Gynecomastia

Pacific Plastic Surgery

Plastic Surgery Center located in Santa Barbara, CA

If you suffer from gynecomastia, you’re not alone as more than 1 in 4 men between the ages of 50-69 suffer from swollen breast gland tissue. Board-certified plastic surgeon Douglas K. Mackenzie, MD, at Pacific Plastic Surgery in Santa Barbara, California, provides male breast reduction surgeries to help you achieve your ideal body shape. To learn more, call Pacific Plastic Surgery or schedule a consultation online today.

Gynecomastia

Pacific Plastic Surgery

What is gynecomastia?

You may be surprised to learn that enlarged breast tissue can be a problem for many men and adolescent boys. Some teenage boys naturally go through a period where their breast tissue temporarily enlarges. Although the swelling is physically harmless, it can understandably cause anxiety and self-consciousness if it persists or is significant.

 

What causes gynecomastia?

In some cases, hormonal problems cause this breast enlargement. In adult men, the cause may be related to:

  • Certain medication use
  • Drug use
  • Hypogonadism
  • Aging
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Endocrine or malignant causes

Sometimes, there isn’t any apparent underlying cause. A common cause of gynecomastia in the Santa Barbara area is the current or prior use of anabolic steroids in bodybuilders, which can cause permanent gynecomastia.

 

How is gynecomastia treated?

First, Dr. Mackenzie evaluates the cause of your gynecomastia. He may order tests such as:

  • MRI
  • CT scan
  • Mammogram
  • Tissue biopsy
  • Testicular ultrasound

If the cause of your gynecomastia is hormonal, an endocrine evaluation is necessary prior to any surgery. In all cases of gynecomastia, it’s essential to have this problem treated by a plastic surgeon like Dr. Mackenzie to avoid severe contour complications. He has the aesthetic sense and experience to sculpt the male breast tissue using a minimally invasive procedure that leaves just a small, discrete scar.

Suction-assisted gynecomastectomy generally involves removing some of the breast volume with liposuction or a laser, and then removing the remaining fibrous breast tissue directly through a small incision within the areola near the nipple. The surgery usually takes under two hours.

In rare cases of severe prior weight loss, excess skin needs to be removed as well during the procedure.

 

What is recovery like following gynecomastia surgery?

After your gynecomastia surgery, you wear a compression shirt for a few weeks. Dr. Mackenzie recommends that any arm and chest activity, like weightlifting, be stopped during this recovery period.

Don’t let your gynecomastia stand in the way of your self-confidence. If you’re in Santa Barbara or the Central Coast, call Pacific Plastic Surgery or schedule a consultation online today to meet with Dr. Mackenzie, a board-certified plastic surgeon.

See Dr. Mackenzie’s Gynecomastia Reduction photos HERE.