During puberty, males may notice the development of fatty deposits in either one of both of their breasts. In medical terms, this is known as “gynecomastia,” a Greek word meaning “woman-like breasts.” While the noticeability of this condition varies greatly, about 90% of boys will notice some degree of breast enlargement at some point during puberty. In most cases, these fatty deposits disappear on their own, leaving men flat- or muscular-chested as they enter post-pubescent adulthood. In some cases, however, these deposits may persist well into adulthood, causing feelings of insecurity and self-consciousness. Luckily Dr. Hoefflin offers his patients our Los Angeles gynecomastia treatment.
Although enlarged breasts in males can be associated with obesity, true gynecomastia consists both of fatty deposits and of excess glandular tissue, making the condition resistant to lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise. Many men who have enlarged breasts feel embarrassed and self-conscious, and may avoid certain social activities where they would be expected to be shirtless, such as pool parties or spending time at the beach. It can also be difficult to feel comfortable working out at the gym, or in intimate relations.
Male breast reduction surgery is the only truly effective treatment for gynecomastia. Dr. Hoefflin understands the need to feel comfortable in your body, particularly in Los Angeles, and performs male breast reduction at his Beverly Hills practice. After surgery, many patients experience a new sense of confidence, and feel more comfortable going shirtless than they had -- ever.
Our Los Angeles male breast reduction surgery involves the removal of excess fatty deposits from the breast area, resulting in a more masculine, defined appearance. The surgery itself is performed in Dr. Hoefflin’s Beverly Hills office either with local anesthetic and sedation, or under general anesthesia administered by a fully licensed and qualified anesthesiologist.
Our Beverly Hills gynecomastia procedures can be treated with either liposuction or the more traditional technique of surgical excision. After the operation, most patients experience only minimal discomfort; any pain can be easily managed with pain medication prescribed by Dr. Hoefflin. The sutures used dissolve within about a week, at which point you will be ready to return to work, and you can typically resume exercise after the first couple weeks.
The end result of the surgery is a more masculine chest profile, and most scars are nearly indistinguishable from the surrounding skin within about a year of the original operation. Long-term discomfort or uncomfortable sensitivity is very rare. For many, this body correction is entirely permanent, as the excess tissue has been removed. However, it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle following the procedure, as significant weight gain or steroid use could cause a return of the gynecomastia.
Our Beverly Hills male breast reduction surgery is one of the safest and most effective cosmetic surgeries available, and major complications are incredibly rare. However, it is still a surgical procedure that requires the use of anesthesia. As such, the best candidates are adult non-smokers in good health, without heart or lung conditions or other major chronic diseases (such as diabetes), who are at a reasonably healthy body weight. Teenagers can also undergo male breast reduction, although it may be advised that you wait until they have entered late puberty or have finished puberty, as hormonal changes may cause enlarged breasts to return.
Before scheduling surgery, Dr. Hoefflin will hold a consultation with you, where you will discuss your goals, problems, and overall health at length. As the only plastic surgeon at his practice, Dr. Hoefflin will be present at every appointment and consultation to help you develop the best treatment plan for reaching your personal goals, as well as increasing your quality of life. If you are a candidate for surgery, you will be able to schedule an appointment for the operation, which will be performed in the state-of-the-art surgical facility at his practice.
Dr. Jeffrey Hoefflin is a double board certified surgeon, having completed residencies in both general and plastic surgery. He understands the importance of feeling confident in one’s own skin and helps both men and women reach their aesthetic goals. If you are interested in seeing if you are a candidate for male breast reduction surgery, contact us to set up your initial consultation today for arguably the best treatments for gynecomastia Beverly Hills has to offer.