Are you a man struggling with gynecomastia or prominent breasts? If so, you might be familiar with the anxiety, self-consciousness, and discomfort that may come with being shirtless, especially in public or intimate settings. Gynecomastia is a medical condition that causes breast formation in men. Unlike the more coveted appearance of firm, shapely pectoral muscles, gynecomastia often causes increased fat accumulation on the chest disproportionately to fat accumulation elsewhere on the body.
The appearance of “man-boobs” can be challenging to address, primarily if caused by underlying medical or genetic conditions. Diet and exercise are often the first things people try to address the appearance of unwanted fat on the body. But, as many learn the hard way, this does not always work.
Stubborn fat does not always respond to traditional toning methods, often leading to further stress and dissatisfaction among men who seek a more defined chest contour. At the Bengtson Center for Aesthetic & Plastic Surgery, patients can seek out cosmetic solutions to help address gynecomastia and symptoms like excess fat and tissue on the chest. Dr. Brad Bengtson understands the importance of this procedure and always offers discreet and compassionate services to the residents of Grand Rapids, Birmingham, and Detroit.
What Causes Gynecomastia?
What causes gynecomastia in men can vary, and it can begin to affect men at any stage of life. The development of male breasts is not uncommon, but it can be stigmatized and cause men to feel alienated or embarrassed, especially if it develops at a young age.
Breast tissue growth in both men and women depends on hormones, so the risk of gynecomastia is great when testosterone and estrogen balances are in flux and particularly begins at puberty. Hormone changes can occur for many reasons. In adolescence, issues like male breasts tend to balance themselves out as hormone changes settle. However, in men older than 50, hormone fluctuations will have a great chance of leading to breast development. Some prescriptions can also affect your hormone levels, such as antidepressants, high blood pressure medication, opioids, and more. General physical changes, such as weight changes, can also cause excess fat to accumulate.
Some fat on the chest is standard for most patients, but for those who have excessive sagging, jiggling, drooping, loose skin, or fat deposits that resemble female breasts, a male breast reduction can help to address these concerns.
Eligible patients include men with gynecomastia who are in good general health and can dedicate time and effort to any downtime or maintenance to achieve their desired results. It is important to remember that any gynecomastia procedures are intended for adult men who have finished puberty. Grand Rapids residents can schedule a consultation at the Bengtson Center to learn more about male breast reduction.
In some cases, gynecomastia is treatable and can be reversed or reduced by eliminating its causes. Lifestyle changes, stopping medications, and addressing whatever is causing the hormonal changes can sometimes reduce male breast tissue.
However, in most cases where the hormone production is happening naturally, the fat is not responding to exercise, or if stopping the medication is not an option, a cosmetic approach and surgery is the best ion. At the Bengtson Center, we offer customizable solutions for male breast reduction. Talk to Dr. Bengtson about our services and whether a surgical or non-surgical approach is best for you.
In cases where patients need further correction or wish to achieve a more dramatic result, Dr. Bengtson may recommend a more in-depth solution. Cosmetic surgery techniques such as liposuction and male breast reduction might be necessary to help achieve the desired results. When performed by a leading medical professional like Brad Bengtson, MD, FACS, patients can achieve natural-looking results that help to create a more masculine definition in the chest.
Male nipple reduction in height or diameter is also commonly performed with breast reduction or as a stand-alone procedure. Dr. Bengtson has advanced many surgical techniques for nipple reduction which is an extremely common procedure in men.
For men with mild to moderate cases of gynecomastia, surgery might not be necessary. Instead, patients can see results with minimally-invasive Coolsculpting treatments. This in-office treatment can target unwanted fat by freezing it using energy extraction. This cools the cells so the body can eliminate them.
Coolsculpting sessions are pain-free and use precision control to target only the fat cells in the destination area. It’s an excellent solution for men who have lost weight but still have some fat sitting on their chest that won’t budge. It may also help smooth skin to help deliver an improved contour.
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