What is Gynecomastia?
The scientific term gynecomastia is used to describe male breast enlargement. This condition is one that can result in a feminine chest due to the abnormal growth of breast tissue. Many times, gynecomastia is caused by an unknown hormonal issue. This condition can also be caused by certain drugs, steroids, weight gain, or it can be hereditary. Men with this condition typically feel anxious and worried, most commonly in circumstances where the upper body and chest are seen, such as at the beach, pool, or in the gym. Board-certified cosmetic surgeons Dr. Erik Nuveen and Dr. Courtney Caplin perform surgical breast reduction for men who suffer from gynecomastia. This surgical procedure tends to have a very high success rate, and it's known as one of the more common cosmetic treatments for men at Cosmetic Surgery Affiliates in Jacksonville, FL.
"couldn’t be happier - I am a 30 year old mom who nursed her children for 6 years. I went to Dr.Nuveen and he listened to me and addressed my needs! He went above and beyond to make sure that I’d be happy with my results, and boy howdy! I couldn’t be happier! He did so amazing!!!"- J. / RealSelf / May 26, 2021
"I am a 30 year old mom who nursed her children for 6 years. I went to Dr.Nuveen and he listened to me and addressed my needs! He went above and beyond to make sure that I’d be happy with my results, and boy howdy! I couldn’t be happier! He did so amazing!!!"- J. / RealSelf / May 26, 2021
"So Glad I Went with Dr Caplin! - Dr Caplin and her husband Dr Nuveen did an amazing job on my full body lift. The after care and level of concern has been helpful and I have nothing but good to say about them and their work. I consulted with several experts before settling on Cosmetic Surgery Affiliates and I couldn't be happier."- C. / RealSelf / Jan 26, 2021
"Dr Caplin and her husband Dr Nuveen did an amazing job on my full body lift. The after care and level of concern has been helpful and I have nothing but good to say about them and their work. I consulted with several experts before settling on Cosmetic Surgery Affiliates and I couldn't be happier."- C. / RealSelf / Jan 19, 2021
"The facility and staff is great!! A very comfortable environment. Dr. Nuveen did a fantastic job on an earlobe construction surgery that I had at CSA. He and everyone there made sure I was very comfortable the whole time, would highly recommend him and Cosmetic Surgery Affiliates!!"- J.R. / Yelp / Dec 16, 2020
HOW IS GYNECOMASTIA TREATED?
Gynecomastia surgery is reserved for men with overly large breasts that cannot be reduced with diet and exercise. If you are embarrassed by the size and shape of your chest, you may benefit from gynecomastia surgery. During your initial consultation, treatment options will be presented and may include the chances of undergoing surgery to correct the condition. A form of liposuction is almost always utilized during gynecomastia surgery. While you are under general anesthesia, liposuction removes excess pockets of fat from the internal chest region. Afterward, any lax skin will be excised to create a more tightened appearance, and then the nipple will be surgically reshaped and placed into a proportionate position. For most men, this technique requires an incision close to where the glandular tissue collects. After the pockets of fat and excess skin have been appropriately handled, we will tighten the remaining skin.
Gynecomastia Treatment FAQ
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. Nuveen and Dr. Caplin urge you to focus on how to get your best results rather than costs. To help make male breast reduction surgery fit your budget, Cosmetic Surgery Affiliates accepts many payment methods. We can also help you locate low-interest financing. While male breast reduction is usually not covered by insurance, it is worth talking to your insurer to confirm.
What causes gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia develops in men when there is an imbalance in the hormones. In most cases, gynecomastia is linked to the long-term use of anabolic steroids or androgens. It can also be caused by using illegal drugs, including heroin and marijuana. Gynecomastia might also be caused by some health conditions (for example, hyperthyroidism, hypogonadism, and tumors) or some medications (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 can cause pain, tenderness, and swelling. Some patients might have false gynecomastia (also known as pseudogynecomastia), so Dr. Caplin and Dr. Nuveen suggest patients lose weight by following a healthy diet and exercise before seeking treatment for gynecomastia. If you have enlarged breasts when you are at a healthy weight, we can perform an examination and tests to diagnose gynecomastia. These may include blood tests, a mammogram, 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) has not approved any medications to treat gynecomastia. Although they are not approved for the treatment of gynecomastia, some breast cancer medications (Tamoxifen or Raloxifene) might have limited effects. Strength training to build the pectoral muscles cannot reduce the amount of breast tissue and could make the breasts appear larger.
Will this fix puffy or pointy nipples?
Puffy or pointy nipples may be caused by glandular gynecomastia. If this is a concern for you, be sure to tell Dr. Nuveen or Dr. Caplin at your consultation. They will customize your treatment plan to use the best technique and incision pattern to correct your nipples. Oversized areolas may also be corrected in surgery for gynecomastia. It's important to be open and honest about your needs and wants during your initial consultation, so we can make sure you are happy with your results.
Restore your Masculine Chest
If you suffer from the effects of gynecomastia, we welcome you to call our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Nuveen and Dr. Caplin to learn more about our male breast reduction surgery at Cosmetic Surgery Affiliates. After treatment for gynecomastia, you won't have to keep hiding your chest at the gym and pool. We have treated many Jacksonville, FL men and have enjoyed helping them reestablish their self-esteem.