Gynecomastia is the medical term for enlarged male breasts. It is a condition that can create a female-like chest due to abnormally growing breast tissue. In many cases, gynecomastia is caused by an underlying hormonal issue. This condition can also be caused by certain drugs, steroids, obesity, or genetics. Men with this issue typically feel frustrated and anxious, especially in circumstances where the upper body and chest are seen, such as by the pool or in the gym. Scott Sessions, a board-certified plastic surgeon in La Mesa, CA, offers male breast reduction surgery for men who have gynecomastia. This surgical procedure has a very high success rate. It is considered one of the more popular cosmetic procedures for men at Dr. Sessions's AAAASF-accredited surgical facility, Sessions Plastic Surgery Centre.
"I have never been more impressed in my life! If you want to feel like a million bucks then I suggest that you go see Dr. Scott Sessions. He is amazing! Knowledgeable, friendly and handsome! The office is very nice and clean. To top it off... you will be welcomed as if you were family. Jen is fabulous! She is also very knowledgeable, has a great personality and super professional. I highly recommend them."- R.W. / Google / May 16, 2019
"Great doctor listen double Board certification in plastic surgery great ! Bedside manner not your typical doctor!! Awesome cool person cares about his patients does a great job"- J.D. / Yelp / Jul 28, 2020
"I've had several surgeries with Dr. Sessions and he has always been very knowledgeable and experienced. He, as well as the staff, have an amazing bedside manner and made me feel very comfortable. He takes the time to explain everything, make sure you understand and are comfortable with it and lay out the plan before surgery. I ended up having a complication that rarely occurs; Dr. Sessions was able to correct it quickly. They even offered to help process financial assistance through the implant manufacturer. I have and would again trust him and all the staff there with my life! I can't say enough about how awesome Dr and his staff are!"- K.M. / Yelp / Mar 31, 2020
"I’ve had several surgeries with Dr. Sessions and he has always been very knowledgeable and experienced. He, as well as the staff, have an amazing bedside manner and made me feel very comfortable. He takes the time to explain everything, make sure you understand and are comfortable with it and lay out the plan before surgery. I ended up having a complication that rarely occurs; Dr. Sessions was able to correct it quickly. They even offered to help process financial assistance through the implant manufacturer. I have and would again trust him and all the staff there with my life! I can’t say enough about how awesome Dr and his staff are!"- K.M. / Yelp / Mar 31, 2020
"Back in 2009, I had a breast augmentation up in Temecula. The surgeon insisted that I get larger implants than I originally wanted. Stating that after the procedure, the majority of his patients wish they’d gone bigger. I had the surgery and because of my size at the time (100 lbs, 5’3”) my back constantly hurt due to the larger size he insisted on me getting! Ten years and two kids later, my 32DDD’s hung down to my stomach and there were not enough sports bras in the state of California to hold those things in. One of my best friends has gone to Dr. Sessions for implants and a tummy tuck. It was several years ago and her results were amazing! I decided to go in for a consult to get my implants removed and a lift. I immediately felt comfortable at Dr. Sessions office. His nurses (especially Jennifer) treated me like family. I scheduled my surgery for a couple weeks & honestly, I was not nervous what so ever. I trusted Dr. Sessions and his staff and felt like I was in the best hands. I woke up from the surgery and took the deepest breath I had been able to take in 10 years. Over the last few months, I began going to Dr. Sessions for Juvederm. I had been getting lip injections for years and always ended up extremely bruised. Dr Sessions used a different technique and my lips didn’t bruise one bit! My lips weren’t even lumpy the following days after like I was used to happening each & every time before. A couple weeks ago, I underwent rhinoplasty; I had always been self conscious about my nose and I knew I would get the best results with Dr. Sessions. It didn’t take long at all and when I had the cast removed 5 days later, I was so happy with the results, and all the swelling hasn’t even gone down yet! I am now actually planning on getting implants again sometime this year. I never thought I would have that procedure again after my experience with my previous plastic surgeon. However, I am confident that Dr Sessions will choose the best size for my body shape; I have seen my friend’s results (we have similar body shapes) and they fit her body perfectly. Whenever I have ANY questions, I email Jennifer at the office and always receive a reply within minutes! The office goes above and beyond to always be available to their patients which is incredibly rare these days!! I cannot say enough good things about Dr. Session’s practice and his staff. I promise that whoever decides to have any procedures done by him, they will be extremely satisfied with their results!!"- S.S. / Google / Feb 28, 2020
Male breast reduction surgery is a procedure for men who have enlarged breasts that cannot be reduced with a healthy lifestyle or exercise and diet. If you are a physically healthy adult male who is troubled by the appearance of your chest, you may benefit from gynecomastia surgery by Dr. Sessions at Sessions Plastic Surgery Centre. Teenagers may also benefit from gynecomastia surgery; however, a secondary procedure may be warranted later during adulthood if abnormal breast tissue continues to form. During your first appointment with Dr. Sessions, you will learn about all of your treatment options, which may include the possibility of undergoing surgery to repair the condition.
Male breast reduction surgery is typically performed with the patient under general anesthesia. For cases where gynecomastia is primarily the result of excess fatty tissue, liposuction techniques alone may be used. However, in severe cases of gynecomastia, the weight of excess breast tissue may cause the breasts to sag and the areola to become stretched. In these cases, the position and size of the areola can be surgically improved, and excess skin may be reduced. Sometimes gynecomastia is treated with both liposuction and excision.
Once the fat and loose skin have been removed, Dr. Sessions will pull and tighten the remaining skin. The result is a better-proportioned, more masculine-contoured upper body and the freedom and self-confidence to lead an active life.
What To Expect
Following your gynecomastia treatment, your chest will be secured with a medical garment to help decrease bruising and swelling. In advanced cases where a reconstructive method was required, a drainage tube may be placed in your chest temporarily to assist with fluid drainage. The results following male breast reduction surgery are immediately noticeable, and most patients are extremely satisfied with the physical change. The incisions made during treatment take several weeks to heal, and scarring is usually barely visible. Within several weeks, you can get permission from Dr. Sessions to engage in exercise and strength training, which will complement the end results.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does male breast reduction cost?
The cost for male breast reduction surgery is different from patient to patient and depends on factors, such as the amount of tissue that needs to be removed and the technique Dr. Sessions will use. Any breast reduction surgery, male or female, requires a skilled surgeon. This is why Dr. Sessions urges you to focus on getting quality results over costs. To make your surgery easier to afford, Sessions Plastic Surgery Centre accepts many payment methods, and we can also help you find low-interest financing.
What causes gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is caused by a disruption in hormone balance. Typically, gynecomastia is linked to the use of anabolic steroids or androgens. It can also be caused by using illegal drugs, like heroin and marijuana. Gynecomastia may also be caused by certain health conditions (hypogonadism, hyperthyroidism, 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 may cause pain, tenderness, and swelling. Some men may have false gynecomastia (also known as pseudogynecomastia) so Dr. Sessions encourages patients to lose weight with a healthy diet and exercise before seeking surgery for gynecomastia. If you have enlarged breasts at a healthy weight, Dr. Sessions can perform an examination and tests to diagnosis gynecomastia. This may include blood tests, a mammogram, or a biopsy to rule out other conditions, like breast cancer and mastitis (infection of the breast tissue).
Can gynecomastia be treated with exercise or pills?
The most effective treatment for gynecomastia is male breast reduction surgery. Currently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved any medications to treat gynecomastia. While they are not approved for gynecomastia, some breast cancer medications (Tamoxifen or Raloxifene) may have limited effects. Strength training to build the pectoral muscles cannot reduce the amount of breast tissue and may 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, please talk to Dr. Sessions during your consultation. He will customize your treatment plan to use the best technique and incision pattern to correct your nipples. Large areolas can also be reduced during male breast reduction surgery. It's important to be open with Dr. Sessions about your needs and goals in your consultation so he can ensure you get the kind of results you are looking for.
Restore your Masculine Chest
If you suffer from the effects of gynecomastia, we welcome you to get in touch with our office to schedule a private consultation with Dr. Sessions to learn more about our male breast reduction surgery. After treatment for male breast enlargement (gynecomastia), you can stop covering up your chest at the gym and pool. At Sessions Plastic Surgery Centre, we have worked with many La Mesa, CA men and have enjoyed watching them reclaim their confidence.