Gynecomastia is an unusual condition that affects the male population and results in a breast size and appearance that is normally associated with women. Treatment of this condition is one of the procedures performed by Dr. G. Robert Meger, the Phoenix-based aesthetic plastic surgeon.
Although increased breast size may be desirable in women, it can be emotionally traumatic to men and boys. Gynecomastia in Phoenix can also have some adverse physical effects, most notably pain. The condition stems from an imbalance between the male hormone testosterone and the female hormone estrogen, which can also be found in men. Gynescomastia is common in newborn babies, but normally goes away two or three weeks after birth. It is less common during the years of puberty, but it too will normally disappear on its own. The condition can also occur later in life, developing in approximately 25 percent of the men between the ages of 50 and 70.
The Underlying Causes
Gynescomastia can result from several health conditions, including cirrhosis and hyperthyroidism. It has also been associated with the use of certain medications, of muscle-building androgens and anabolic steroids, and of alcohol and such street drugs as heroin. It can even result from the use of herbal products.
Seeking Medical Care
The best candidates for the treatment of gynecomastia are men who are otherwise healthy, but whose condition has proven to be resistant to exercise and dietary changes. It is also desirable for men undergoing the procedure to have skin that is elastic. The treatment itself usually combines surgery with liposuction, the “fat-sucking” technique that is also used elsewhere on the body. The procedure can be accomplished in less than two hours and an outpatient basis. After treatment, patients will wear a compression garment over their chests for a period of time. However, they can expect to return to work within 10 days of the procedure and should be able to perform low-impact exercise routines within two or three weeks.
What to Expect
The results of the treatment should be obvious after approximately three months, although it may take up to a year for the skin in the treated area to fully tighten. The effects should be permanent in patients who are able to maintain a proper weight. Dr. G. Robert Meger has experience treating this condition and is available to help his patients improve both their looks and their confidence in themselves.