What is Gynecomastia?

It can often make men feel awkward, uncomfortable, and self-conscious, but excess fat in the chest area is not an uncommon condition – and it can be treated. Gynecomastia, the clinical term for enlarged breasts in men, can be addressed with male breast reduction surgery at our practice serving Reno, Nevada, and the Lake Tahoe region. Dr. Tiffany McCormack is an experienced plastic surgeon who can eliminate excess fat and tissue in the breasts and give the chest area a more tightened, fit appearance.

What Causes Gynecomastia?

While gynecomastia typically manifests in the teenage years, the condition can arise at any time over the age of puberty. A singular cause of gynecomastia is unknown, but visible male breast tissue has been known to result from a variety of factors, including:

  • Genetics
  • Obesity
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Steroid use
  • Medications containing estrogen
  • Aging
  • Klinefelter Syndrome

What are the Symptoms of Gynecomastia?

In general, lingering breast fullness that does not resolve itself after puberty in spite of good dieting and exercise habits can be a sign of gynecomastia. Symptoms of the condition may include:

  • Overdeveloped breasts
  • Breasts that appear disproportionate
  • Swelling or protrusion of the nipples
  • Breast tenderness
  • Excessive glandular tissue

If left untreated, gynecomastia can lead to serious psychological problems, including depression and extremely low self-esteem. If you think you may be affected by gynecomastia, please contact Dr. McCormack at our Reno-area practice. During a consultation, she can help you discover whether breast tissue, glandular tissue, or accumulated fat is creating your enlarged breast appearance, and discuss the appropriate treatment options accordingly.

True Gynecomastia vs. Pseudogynecomastia

Gynecomastia and pseudogynecomastia are terms used to describe excessive breast fullness in men. As both conditions can look the same—typically creating an enlarged breast appearance—many patients are unsure whether they are affected by one or the other.

The biggest distinction between gynecomastia and pseudogynecomastia is the type of tissue creating the look of increased chest mass. While gynecomastia is characterized by excess breast or glandular tissue, pseudogynecomastia refers to breast fullness caused by stubborn fat (adipose tissue). As the prefix “pseudo” means “resembling something else,” many patients who experience redundant fat in, around, and behind the nipples believe they have true gynecomastia as opposed to pseudogynecomastia. However, pseudogynecomastia can cause many of the same symptoms as gynecomastia, such as embarrassment and a negative body image. Dr. McCormack offers treatment for both conditions and can perform an examination to determine the best way to restore the flat planes of the chest for your unique situation.

How is the Male Breast Reduction Procedure Performed?

Treatment for gynecomastia will depend on your individual situation. Dr. Tiffany McCormack will first determine whether your condition is caused by excess fat and tissue, or by glandular tissue. In cases of excess fat and skin, liposuction alone may be all that is needed to reduce the breasts. Sometimes, even non-surgical fat reduction methods, such as CoolSculpting®, can be enough to achieve the desired result.   Once the excess tissue has been removed, the area should have a more contoured, firm appearance. Dr. McCormack will go over all aspects of the procedure with you at your initial consultation, and help you determine if male breast reduction is the best option to meet your needs.

What is Recovery from Male Breast Reduction Like?

Depending on the extent of the procedure, patients can expect some bruising and mild discomfort after male breast reduction. Any residual discomfort can be alleviated with medication. Normal daily routines can typically be resumed within a few days after surgery.

How Much Does Male Breast Reduction Cost?

Patient reviews from Realself.com list the average price of gynecomastia treatment near Reno as $5,525, with the cost ranging anywhere between $2,500 – $9,650 depending on your needs. Although this figure is not necessarily an accurate reflection of the price at our practice, it can hopefully serve as a general approximation while you research treatment options. The cost of your unique procedure will be influenced by the type of surgical technique used, as well as other factors, such as your geographic location and the expertise of your plastic surgeon.

In our effort to make the cost of treatment more affordable, our practice works with some of the leading healthcare companies in the nation, including CareCredit®, ALPHAEON™ Credit, and Prosper® Healthcare Lending. These plastic surgery financing options offer qualified applicants a wide array of flexible payment plans with low monthly installments to suit their budgetary concerns. If you have any questions about the cost of gynecomastia treatment, or would like to speak to a member of our team, don’t hesitate to reach out to our practice today.

With confidential, effective male breast reduction procedures, our plastic surgeon serving the Lake Tahoe and Reno, Nevada area can help men fight gynecomastia and increase their self-confidence. Please contact Dr. Tiffany McCormack to schedule a consultation.