How is Gynecomastia Treated?

Many think that breast reduction if just for women-however that is not the case. Gynecomastia, or enlargement or the breasts in men, is triggered by hormones. Generated by a decrease in the amount of testosterone in comparison to estrogen, Gynecomastia, although not a serious condition, can be an insecurity amongst many men.

How Does It Happen?

Hormone imbalance is the main culprit here. There are several factors that can change a man’s hormone balance, such as age and medication. The hormones testosterone and estrogen control and help the development and maintenance of sex characteristics in both males and females. It’s a known fact that testosterone controls male traits, like muscle mass and body hair. And estrogen controls female traits, such as the growth of breasts. Many think that estrogen is just a female hormone- but that’s incorrect as men also produce it in small quantities. However, if male estrogen levels are too high or imbalanced with testosterone levels- this can result in gynecomastia.

What Are the Treatment Options?

They type of surgery depends on the patient. The traditional method is to remove the excess tissue through an incision around the nipple. However, the best treatment option is ultrasonic liposuction. This will remove the fatty tissue in the area and, in many patients, avoids skin excisions. This treatment is considered the most popular for me with large breasts. This operation is performed under a general anesthetic and is an outpatient procedure.

The treatment that Dr. Gregory Roche uses is the Erchonia laser used in combination with ultrasonic liposuction. Treatment with the Erchonia laser will speed up healing in the breasts, reduces pain and swelling. It should be noted that with each patient the recovery time may vary. In general, patients can be back to work, with no heavy lifting, within three to five days after the procedure. Patients will also be given a compression garment that needs to be worn for the next four to six weeks or until the doctor tells you otherwise.

If you would like more information on Gynecomastia, contact the cosmetic surgeon Dr. Gregory Roche today. From hormone replacement therapy to botox to breast implants, we can help.