Gynecomastia

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Gynecomastia is a big word for a common problem: the development of enlarged male breasts. Men dealing with this condition often seek out ways to shrink those breasts away, including gynecomastia surgery by Los Angeles surgeons Dr. Steve Svehlak and Dr. Dan Yamini. They work with the men who come to their practice, helping each one to determine the nature of his enlarged breasts and select the best procedure to get rid of them.

Since there are several reasons a man may develop breasts, it is important to investigate the cause, as gynecomastia surgery is not always needed to fix the problem. When surgery is called for, the Sunset Cosmetic Surgery doctors will explain the process in detail.

Find out more about gynecomastia surgery at the Los Angeles and Beverly Hills areas’ Sunset Cosmetic Surgery. To set up a consultation, or call 310-858-9100.

More About Gynecomastia and Surgery

Breast development is not uncommon for adolescent boys, when wild hormones and weight fluctuations can cause significant physical changes. These enlarged breasts may go away on their own, or they may remain for quite some time. Adult men can develop breasts for the same reasons, triggered by weight gain, internal chemical changes, or both.

Unwanted breasts that are made up of fatty tissue can be corrected with liposuction, which removes only the fat in your breasts. Sometimes this type of procedure can be done under a local anesthetic rather then a general anesthetic.

More involved gynecomastia surgery is needed for breasts that have grown to include not just fat, but glandular tissue as well. These glands are more firm and must be cut out, and any related fat can be removed via suction.

In some cases, men have gained and then lost a significant amount of weight, leading to sagging, deflated breasts that cover up an otherwise slim and trim chest. Excess, stretched-out skin can be removed in another form of gynecomastia surgery called mastopexy.

In many cases, any necessary incisions are made in the line between the areola (the dark skin around the nipple) and the rest of the chest where skin changes from darker to lighter tones. This allows the doctor access to the tissues to be repositioned or removed, but camouflages any resulting scar.

The average gynecomastia surgery takes only a couple of hours, and recovery takes approximately a week, depending on the patient. Bruising and swelling will appear at first, but will fade in the days after your surgery. Even then, patients are advised to avoid rigorous physical activity for about a month.

The specific gynecomastia surgery best for you will depend on your individual situation, body type, and aesthetic desires for your chest and body.

Options Beyond Gynecomastia Surgery

Drs. Yamini and Svehlak at Sunset Cosmetic Surgery know that men typically have different cosmetic needs than women, and the male body tends to distribute fat in distinct ways. While gynecomastia surgery addresses breasts, liposuction specifically for men can change contours elsewhere on the body, from a bulging belly to a double chin, to create an overall sense of balance and proportion.

Men who lose a significant amount of weight, only to find that their skin has stretched and hangs loosely over their newly slimmer body, may opt for a tummy tuck or body lift to tighten loose tissues.

The ultimate goal is to give you a body that is proportional, contoured, and obviously you. As board-certified plastic and general surgeons, Dr. Svehlak and Dr. Yamini work from experience with a range of body types and procedures.

Call Sunset Cosmetic Surgery at 310-858-9100 to learn more about gynecomastia surgery in the Los Angeles and Beverly Hills area, or today.

Please note that all Before and After photographs shown on this site are patients of Dr. Svehlak or Dr. Yamini who have given permission to have their photos published. Images may be edited only to obscure distinctive features such as moles, jewelry, tattoos, or birthmarks for patient privacy. Photos are for illustrative purposes only. Individual results may vary. Reputable surgeons do not guarantee outcomes, and no prediction of outcome is implied. Individual healing characteristics and unexpected complications can affect the outcome of any surgical or non-surgical procedure.