Gynecomastia Reduction

Restore a Body Aligned With Your Ideal Self

Genetics or health conditions can lead to changes in the body that may not align with how one wants to look and feel. Gynecomastia, often referred to as “man boobs,” affect men of various ages for a range of reasons and can affect confidence and overall well-being. With gynecomastia reduction in Beverly Hills, Dr. Min provides an efficient and consistently successful way for men to restore a more masculine chest area to fit their personal ideals.

What Is Gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia is a condition that can cause the development of enlarged male breasts, typically due to an imbalance in the hormones—testosterone and estrogen. It can potentially affect men of any age but is most commonly seen in its initial stages during adolescence when hormones fluctuate. Other causes can be from certain medication use, steroid use, obesity, alcohol use and in rare instances, certain types of tumors. Gynecomastia can affect one or both breasts and can range in how it presents, from being subtle to pronounced. While it is not typically a serious medical concern, gynecomastia can potentially cause psychological distress and social discomfort in many men affected by the condition.
Pseudo gynecomastia also presents similarly but the only difference from a true gynecomastia is the composition of the breast tissue. In pseudo gynecomastia, the enlargement is due to an accumulation of excess fat in the chest area instead of glandular breast tissue.

What Is Gynecomastia Reduction Surgery?

Gynecomastia reduction surgery, also known as male breast reduction, is a procedure that reduces the size of enlarged male breasts, creating a tighter, more masculine physique as a result. It involves the removal of excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin to create a more masculine chest shape. The results are permanent and can help you achieve the body contours that are in line with the way you want to look and be perceived.

Benefits of a Gynecomastia Reduction Procedure

When performed by an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon, gynecomastia reduction surgery can help restore your body to its desired appearance. Some of its potential benefits can include the following:
  • Provide improved self-confidence and enhanced body image
  • Result in a more masculine frame
  • Benefit from improved posture, as well as a reduction in the appearance of stretch marks or sagging skin. 

Who Is a Candidate for Gynecomastia Reduction?

Gynecomastia reduction is an option for men who are unhappy with the size and shape of their chest due to excess fat, glandular tissue, or skin. You may be a good candidate if you have excess chest tissue that has not responded to diet and exercise changes, which implies it may be more of a hormonal cause. Prior to surgery, it is advised that you are evaluated by a primary care physician or an endocrinologist for any medical conditions that may be causing gynecomastia. Once the usual medical causes have been ruled out, it would be an appropriate time to consider possible surgical options to address gynecomastia. Additionally, you should be in relatively good health and at your happy, realistic weight to achieve and maintain optimal results.

An Overview of the Gynecomastia Reduction Procedure

Gynecomastia reduction is typically performed as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia. During the surgery, excess fat and glandular tissue will be removed. Depending on the extent of excess skin and glandular tissue, the removal procedure may involve excision using a small incision around the nipple areolar complex or a longer incision along the chest folds to remove loose skin. Many patients also require liposuction of the chest fat cells to help smoothen out the contour and to achieve the best aesthetic results. Some patients may have drains placed during the procedure. Once the desired results are achieved, the incisions will be closed and dressed with bandages and a compression garment to help reduce swelling and promote healing.

After the Surgery: Recovery

The recovery period after gynecomastia reduction surgery can vary depending on the extent of your procedure and your body’s rate of healing. Dr. Min will see your healing progress through multiple follow-up visits. You will experience some discomfort, bruising and swelling. Generally, you should expect to spend several days at home resting and refraining from strenuous activities, with most patients needing about one week of downtime away from work. If you have a drain, you will record how much fluid collects in the drain every day, and it will be removed in clinic. It is important to wear the compression garment for a few weeks for optimal healing, and any side effects such as swelling and discomfort should gradually fade and be mostly gone within that time frame.

Seeing Your Results from Gynecomastia Reduction

Results from your gynecomastia reduction procedure should be visible right away, but it will take a few weeks for the swelling to significantly improve. It may take up to three to four months for the swelling to completely subside and for you to see the full results of your renewed chest aesthetic, that is more in line with your desired look and feel for years to come.

Combining Gynecomastia Reduction With Other Procedures

For some men, gynecomastia reduction may be combined with other procedures to further enhance their results and achieve a body that matches their full aesthetic goals. Liposuction can be used to remove excess fat from the abdomen or sides for a more contoured look. Additionally, some patients may benefit from a tummy tuck or body lift to create a more honed and toned upper body appearance.
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Dr. Min

Meet Dr. Elise Min

Board-Certified Female Plastic Surgeon Specializing In Breast And Body Procedures In Los Angeles
Board-Certified Female Plastic Surgeon Specializing In Breast And Body Procedures In Los Angeles

Dr. Elise Min, a distinguished female plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills, is renowned for her unique expertise in breast and body surgery. Board-certified and fellowship-trained, Dr. Min is celebrated for her personal approach to aesthetic surgery and her exceptional patient care. She places great emphasis on educating her patients, allowing them to make informed decisions about their treatment.

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Book Your Consultation for Gynecomastia Reduction Today

If you are considering gynecomastia reduction surgery in Beverly Hills, book a consultation with Dr. Min today. She is a board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in a range of plastic surgery options, including male breast reduction and body contouring procedures. During your consultation, she can assess your individual needs and provide tailored advice for the best approach to seeing a body that you will love and feel comfortable in.
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