Gynecomastia is the medical term for male breast enlargement. It is a condition that can result in a female-like chest due to the abnormal growth of breast tissue. In many cases, gynecomastia is caused by an underlying hormonal condition. This condition can also be caused by certain drugs, steroids, major weight gain or loss, or genetics. Men with this issue generally feel embarrassed, more so in circumstances where the chest area is shown, such as by the pool or in the gym. Dublin and Columbus, OH plastic surgeon Dr. Brian Dorner offers cosmetic breast treatment for men who have gynecomastia. This cosmetic treatment has a very high success rate. It is one of the more popular cosmetic surgeries for men at Dorner Plastic Surgery.
"My surgery was great. No issues and had a good recovery time. The staff was great, especially the 2 girls at the counter. I’ll be back in the future!"- J.B. / Google / Mar 18, 2020
"I wish I could give more than five stars; AMAZING experience! I've struggled to build muscle/bulk in certain areas of my body my whole life and decided it was time to take action. For about 6 months, I researched options and plastic surgeons, mostly based in LA and NY. I luckily stumbled across Dr. Dorner in my search and I'm so glad I found him. The whole staff is very friendly, supportive, smart and very accommodating. Dr. Dorner made recommendations based on the results I was trying to achieve and I have to say, he knocked it out of the park. I highly recommend Dorner Plastic Surgery."- R.C. / Google / Nov 23, 2019
"When All else Fails - If you've read my first procedure review, you know what's happening. If not, I'll give a brief synopsis for you.Back in 2016; I worked my a** off, literally. After losing 90 pounds I was left with stubborn belly fat and saggy skin around my abdomen. It was really affecting me and my view of my body. I worked extremely hard and felt I had nothing to show for it. Enter in, Dr. Dorner.I had my tummy tuck with muscle repair and liposuction done in September of 2016. 12 weeks into recovery..........Pregnant.I was extremely worried. I had just had this major abdominal surgery and now it was going to be undone; would it be okay for the baby, is it going to be too tight, would there be any complications? I had an amazing OB/GYN and it turned out her brother is a plastic surgeon. She said that she has had several patients that have had a tummy tuck and then had babies, with little complications, although they hadn't been as soon after.Long story short, everything turned out fine. I was fine, baby was fine (although she was breech and we couldn't get her to turn - no matter how hard we tried) and she was born in August of 2017.During my pregnancy I gained about 29 pounds. After my pregnancy, I gained additional weight. You know....new baby, whatever sleep I could get, nursing..these things took priority. I have managed to lose 23 pounds. So that's great, but it hasn't been lost from where I want. I've been trying hard, not as hard as before but still hard and the fats just not budging.I saw Dr. Dorner today for a consultation; after looking at the areas around my hips, he agreed and said he could perform liposuction with no issues. He did ask if I had had any drastic weight loss prior to my tummy tuck because I have more skin than he'd expect for someone who gained a small amount during pregnancy. I can't fault him for asking, I doubt he remembers my previous history, so I said yes. He briefly mentioned a posterior body tuck which I guess is like a tummy tuck for the backside. No thanks. Just the lipo please. I can live with my cellulite and not have to finance a down payment on a house.The quote was less than I imagined so I'm fairly certain this is going to happen. Just have to plan when; it looks like it will be shortly before mother's day, he's good at what he does and books out pretty far, plus it'll be my gift to myself."- M. / RealSelf / Mar 10, 2020
"I had an amazing experience undergoing Ultherapy with Christine at Dorner Plastic Surgery. I was a bit worried about the pain going into the treatment, however, Christine was able to keep my discomfort to an absolute minimum. I would highly recommend this non-invasive, essentially painless treatment!"- A.S. / Google / Jan 18, 2020
"Thank you so much Dr. Dorner.😊 and the for the awesome staff and to see Christina. and Ann. You guys gave this girl hope and happiness today,and I'm at peace because I trusted him with my life 6 years ago and did the best scar or a miracle work in such a huge cut during a big surgery. I'm very thankful! please go over to see them!... they are awesome!!! ☺🤗🙏✌"- J.L. / Facebook / Jan 14, 2020
Gynecomastia Ideal Candidates
Gynecomastia surgery is a procedure for men with visible excess breast tissue that cannot be corrected with diet and exercise. If you are embarrassed by the look of your chest (but at a good weight), you may benefit from this surgery by Dr. Dorner at Dorner Plastic Surgery. Male teens may also benefit from gynecomastia surgery; however, a future procedure may be necessary later during adulthood if new breast tissue continues to grow. During your first appointment with Dr. Dorner, treatment options will be presented and may include the likelihood of having surgery to repair the condition.
Gynecomastia Surgical Technique
Fat removal is usually utilized during gynecomastia surgery. Performed under general anesthesia, liposuction removes excess fat from the chest wall. Next, any loose or wrinkled skin will be excised to create a tighter appearance, and then the nipple will be placed into a more correct position. In most cases, this technique requires a small incision near where the glandular tissue resides. Once the fat and loose skin have been addressed, Dr. Dorner will tighten the remaining skin.
What To Expect with Gynecomastia
After your gynecomastia treatment, the chest will be wrapped with a medical garment to help minimize swelling. In advanced cases where a more invasive technique was used, a drainage tube may be inserted to assist with fluid. The results following gynecomastia treatment are immediately seen and most patients are extremely pleased with the physical change. The incisions made during this procedure take a few weeks to heal and scarring is usually barely visible. With your enhanced chest, you can get clearance from Dr. Dorner to continue exercise and strength training, which will assist in complementing the final outcome.
Gynecomastia Frequently Asked Questions
How much does male breast reduction cost?
Gynecomastia is a medical issue that requires a skilled surgeon. This is why Dr. Dorner urges you to focus on getting quality results over costs. To help make your surgery easier to afford, Dorner Plastic Surgery accepts many payment methods and we can. We can also help you find low-interest medical financing. While male breast reduction is typically not covered by health insurance, it is worth talking to your provider to confirm.
What causes gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is caused by a disruption in hormone balance. Most often, gynecomastia is linked to the long-term 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 (for example, hypogonadism, hyperthyroidism, and tumors) as well as some medications (for example, 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 swelling, tenderness, and pain. Some men may have false gynecomastia (also known as pseudogynecomastia), so Dr. Dorner encourages patients to try to lose weight with a healthy diet and exercise before seeking treatment for gynecomastia. If you still have enlarged breasts at a healthy weight, Dr. Dorner 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 the treatment of gynecomastia, some breast cancer medications (for example, 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?
Glandular gynecomastia can cause puffy or pointy nipples. If this is a concern for you, please talk to Dr. Dorner 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 is important to be open and honest with Dr. Dorner about your needs and goals in your consultation, so he can ensure you are happy with your results.
Restore Your Masculine Chest
If you suffer from the effects of gynecomastia, we welcome you to contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Dorner to learn more about our male breast reduction surgery at Dorner Plastic Surgery. After treatment for gynecomastia, you can stop covering up your chest at the gym and pool. We have helped many Dublin and Columbus, OH men and have enjoyed watching them regain their self-confidence.