Dr. Jennifer Geoghegan and staff are located in Scottsdale, AZ offering plastic and reconstructive surgery procedures as well as skin care treatments.

Answering Questions About Gynecomastia

Gynecomastia Scottsdale

If you are a man who is suffering from enlarged breasts, you are not alone. Plastic surgeons regularly see male patients who have gynecomastia, or a swelling of breast tissue. This condition is usually not threatening, but some men and boys suffer mild breast pain, and many feel embarrassed by their physical appearance. Read on for answers to some frequently asked questions about gynecomastia—and to find out how Dr Jennifer Geoghegan can help.

What Causes Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia occurs when men have estrogen levels that are too high or testosterone levels that are too low. Enlarged breasts happen to a wide range of men. In fact, over half of male babies are born with enlarged breasts that simply dissipate within two or three weeks of birth. Gynecomastia can also occur during puberty due to hormone changes, or between the ages of 50 and 80. Plastic surgeons report that at least one in four older men are affected. Older men generally experience the condition as a side effect of medication.

What Are Common Symptoms?
The most obvious symptom of gynecomastia is enlarged or swollen breast gland tissue. Men may experience breast tenderness or mild pain. Medical attention should generally be sought if the condition does not improve on its own or worsens, or if a patient is simply unhappy with his chest’s cosmetic appearance. If there is noticeable swelling, moderate or severe pain or tenderness, or nipple discharge, men should visit their physician immediately.

What Treatments Are Available?
Doctors generally prescribe medication to treat enlarged breasts. But for men who continue to struggle with breast enlargement, plastic surgery may be the best option. Dr Geoghegan will recommend either liposuction or a mastectomy. Liposuction removes breast fat, but not the breast gland tissue itself. Mastectomy, or breast reduction or removal, removes the tissue entirely and can also remove skin if it is also loose or saggy. This kind of surgery is now performed via very small incisions, which translates into less recovery time.

If you want to learn more about male breast reduction procedures, contact the experienced plastic surgeons at Oasis Plastic Surgery today. Our team can help customize a treatment plan so you look and feel confident. Find out more about our cosmetic surgery procedures and med spa in Scottsdale by calling (480) 264-6428.

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