The scientific term gynecomastia is used for enlarged male breasts. This condition is one that can produce a feminine chest due to the increase of growing breast tissue. Many times, gynecomastia is related to an unknown hormonal problem. It may also be caused by certain medications, steroids, weight gain, or it can be hereditary. Men with this condition often feel anxious and embarrassed, most commonly in situations where the chest is exposed, such as at the beach or pool or at the gym. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Phillip Chang performs surgical breast reduction for men who suffer from gynecomastia. This surgery does have a high success rate. It is known as one of the more common cosmetic treatments for men at Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center in Leesburg, VA.
"It's been over a year and a half since I've been going to Dr. Chang's office, I drive an hour just to get here (although I know some drive three hours or more to see him!). I did a lot of research to find a board certified plastic surgeon in the area with a solid and reputable background.Throughout my visits, he's been incredibly kind and taken the time to listen to my never ending list of questions. There are a lot of doctors that push services that you don't need just for money but he'll be transparent to tell you exactly what he feels you'll need in order to gain improvement and will work with you to see what could be the best outcome. You can also text or email him directly after any invasive procedures if you have any questions/concerns instead of waiting for a follow up. I also don't want to forget the rest of the staff - everyone from the receptionists and nurses have been very gracious, patient and accommodating to my needs but I also want to mention Melanie whose an RN at Dr. Chang's office. She has superb bed side skills and truly makes you feel at ease when you're speaking with her. I've probably annoyed her with a million questions and emails but she's still been stellar. I highly recommend her for any non-surgical procedures. They have a few videos on their website and youtube as well so you have an idea of who they are and the procedures they perform if you want to get a better idea yourself but I definitely recommend them, they're awesome."- M. / Google / Jul 24, 2018
"First of all, Dr. Chang did my breast augmentation surgery and I love it! Not only is he knowledgeable of his craft but he is constantly learning the newest procedures and trends. If he thinks a trend doesn’t really work, he will let you know. It’s not every day you get a plastic surgeon talking you out of doing a procedure and giving him money when he knows it doesn’t work. That’s the kind of person and surgeon Dr. Chang is. His staff are amazing, friendly, professional, helpful and also good at what they do. He isn’t known for being the best plastic surgeon in the area for no reason! I have also had Botox and laser hair removal done at Aesthetica, And have been equally happy with those procedures as well! I have referred many friends to Dr. Chang who have not been disappointed in his work. If you’re looking for a great plastic surgeon he’s your guy!"- R.H. / Google / Jul 07, 2018
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"Love coming here for all my aesthetic and cosmetic needs. From the moment you are greeted and checked in to the time you leave, you are treated with the best customer service. The ladies at the front are always smiling and greet you warmly. The aestheticians and nurses go above and beyond to make you feel comfortable while getting serviced. I recommend Dr Chang and his staff to all my friends and family."- J.S. / Yelp / May 22, 2018
"Five Stars - If you are looking for a refreshed natural look, go no further... Dr. Chang is the one you want. Ask all the questions you have and he will answer and explain the issues thoroughly, ask for suggestions and you will get his honest opinion. His office staff is great, particularly the clinic manager, Karen, who is very kind, knowledgeable and has been with Dr. Chang for a long time, so they make a great team.Being and established patient of Dr. Chang I feel very confortable sharing other medically related issues and I always get expert advise."- Anonymous / Vitals / May 12, 2018
Male breast reduction treatment is reserved for men with overly sized breasts that cannot be treated through medications or diet. If you are frustrated by the size and shape of your chest (but you're healthy and at a good weight), you could possibly benefit from male breast reduction surgery by Dr. Chang at Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center. Adolescent teens may also attain positive results from gynecomastia treatment; however, an additional procedure may be needed later as an adult if excess breast tissue continues to develop. In your initial consultation with Dr. Chang, treatment considerations will be provided, including the chances of moving forward with surgery to correct the condition.
A form of liposuction is typically utilized during male breast reduction surgery. While you are under general anesthesia, liposuction helps eliminate excess fat tissue from the internal chest region. Afterward, any lax skin will be carefully trimmed away to produce a taut look, and then the nipple area and surrounding areola will be surgically reshaped and placed into a proportionate position. For most men, this treatment strategy requires an incision in proximity to where the glandular tissue has formed. After the pockets of fat and excess skin have been appropriately handled, Dr. Chang will pull together the remaining skin.
What To Expect
At the conclusion of your gynecomastia surgery, the chest will be supported with a compression bandage to help try and eliminate swelling, bleeding, and bruising. For complex cases where a more intricate approach was used, a small tube for draining may be properly positioned to help with fluid. The outcomes following this procedure are almost immediately visible and most men are extremely excited with the cosmetic enhancement. Any incisions made during surgery take time to heal and any scars left behind are barely seen. With your new, masculine-appearing chest, you may get medical clearance from Dr. Chang to incorporate exercise and weight training, which will help accentuate the surgical results.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does male breast reduction cost?
Excessive male breast tissue (gynecomastia) is a medical problem that is best handled by an experienced surgeon. For this reason, Dr. Chang suggests you focus on how to get your best results rather than costs. To make male breast reduction surgery fit your budget, Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center takes several payment methods. We can also help you locate low-interest financing. While surgery for gynecomastia is generally not covered by insurance, it's worth contacting your insurer to check.
What causes gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia develops in men when there is an imbalance in the hormones. In most cases, gynecomastia is connected to the use of androgens and anabolic steroids. It may also be the result of using illegal drugs, including marijuana or heroin. Gynecomastia might also be triggered by some medical conditions (hyperthyroidism, hypogonadism, and tumors) plus some medications (highly active antiretroviral therapy for AIDS, chemotherapy, and anti-anxiety medications).
How can I tell if I have gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia occurs in men when there is an overgrowth of breast tissue in the chest, which can cause tenderness, swelling, and pain. Some patients might have pseudogynecomastia (false gynecomastia), so Dr. Chang suggests patients to lose weight by following an exercise plan and healthy diet before considering surgery. If you have excess breast tissue when you are at a healthy weight, Dr. Chang will perform a physical exam and order diagnostic tests. This might include a mammogram, blood tests, or a biopsy to look for other causes like an infection or the breast tissue (mastitis) or cancer.
Can gynecomastia be treated with exercise or pills?
Male breast reduction surgery is the most effective treatment for gynecomastia. Currently, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) hasn't approved any medications for the treatment of gynecomastia. Although they aren't approved for gynecomastia, a few breast cancer medications (Raloxifene or Tamoxifen) might give you minimal improvements. Upper body weight training to increase the pectoral muscles will not reduce the excess breast tissue and could even make the breasts look bigger.
Will this fix puffy or pointy nipples?
Puffy or pointy nipples may be caused by glandular gynecomastia. If you are concerned about this, be sure to tell Dr. Chang at your consultation. He will personalize your surgical plan to select the best incision pattern and technique to improve your nipples. Oversized areolas may also be corrected in surgery for gynecomastia. It is crucial to be honest with Dr. Chang about all your concerns and wants during your initial consultation, so he can help you attain the results you want.
Restore your Masculine Chest
If you are frustrated with the side effects of male breast enlargement (gynecomastia), we invite you to call our office and schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Chang to learn about our male breast reduction procedure at Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center. Once you've had treatment for gynecomastia (male breast enlargement), you won't have to keep hiding your chest when you go to the gym and beach. We have assisted so many Leesburg, VA men and have enjoyed helping them reestablish their self-esteem.