The link between testosterone and gynecomastia
Gynecomastia, or the enlargement of the male breasts, is often a condition men suffer from as they age, due in part to lowered levels of testosterone in the body (hypogonadism). Approximately 1 in 4 males develop gynecomastia after the age of 45. While typically harmless medically speaking, enlarged male breasts can cause anxiety or lowered self-image, both of which may impact quality of life. In some cases, gynecomastia may even cause physical discomfort from sore tissue in the chest area.
Testosterone is the naturally-occurring ingredient in the human physique that creates traditionally male features and characteristics. In addition to enlarged breast tissue, lower testosterone reserves can result in reduced libido and erectile dysfunction.
Lowered testosterone may have other causes besides aging, including cell damage, injury, inflammation, cancer and cancer treatments, or certain rare endocrine diseases. The misuse of anabolic steroids may also play a role in reduced testosterone production.
When hormonal imbalance is the leading cause behind a patient’s gynecomastia, your doctor may suggest certain medications and/or the replacement of testosterone, which can be administered as a patch, a gel or an injection. If these treatment options do not present the necessary improvements, then more invasive methods of reduction such as liposuction or surgery may be explored. As Dr. Lahijani is a top Los Angeles male breast reduction specialist, a personalized approach will be taken to get you the best possible results.
Choosing the best plastic surgeon for your gynecomastia treatment
Dr. Lahijani has a reputation in Los Angeles and beyond for his highly detailed, meticulously researched approach which takes into account every aspect of a client’s medical history, anatomy and aesthetic goals. As among Beverly Hills’ best board certified gynecomastia surgeons, Dr. Lahijani will only choose mastectomy as his last resort. If male breast enlargement can be treated with medications or hormone replacement therapy, he will choose this option first, as it is the least invasive.
In addition to his expert training, experience and skill, Dr. Lahijani strives to create a relaxing, discreet practice environment where clients can feel safe to express their discomfort with certain aspects of their bodies and impart exactly what improvements they would like to see. The doctor believes that only in an atmosphere of trust and communication are outstanding results truly possible.
Taking the first step towards your treatment
If you would like to learn more about whether hormone therapy is the appropriate treatment option for your gynecomastia, please contact Dr. Lahijani’s office in Beverly Hills today to set up your confidential consultation.
During this initial session, Los Angeles male breast reduction specialist, Dr. Lahijani, will examine your chest, review your medical records and previous attempts at male breast reduction, answer your questions in depth, and begin to formulate a unique, customized treatment plan that caters to your goals and needs.
The doctor can show you before and after photographs of prior gynecomastia patients, and he may also be able to put you in contact with those clients for further information about the results you can expect. Advanced 3D imaging may also be a component of your consultation.