It’s a common misconception that estrogen is a hormone exclusive to women, but men generate it too—though usually in small doses. But, if your estrogen levels are out of balance with your testosterone, you may develop a condition known as gynecomastia—the swelling of breast tissue. If this is you, you’re not alone. Over 200,000 cases are reported in the United States every year, and it affects men of all ages. It’s not a dangerous condition, but it can sometimes be associated with pain, and can cause embarrassment in social settings. That’s where Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery of Columbus can help—by providing a male breast reduction.
Gynecomastia can occur in many different degrees, from a fully developed breast to enlargement beneath the nipple. Different treatment options are available—usually liposuction, excision of breast tissue, or a combination of the two. Dr. Houser is skilled and experienced in both procedures, and a private consultation is the best way to determine if you’re a good candidate. He’ll want to confirm that your condition is indeed caused by a hormonal imbalance and is something that can’t be remedied through other means. You’ll also need to be at a stable weight, in good physical health, and a nonsmoker. Although it is sometimes desirable to perform a gynecomastia in adolescent boys, often the condition will resolve itself after puberty, and it may be deemed best to hold off any procedures until full adulthood. If you are found to be a good candidate, the recovery time is usually about two weeks and the results are often permanent.
Call Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery of Columbus today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Houser and learn more about the solution to gynecomastia.