Gynecomastia is a condition that affects males at any age. Most men report that they have had male breasts since puberty. Gynecomastia can occur due to a glandular issue, stubborn fat, or an imbalance of hormones. It presents as female breast tissue, stubborn fat, and enlarged areolas. A simple test for Gynecomastia involves pinching the areolar and nipple and feeling for rocky, spongey, or fatty tissue in the breast.
Gynecomastia is also known as:
- Male gyno
- Male breasts
- Man boobs
How can you tell you have Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is thick tissue underneath the nipple/areola complex. This thick gynecomastia tissue can feel like small rocks underneath your skin. An easy at-home test to see if you have Gynecomastia is to pinch the skin of your abdomen and then pinch the nipple/areola complex. If you feel harder tissue in the chest area, you potentially have Gynecomastia.
What’s the best way to confirm Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia can be confirmed on a physical exam by a qualified health care provider such as board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Azouz. Dr. Azouz can diagnose Gynecomastia by performing a history and physical exam for confirmation. Experienced plastic surgeon Dr. Azouz can also perform virtual consultations to diagnose and make plans to treat Gynecomastia. Virtual consultations with securely emailed photography and video chat allow Dr. Azouz (in most cases) to be able to confirm the diagnosis of Gynecomastia. With that being said, some healthcare providers who do not have a high volume of Gynecomastia patients in their practice will have you undergo a mammogram or ultrasound to confirm the diagnosis of Gynecomastia.
How do I treat Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia most often requires surgical intervention to remove the thick, stubborn tissue and fat in your chest. You may have noticed that your Gynecomastia remains present even with diet and exercise. Dr. Azouz performs high volumes of gynecomastia surgery in Dallas, Texas, on a weekly basis for gynecomastia patients all over the country.
Gynecomastia surgery in Dallas with board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. David Azouz and Dr. Solomon Azouz also addresses the removal of armpit fat.
How is Gynecomastia surgery performed?
Dr. Azouz uses a combination of custom-made liposuction cannulas to remove fatty tissue surrounding the chest and lateral chest wall (armpit area). Dr. Azouz also directly excises thicker tissue from the breasts during gynecomastia surgery. This is all done through a tiny incision that is camouflaged in the nipple/areola.
What kind of anesthesia is used during Gynecomastia surgery?
In most cases, male breast reduction surgery with Dr. Azouz is performed under a combination of local anesthetic and sedative medications. This means that you are breathing on your own for your procedure unlike when general anesthesia is used and a machine breathes for you. Dr. Azouz finds that his patients have a quicker recovery with less grogginess and post-operative nausea with the use of sedation and local anesthetic.
What is recovery like for Gynecomastia surgery like with Dr. Azouz?
Gynecomastia surgery performed by Dr. Azouz is done as an outpatient surgery which means you go home the same day as your surgery. You will leave surgery wearing compression garments. It is suggested that you take the rest of the day after your gynecomastia surgery to relax and recover. Many of Dr. Azouz’s gynecomastia patients return to their desk duties within the first few days after surgery. You will have post-operative appointments with Dr. Azouz in his Dallas-based location or with virtual appointments. During each of your follow-up appointments, Dr. Azouz will monitor your healing progress and will guide you back into more strenuous activities such as heavy weight lifting or exercise.
Contact Dr. Azouz to treat Gynecomastia
Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Azouz has treated Gynecomastia patients successfully in Dallas, TX for more than 30 years. Request your consultation in-person or virtual consultation by calling 972 702 8888 and take the first step to get the sculpted and masculine chest you are dreaming of.