Gynecomastia – Also Known As Male Breasts or “Man Boobs”
Gynecomastia is a condition unique to men, whereby the breast tissue becomes enlarged and over-developed. While most men generally love the female breast, they do not, however, enjoy having breasts themselves. In fact, the development of male breast tissue can have profound social effects on men with the condition, often times limiting their social activities out of shame, embarrassment, or fear of being laughed at or ridiculed.
The development of male breast tissue, also regarded by some as “man boobs” is actually quite common and may be caused by age, hormonal changes, genetics, weight gain or a combination of all three. Gynecomastia can occur at any age, but most commonly occurs during adolescence and the later years of life. There are several identifying characteristics of gynecomastia, which include an abundance of fat and or/glandular tissue development in the male breast. Occasionally, an excess of breast skin can exist in this condition as well. Additionally, gynecomastia may affect one breasts, or both.
The treatment for gynecomastia is a technically simple procedure known as gynecomastia surgery, which is also referred to as a male breast reduction. Depending on your specific condition, treatment may include excision of breast tissue, which is performed through a small areolar incision, power-assisted liposuction of the breast tissue, or a combination of both. The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, takes about an hour and a half, and requires that a compressive garment be warn for a period of 8 weeks following surgery.
In the photo above is a classic example of a middle-aged male with gynecomastia. On examination he had no palpable glandular tissue, thus will not require a direct excision of breast tissue, but rather will require lipoplasty of the chest for correction of the gynecomastia.[/caption]
The ultimate goal of gynecomastia or male breast surgery provide the patient with a more masculine end result, and men are mascu-line-ing up for this confidence boosting procedure. If you are suffering from gynecomastia, you have options. Schedule your consultation with Doctor Vallecillos, a board certified plastic surgeon to ensure you get the best care and can discuss all options to suit your needs.
Frequently Asked Questions
How many years have you been a practicing plastic surgeon?
My first year out of residency was in 2005
Describe your philosophy and approach to cosmetic enhancement and treatment of patients
Philosophy: Superior advice predicated upon evidence-based medicine, innovative insight, and efficient execution.
Treatment goals: Create a natural-appearing, balanced aesthetic enhancement that complements the patient’s unique features.
What’s most important to you when treating patients?
Comfort and security: We strive to achieve the ultimate customer experience. In surgery, much like professional sports, talent typically prevails. Championships however, are won by the teams who subscribe to organizational excellence. Accordingly, with good surgical planning and sound judgment, the majority of routine surgeries follow fairly predictable outcomes. Hence, customer service makes the experience complete. That’s what ultimately differentiates you as a surgeon from the masses. And that is our goal: to exceed our clients expectations.
What does a consultation with you entail?
Initially, patient information is gathered including photographs, salient medical history, and aesthetic goals. Next, I perform a comprehensive consultation utilizing videos and interactive patient education software. Following the consultation, the patient reviews the surgical procedure, peri-operative plans, and financials with the surgical consultant.
What steps does your office take to augment comfort?
We offer several features to augment comfort: A VIP waiting area, complimentary beverage menu, and Wi-Fi connectivity, and complementary usage of iPads.