Gynecomastia is a medical condition that affects about 1 in 4 men over the age of 45. These men come from all different backgrounds and have all types of body shapes, but they have one thing in common: the enlargement of fatty tissue in the chest which creates the impression of a male “breast.” In fact, the word gynecomastia means “woman-like breasts.”
Gynecomastia is not medically harmful, but it does cause embarrassment and self-consciousness for many men, especially in social scenarios. During intimacy, in the locker room, by the pool or at the beach where taking one’s shirt off is the norm, gynecomastia can lessen self-confidence and create uncomfortable situations. In certain more severe cases, gynecomastia may cause soreness in the chest. As Dr. Lahijani is one considered to provide some of the best gynecomastia surgery in Los Angeles & Beverly Hills, Dr. Saul is the clear choice for treating your gynecomastia.
Understanding the causes of gynecomastia
The exact causes of gynecomastia are uncertain, but doctors can make several guesses as to its origins. Most physicians agree that male breast enlargement is due to the abuse of steroids, drugs or alcohol, certain endocrine disorders or hormonal imbalances (including reduction in testosterone due to aging), certain types of cancer, and lastly, poor genes. Being overweight, while not ideal, is not necessarily a cause of gynecomastia, which may affect as much as 60% of the male population.
Finding the right solution
Because there are different causes of gynecomastia, Dr. Lahijani will need to perform a physical exam and detailed review of your medical history in order to decide upon the correct course of action. This may be as simple as a structured diet and exercise regimen. It may include hormone therapy and testosterone replacement. Or it may entail strategic liposuction or surgical mastectomy. In each instance, the intended result is a more masculine, streamlined physique and improved self-confidence.
A good candidate for male breast reduction…
- Is at least 18, or has completed all growth in the chest area
- Is in good health, both physically and mentally, with no major medical issues
- Is free from addiction to marijuana, drugs, alcohol and/or steroids
- Is at a healthy weight for their frame
- Suffers from enlarged breasts
- Suffers from chest asymmetry
- Has realistic expectations for their results based on consultation
Selecting the best doctor for your procedure
Dr. Lahijani, a board certified plastic surgeon, is considered by his peers and patients to be a consummate expert in the field of body contouring. He has garnered a reputation for providing some of the best gynecomastia surgery in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills and beyond, for natural-looking, aesthetically pleasing results that are highly personalized to the unique anatomies of his patients.
He has extensive experience in diagnosing and treating gynecomastia in patients of many different ages, body shapes and backgrounds and is especially empathetic to clients who suffer from a negative body image.
How can I learn more about gynecomastia?
Dr. Lahijani is happy to meet with you in the privacy and comfort of his Beverly Hills offices to discuss the various treatment options available. During this initial session, he will examine you physically, go over your medical history and previous cosmetic procedures, if any, and answer all your questions and concerns in depth, covering topics such as cost, insurance, risks, benefits, treatment time, downtime and recovery.