treatment due to embarrassment or financial issues, and the number of specialists is still small. Finding a specialist can be tricky, but only those surgeons with an in-depth knowledge of the procedure should be performing gynecomastia surgery.
Choosing a specialist reduces your risk for a poor outcome or other complications. So how do you find a specialist?
Here are some qualities to look for:
- Board certification (plastic surgeons)
- Skilled in liposuction body contouring
- Cosmetic surgeon specializing in gynecomastia treatment
- Consistently good outcomes
- Attentive and concerned about your goals/needs
- Before & after photos showing excellent results
While it’s easier to choose a surgeon near where you live, don’t rule out the possibility of traveling to a doctor you feel good about. It’s important to do your research and meet with your top choices for consultations before you make a decision.
Our internationally acclaimed New York-based gynecomastia specialists offer male breast reduction at our AAAHC accredited surgical center in Commack, New York. Our appointment centers are located in Long Island and New York City.
To learn more about gynecomastia surgery and associated risks, costs, and more, call today to schedule your free consultation today. We offer plastic surgery financing options for patients with good credit.