Gynecomastia is the medical term for male breast enlargement. It is a condition that can produce a female-like chest due to the increase of growing breast tissue. In many cases, gynecomastia is caused by an underlying hormonal problem. This condition can also be caused by certain drugs, steroids, weight gain, or genetics. Men with this issue often feel anxious and worried, most commonly in circumstances where the chest is exposed, such as by the pool or in the gym. Double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Marisa Lawrence offers surgical breast reduction for men who have gynecomastia. This surgery has a very high success rate. It is known as one of the more popular cosmetic treatments for men at Marisa Lawrence Plastic Surgery in Atlanta, GA.
"I had a few consultations before getting to Dr. Lawrence. Once it was over, my mom and I looked at each other and said "she's the one!". Her skill and knowledge seeps through when she talks to you. She handled me with such care and attention, almost in a maternal but professional way. I had my breast augmentation done during the COVID-19 pandemic so my support system wasn't allowed to come in with me. I was a little nervous about that but Dr. Lawrence and Nurse Angela, made me feel safe and protected. I hope I won't be needing anymore cosmetic surgery in the future but if I do, Dr. Lawrence is my first stop! Period! Side note: my boobs look soooooooooooooooooooooooo good! Thanks Dr. Lawrence, YOU DID THAT!"- V.N. / Yelp / May 08, 2020
"Very safe. Great location on ground floor. You must wear a mask, use hand sanitizer, no touch when paying. All paperwork done online before visit. Dr Lawrence very professional & was able to diagnose my problem & actually referred me to a general surgeon & offered her services if I still needed or wanted them. Thank you."- A.S. / Yelp / May 06, 2020
"Dr. Lawrence is one of a kind in her profession. I came in after suffering for 2.5 years from being ill due to breast implants and she was the first doctor who simply believed me. I had gone to so many doctors after my implants were put in with problems and not one of them agreed that my implants were the problem. I chose her because she believed me and I recommend her because she did an amazing job and I feel WONDERFUL!!"- N. / RealSelf / Mar 31, 2020
"This has made me feel very good about myself - I have had several fillers. botox and plasma pen done and am very happy with the results. Will keep up with this as needed. A very good decision to start having this done, has made me feel very good about myself."- W.J. / RealSelf / Mar 27, 2020
"Dr Lawrence is very good at listening to you and has such a great bedside manner. With that being said… she and her staff are great at what they do. I have been going to the sandy springs office for over a year and I am always met with a friendly smile and attitude from the time I walk until the time I leave. I would recommend this doctor and staff to anyone reading this review."- M.Z. / Google / Mar 04, 2020
Gynecomastia Ideal Candidates
Male breast reduction treatment is a procedure for men with over-sized breasts that cannot be treated with medications or diet. If you feel anxiety or are bothered by the size and shape of your chest (but you're healthy and at a normal weight), you may benefit from male breast reduction surgery by Dr. Lawrence at Marisa Lawrence Plastic Surgery. Adolescent teens may also benefit from gynecomastia surgery; however, an additional procedure may be needed later during adulthood if excess breast tissue continues to develop. During your first appointment with Dr. Lawrence, treatment options will be provided and may include the chances of moving forward with surgery to repair the condition.
Gynecomastia Surgical Technique
A form of liposuction is often utilized during male breast reduction surgery. While you are under general anesthesia, liposuction helps eliminate excess fat tissue from the chest wall. Next, any lax skin will be carefully trimmed away to create a taut appearance, and then the nipple area and surrounding areola will be placed into a proportionate position. In most cases, this treatment strategy requires a small incision in proximity to where the glandular tissue has formed. Once the fat and loose skin have been appropriately handled, Dr. Lawrence will pull together the remaining skin.
What To Expect with Gynecomastia
At the conclusion of your gynecomastia treatment, the chest will be supported with a medical garment to help reduce swelling, bleeding, and bruising. In advanced cases where a more intricate approach was used, a drainage tube may be properly positioned to assist with fluid. The results following this procedure are immediately visible and most patients are extremely excited about the physical change. The incisions made during surgery take time to heal and scarring is usually barely visible. With your enhanced chest, you can get medical clearance from Dr. Lawrence to incorporate exercise and strength training, which will help accentuate the surgical results.
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. Lawrence urges you to focus on getting quality results over costs. To make your surgery easier to afford, Marisa Lawrence Plastic Surgery accepts many payment methods. We can also help you find low-interest financing. While male breast reduction is generally not covered by insurance, it is worth talking to your provider to confirm.
What causes gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is caused by a disruption in hormone balance. In most cases, 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), plus 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, swelling, and tenderness. Some men may have false gynecomastia (also known as pseudogynecomastia) so Dr. Lawrence encourages patients to lose weight with a healthy diet and exercise before seeking treatment for gynecomastia. If you have enlarged breasts at a healthy weight, Dr. Lawrence 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. Lawrence during your consultation. She 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 honest with Dr. Lawrence about your needs and goals in your consultation so she can ensure the results you want.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- From $3,500
- Recovery Time
- 7 – 10 Days
- Average Procedure Time
- 2 – 3 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 Week
- Procedure Recovery Location
Restore your Masculine Chest
If you suffer from the effects of gynecomastia, we welcome you to call our office to schedule a private, one-on-one consultation with Dr. Lawrence to learn more about our male breast reduction surgery. After treatment for gynecomastia (male breast enlargement), you can stop covering up your chest at the gym and pool. We have assisted so many Atlanta, GA men and have enjoyed watching them re-establish their self-esteem.