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Gynecomastia is a medical term for an excess of breast tissue on the male body. The condition may be caused by an imbalance between two hormones: estrogen and testosterone. Having enlarged breasts is embarrassing, and men who live with it are usually extremely unhappy about it.

While there are several possible underlying causes of gynecomastia, the condition can be resolved with the help of Dr. Ditesheim. If you suffer with excess breast tissue that affects your feelings of self-confidence about your body, we urge you to connect with us and find out how to correct this problem and create a smoother, masculine upper chest.

Causes of Gynecomastia

Excess breast tissue is a common problem affecting males; both adults and adolescents. Men have glands in the breasts just like women, but for most men these glands are small and undeveloped. Breast gland enlargement can come about due to several contributing factors:

  • Hormonal changes
  • Aging
  • Genetics
  • The use of anabolic steroids
  • The use of some anti-depressants and anxiety meds
  • The use of antibiotics
  • The use of some heart medications
  • Side effect of cancer treatment
  • Excessive use of alcohol or recreational drugs

Gynecomastia as a Symptom

Some cases of gynecomastia are the result of an underlying health condition. It is imperative that you are examined by a skilled medical professional, so the cause of your condition is correctly identified. The excess of breast fat and tissue can be removed to create a firmer, masculine appearance to the upper chest. Dr. Ditesheim is the premier plastic surgeon for men in Charlotte and can help you resolve this this embarrassing condition.

Treating Gynecomastia

Men come to Dr. Ditesheim as they know he is discreet, understanding, and is a highly-skilled plastic surgeon. To treat an excess of breast tissue, the first step is to evaluate the extent of the condition. Some of the methods to remove excess breast tissue in men include:

  • Male breast reduction surgery
  • Liposuction
  • Diet and exercise (when weight-related)
  • Hormone therapy

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Groundbreaking Treatment for Gynecomastia

Dr. Ditesheim offers a state-of-the-art treatment for gynecomastia that is virtually scarless. Called AquaShape, this gentle liposuction system produces excellent results for many patients who want to reduce excess fatty breast tissue. The benefits of this treatment include:

  • Sculpts the upper chest for a defined, masculine look
  • Reduced downtime
  • Immediate results that last
  • Safe, FDA-approved
  • No need for anesthesia

This revolutionary liposuction technique involves a pulsing, controlled water spray that separates fat cells from the other tissue in a gentle process that is easy to tolerate, without damaging the surrounding tissue. After the fat cells are separated, they are extracted. The extraction system involves a wand placed into a tiny incision in the skin. Dr. Ditesheim is able to target the excess fat and carefully resculpt the upper chest to trim away the fatty deposits.

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Surgical Removal of Excess Breast Tissue in Men

For some patients, a minor surgical procedure is necessary. For men with an excess of glandular tissue (rather than excess fat), surgical removal can smooth and firm your chest. This procedure can be performed either under general or local anesthetic and requires in the range of one to three hours to complete. While more invasive than liposuction, the results last a lifetime. Keep in mind that maintaining a healthy weight is the best way to maintain the results of the procedure.

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Hormone Therapy for Gynecomastia

For some men, an excess of breast fat and tissue is the result of a hormonal imbalance. Many types of medications and herbal supplements can affect hormone balance. Some men choose to try hormone replacement therapy prior to making the decision to undergo surgery.

Male Breast Reduction after Bariatric Surgery

Men who have had bariatric surgery to help shed a large quantity of unhealthy weight are often left with lingering fatty deposits and excess skin on the upper chest. A surgical body contouring procedure may be the answer to droopy, excess skin and fat, often in combination with our gentle liposuction technique.

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