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A large percentage of the male population has gynecomastia at some point in their lives. It is particularly common among middle-aged and older men and in boys during puberty or with obesity. At Cara Plastic Surgery & Laser Center in Los Angeles, Dr. David Kahng performs male breast reduction surgery with precision and skill to restore a more masculine, trim appearance to the chest.

What causes Gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia is a condition involving enlarged male breasts. It is triggered by a decrease in the amount of testosterone in relation to the amount of estrogen in the body. Enlarged male breasts result from hormone imbalance, which can be brought on by:

Natural changes in hormone levels

Many teenagers have gynecomastia brought on by puberty, which typically resolves on its own within 6 months to 2 years. More than 50% of male newborn infants have enlarged breasts from their mother’s estrogen, which usually goes away within a few weeks. At least 1 in 4 men in the 50 to 69 age group have enlarged breasts due to decreasing testosterone levels associated with aging.

Medications

Several health conditions can affect hormone balance and lead to gynecomastia. Examples include: hyperthyroidism (over-producing thyroid gland); certain tumors; cirrhosis of the liver; malnutrition; aging; and hypogonadism (conditions that interfere with normal production of testosterone); and obesity.

Health conditions

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Who Is a Good Candidate for Male Breast Reduction

Male breast reduction in Orange County/Los Angeles is performed to reduce breast size in men who dislike or are embarrassed about having enlarged breasts. You may be a good candidate for this procedure if you:

  • Are unhappy with the size and appearance of your breasts
  • Experience physical discomfort from excessive breast tissue
  • Have good skin elasticity
  • Are not significantly overweight
  • Have tried diet and exercise to reduce breast size

How Is Male Breast Reduction Performed?

The goal of male breast reduction surgery is to create more attractive, masculine chest contours and to correct any deformities of the nipple, areola, or male breast. Options for surgical technique include either or a combination of:

  • Liposuction or laser lipolysis to remove excess fat in the breasts
  • Excision, the surgical removal of glandular and other tissue

The surgical approach for your procedure will depend on your anatomy and the amount of excess tissue you have. The most common approach is an incision extending along the bottom half of the areola, in the pigmented portion to disguise incision scars.

Minimally-invasive surgical techniques and advances in laser liposuction technology have increased the success and popularity of gynecomastia surgery in recent years. If you are tired of living with excessive breast tissue, schedule a consultation with Dr. David Kahng and Dr. JoAnna Nguyen at Cara Plastic Surgery & Laser Center in Los Angeles/Orange County to find out if male breast reduction surgery can bring you relief, and a smooth, masculine, upper chest contour.

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