Gynecomastia is the medical term for male breast enlargement. It is a condition that can result in a female-like chest due to the abnormal growth of breast tissue. In many cases, gynecomastia is caused by an underlying hormonal condition. This condition can also be caused by certain drugs, steroids, major weight gain or loss, or genetics. Men with this issue generally feel anxious and embarrassed, more so in circumstances where the chest area is shown, such as by the pool or in the gym. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Scott Kasden offers male breast reduction surgery for men who have gynecomastia. This cosmetic treatment has a very high success rate. To learn more about gynecomastia and surgical treatment options, schedule a consultation at the plastic surgery practice of Scott E. Kasden, M.D. in Southlake, TX.
"Dr. Kasden made my first surgery experience very comfortable, ensuring I knew all about my procedure, and giving me AMAZING results! He provides extremely well pre and post op care, and his office staff is always very friendly. I recommend him to everyone I know!"- C. / Healthgrades / Sep 18, 2018
"Dr Kasden is a true artist when it comes to his work. His personality and bedside manner is absolutely the best!"- A. / Healthgrades / Sep 22, 2019
"About a year ago I new that it was time for me to do something about my implants as I have had them in for several years and I knew that I had calcifications. I did plenty of research online Dr Kasden had so many great reviews and so I made my first appointment with him. Dr Kasden is an amazing person , along with his receptionist Sharon , he sat me down in his office and talked with me for well over an hour talking about my situation . He was so kind and informative and it was decided that due to a parathyroid that I was having removed that we should wait for surgery. I walked out of his office and gave him a hug and thanked him for his time , he had set my mind at ease. Also he didn’t charge me a penny for his time!I did have my parathyroid removed this year and went back to Dr.Kasden but I was also having some problems with my breasts . Again he sat and talked with me about my situation and explained in detail what options I had depending on the outcome of my results. ( he spent well over an hour with me again of his precious time) . I waited on results and returned to his office for the third time asking more questions. He truly is a such a kind and caring person also with a great sense of humor . With my situation I am waiting on a final test result and if all comes back good then I without a doubt have all the confidence in Dr.Kasden to perform the surgery that I will need.Thank you Dr Kasden"- J.T. / Google / Jul 25, 2019
"Dr. Scott Kasden is a skilled and compassionate cosmetic surgeon. His approach to surgery is collaborative and artistic, while at the same time provides an unmatched level of care and commitment to all patients."- D.C. / Google / Jun 19, 2019
"I am a 41yrs old black female and this is my first plastic surgery experience (performed Friday and today is Monday morning). I did my homework on the abdominoplasty procedure for months and scheduled several consultations. I'm so lucky that Dr. Kasden was my first consultation. He literally spent 2 hours with me discussing the procedure and answering my questions. He allowed me to watch a video of his work and he even drew a diagram so that I could better understand the procedure. Sharon, the office manager was just as awesome and personable and she was always available to answer my questions whenever I called. Recovery was tough at first, but Dr. Kasden and the staff at Baylor Hospital in Irving were stellar in being attentive and ensuring my comfort. Not only do I recommend Dr. Kasden for plastic surgery, but I'm already researching my next procedure (I want to transfer my own fat into my breasts). I cant see myself going to another surgeon."- S.P. / Yelp / Jul 08, 2019
Gynecomastia surgery is a procedure for men with visible excess breast tissue that cannot be corrected with diet and exercise. If you are frustrated by the look of your chest (but at a good weight), you may benefit from this surgery by Dr. Kasden. Male teens may also benefit from gynecomastia surgery; however, a future procedure may be necessary later during adulthood if new breast tissue continues to grow. During your first appointment with Dr. Kasden, treatment options will be presented and may include the likelihood of having surgery to repair the condition.
Performed under general anesthesia, liposuction removes excess breast tissue from the chest wall. Next, any loose or wrinkled skin will be excised to create a tighter appearance, and then the nipple may be moved to a higher position. In most cases, this technique requires a small incision near where the glandular tissue resides. Once the excess tissue and loose skin have been addressed, Dr. Kasden will tighten the remaining skin.
What To Expect
After your gynecomastia treatment, your chest will be wrapped with a medical garment to minimize swelling. In advanced cases where a more invasive technique was used, a drainage tube may be inserted to assist with fluid. The results following gynecomastia treatment can usually be seen right away and most patients are extremely pleased with the physical change. The incisions made during this procedure take a few weeks to heal and with proper care, scarring is difficult to see. To further enhance your chest, you can get clearance from Dr. Kasden to continue exercise and strength training, which will assist in complementing the final outcome.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does male breast reduction cost?
Gynecomastia is a medical issue that requires a skilled surgeon. This is why Dr. Kasden urges you to focus on getting quality results over costs. To help make your surgery easier to afford, the plastic surgery practice of Scott E. Kasden, M.D. accepts many payment methods. We can also help you find low-interest medical financing. While male breast reduction is typically not covered by health insurance, it is worth talking to your provider to confirm.
What causes gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is caused by a disruption in hormone balance. Most often, gynecomastia is linked to the long-term use of anabolic steroids or androgens. It can also be caused by using illegal drugs, like heroin and marijuana. Gynecomastia may also be caused by certain health conditions (for example, hypogonadism, hyperthyroidism, and tumors) as well as some medications (for example, highly active antiretroviral therapy for AIDS, anti-anxiety medications, and chemotherapy).
How can I tell if I have gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is excess breast tissue growth in the male chest, which may cause tenderness, swelling, and pain. Some men may have false gynecomastia (also known as pseudogynecomastia), so Dr. Kasden encourages patients to try to lose weight with a healthy diet and exercise before seeking treatment for gynecomastia. If you still have enlarged breasts at a healthy weight, Dr. Kasden can perform an examination and tests to diagnosis gynecomastia. This may include blood tests, a mammogram, or a biopsy to rule out other conditions like breast cancer and mastitis (infection of the breast tissue).
Can gynecomastia be treated with exercise or pills?
The most effective treatment for gynecomastia is male breast reduction surgery. Currently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved any medications to treat gynecomastia. While they are not approved for the treatment of gynecomastia, some breast cancer medications (for example, Tamoxifen or Raloxifene) may have limited effects. Strength training to build the pectoral muscles cannot reduce the amount of breast tissue and may make the breasts appear larger.
Will this fix puffy or pointy nipples?
Glandular gynecomastia can cause puffy or pointy nipples. If this is a concern for you, please talk to Dr. Kasden during your consultation. He will customize your treatment plan to use the best technique and incision pattern to correct your nipples. Large areolas can also be reduced during male breast reduction surgery. It's important to be open and honest with Dr. Kasden about your needs and goals in your consultation so he can ensure you are happy with your results.
Plan Your Procedure
Restore your Masculine Chest
If you suffer from gynecomastia, we invite you to contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kasden to learn more about our male breast reduction surgery at the plastic surgery practice of Scott E. Kasden, M.D. After treatment for gynecomastia, you can stop covering up your chest at the gym and pool. Dr. Kasden has helped many Southlake, TX men regain their self-confidence after male breast reduction surgery to treat gynecomastia.