Is Gynecomastia Painful? By Joseph M. Brown, MD, FACS on November 16, 2018

We all have heard of breast augmentation for women, but we rarely hear of an incident where men have a breast-related surgery. Although the topic may seem infrequent or taboo, approximately 40 to 60% of men suffer from an uneven chest. Just like women, men are also self-conscious about their body and their perception of a glaring imperfection may emotionally damage those who suffer from a prolonged case of gynecomastia. Tampa Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery will be able to educate you and improve your gynecomastia by performing a gynecomastia reduction in Tampa, so get in touch with Dr. Brown today to learn more about this incredible procedure.

What is Gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia is a very common condition that occurs in boys and men where the breasts swell and become abnormally large. It could affect both breasts, or only affect one breast, creating an uneven look. Because breast glands are typically unnoticeable in men, it stands out more for those that do suffer from gynecomastia. Just like breast gland problems with women, this is caused by a hormonal imbalance, and 90% of cases are resolved naturally. During puberty, the hormonal imbalance of testosterone and estrogen can become more prominent creating enlarged breasts, and later in life when a man’s body cannot produce as much testosterone, gynecomastia can be more prominent. Many boys and men confuse this condition for having extra fat in their breasts, and will try to utilize exercise and dieting to make their breasts smaller. Unfortunately, this is a common misconception. The enlargement is caused by additional breast tissue, so exercising will not help the problem. Tampa Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery can help you with the condition by performing a male breast reduction in Tampa. It is important to get a professional opinion, so contact Dr. Brown today to see if you are a good candidate for a male breast reduction.

What are the Symptoms of Gynecomastia?

The symptoms of gynecomastia are not severe or life threatening. Many men experience some slight pain and tenderness because of the enlarged breasts, but nothing that necessitates medication. The main problem associated with gynecomastia is the inability to cope with the problem and emotional distress. Many men who suffer from enlarged breasts are embarrassed and experience social stress, a negative self-image, and obsessive behavior. Although many cases of gynecomastia go away on its own, the time that it is present can be extremely difficult.

What Treatment Options do You Have?

Tampa Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery can perform a male breast reduction in Tampa for those who have persistent gynecomastia. The first step is to schedule a consultation so that the severity of the problem can be defined, your goals can be discussed, questions can be answered, and a treatment plan can begin. This is the time where it will be determined if you are a good candidate who is in good overall health and whether the gynecomastia may reverse itself in the future. If you have had enlarged breasts for over a year with no change after utilizing proper diet and exercise and you are older than 18, this is a great treatment option for you to regain your self-confidence. Electing to have a male breast reduction will permanently remove the excess tissue, sculpt your chest, and give your body a more masculine appearance.

The procedure is routine, and you will be put under for the entirety of the surgery. You will be able to return home the same day as the procedure, but a full recovery takes about 6 weeks. For the first 3 weeks after the surgery, you will wear a compression garment night and day to help your body heal properly. It is also recommended to sleep with your upper body elevated, so sitting up as much as possible during the night is helpful. After 4 weeks, you can begin to incorporate normal activity levels back into your daily routine. After 6 weeks, you will be able to be back to your normal daily routine in its entirety.

Male Breast Reduction in Tampa

If you are interested in a male breast reduction in Tampa, or have any questions about gynecomastia, contact Tampa Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery today to begin your journey towards the body you desire.

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A board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Joseph M. Brown strives to provide patients with transformative, yet natural results in a safe and comfortable environment. When you choose him as your provider, he will develop a patient-doctor relationship based on honesty, trust, and a clear understanding of a common goal. He is affiliated with organizations such as the:

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  • American College of Surgeons

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