Gynecomastia (Male Breast Reduction) in Los Angeles
Gynecomastia is the condition of enlarged male breast tissue, commonly treated with male breast reduction surgery. Dr. Steinbrech specializes in gynecomastia for men in LA. It is a condition far more prevalent than many realize, as it affects an estimated 40 to 60 percent of the male population. Oversized breasts in men can cause embarrassment, emotional distress, low self-esteem, as well as avoidance of intimacy.
Gynecomastia is regarded as:
- Excess localized fat
- Excess glandular tissue development
- A combination of both excess fat and glandular tissue
- The aforementioned may be present in one of or both breasts
Male breast reduction surgery can help by restoring a flatter, firmer appearance to the male chest. Prior to surgery, patients should be checked to see if there is any medical cause of their gynecomastia.
Male breast enlargement affects males of all ages. Causes of gynecomastia include side effects of certain drugs, disease, hereditary conditions, and/or hormonal changes.
Dr. Steinbrech, has extensive experience in male breast reduction surgery for male patients in the LA area, giving thousands of men the self-esteem they desperately seek. No longer do Dr. Steinbrech’s patients have to hide under lose clothing or feel embarrassed by their once-problem area.
What can Los Angeles patients expect from male breast reduction?
Male breast reduction surgery can be achieved by liposuction and/or by removing excess glandular tissue. The surgical time is on average two hours and requires local or general anesthesia. You will be required to wear a special compression garment for a period of time during recovery to help support the new contours of your chest. Downtime is minimal (roughly one week) and results are permanent, unless future access weight gain causes excess fat in the breast area. When considering male breast reduction surgery in LA, it is important to look to a board certified plastic surgeon. Cost of surgery is worth the comfort and trust you will obtain with the right surgeon for you.
There are 7 types of gynecomastia.
Type 1 gynecomastia is referred to as “puffy nipple”. It is usually composed of glandular tissue that is firm and dense. Many Type 1 gynecomastia patients in LA have lean body mass, have little fat and are of young age. Surgically removing the glandular breast tissue is the preferred choice for Dr. Steinbrech and are minimally invasive.
Type 2 gynecomastia is the most common type. Most males have excess breast volume that consumes the lower chest and is often the size of a tennis ball and could even be as large as a soft ball. Liposuction is the preferred and most effective treatment however; some patients have a combination of both fatty and glandular tissue. For these type of cases, a combination of liposuction and surgical removal is the preferred choice of surgery.
Type 3 gynecomastia has a chest angle of 45-60 degrees and begins to sag when the angle is within this range. Treatment for Type 3 gynecomastia depends on age and skin quality of the chest. Surgical removal of breast tissue is often the preferred technique to ensure all necessary breast tissue is removed.
Type 4 gynecomastia has a chest angle of 60-90 degrees. This means there is already a noticeable component of chest sag present and skin removal is necessary to correct the visibility of breast sag. Surgical removal of breast tissue is the ideal procedure to ensure all of the breast tissue is removed. Liposuction is not an effective treatment for removing Type 4 gynecomastia.
Type 5 gynecomastia as defined as having sagging breast tissue, which falls below the chest fold, and the bottom of the areola is located above the chest fold. Type 5 gynecomastia requires an anchor lift to properly tighten the chest. Males with Type 5 have extra excess skin that needs to be treated effectively. Dr. Steinbrech will perform both liposuction and surgical removal of breast tissue at the same time for this type of gynecomastia.
Type 6 gynecomastia has severe breast tissue sag and falls below the chest fold. It can be seen extending under the arm pits and towards the back. If the patient is heavy and over weight, liposuction may be used to flatten the breast and decrease the fatty deposits. Surgical removal of the glandular breast tissue is the preferred choice for Dr. Steinbrech to ensure that all necessary breast tissue is removed.
Type 7 gynecomastia has the top of the areola sagging below the level of the chest fold. There may be noticeable volume in the breast which will often extend towards the back. Surgical removal of the breast tissue is the best option for Type 7 gynecomastia to ensure complete removal of all unwanted breast tissue for male patients.
For more information about gynecomastia in Los Angeles, please fill out our contact form to set up your no-obligation consultation for male breast reduction today. You may also call our office at 310-570-2402 to speak to one of our Patient Advisors about gynecomastia.