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Gynecomastia Specialist

Advanced Plastic Surgery Center

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons located in DC area, Arlington, VA

As many as 65% of men in the United States suffer from gynecomastia, or enlarged male breast tissue. Gynecomastia can develop from many causes, and after puberty will typically not subside on its own.  Many men find the condition embarrassing. At Advanced Plastic Surgery Center in Arlington, Virginia, cosmetic chest surgery for men with gynecomastia is one of the most popular procedures that board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Economides performs. To schedule a consultation with the experienced team to discuss your surgical options, call the office or request an appointment online today.

Gynecomastia Q & A

What is gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia is a medical term used to describe enlarged glandular breast tissue in men. It’s common and can develop at any age. However, the causes and treatments may vary depending on your age.

What causes gynecomastia?

During adolescence, some boys may develop gynecomastia due to high levels of estrogen. However, the enlarged breast tissue generally evens out as they reach their 20s. 

In adult men, gynecomastia can develop from many causes, including health conditions such as thyroid problems or cancer. The use of alcohol and marijuana may also increase the risk of enlarged glandular breast tissue.

Though the causes may vary, many men with gynecomastia may feel anxious or embarrassed about the excess breast tissue, which may affect self-esteem and self-confidence. Board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. James Economides, at Advanced Plastic Surgery Center can remove the excess tissue, which may help restore your self-confidence and self-esteem.

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What is the cosmetic treatment for gynecomastia?

Dr. Economides at Advanced Plastic Surgery Center typically treats gynecomastia with a combination of liposuction, which is a cosmetic procedure that removes the excess fat from the breast tissue. Liposuction is an outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia. He may sometimes use a small incision hidden around the nipple to remove glandular tissue.

Dedicated to ensuring you look your best, the cosmetic team may also tighten any loose skin, reduce the size of your areola, and reposition your nipple to give you a more natural contour.

After your procedure, the team covers your incisions with bandages and wraps a compression garment around your chest to assist with healing. Drains may also be placed to help remove excess blood and fluids. 

How long does it take to recover from gynecomastia surgery?

Recovery from gynecomastia surgery varies from patient to patient. However, the team has you return to the office frequently following your procedure to monitor your healing and progress. It may take a few weeks for your incisions to heal, but you should notice an improvement in your physique soon after the procedure.

Once you’re fully healed, the surgical team provides exercise and strength training exercises to help you maintain your new look.

Gynecomastia may be embarrassing, but you don’t have to live with it. To learn more about your surgical treatment options to remove excess breast tissue, call Advanced Plastic Surgery Center or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment today.