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 imbalance. This condition can also be caused by certain drugs, steroids, major weight gain or loss, and genetics. Men with this issue can feel anxious and self-conscious. This is why plastic surgeon Dr. Kirk Moore offers this cosmetic breast treatment for men who have gynecomastia. This cosmetic treatment has a very high rate of success. It is one of the more popular cosmetic surgeries for men available at Plastic Surgery Institute of Utah in Midvale, UT.


Gynecomastia surgery is a procedure for men who have visible excess breast tissue that cannot be corrected with diet and exercise. If you feel anxiety or are bothered by the look of your chest (while being at a steady weight), you may benefit from receiving this surgery at our plastic surgery office, Plastic Surgery Institute of Utah. Male teens could 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 board-certified surgeon Dr. Moore, treatment options will be presented and may include the likelihood of having surgery to repair the condition.


Fat removal is often 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 adequate position in relation to the chest. In most cases, this technique requires a small incision near the glandular tissue. Once the fat and loose skin have been addressed, Dr. Moore will tighten the remaining skin.


After your gynecomastia treatment, the chest will be wrapped with a medical garment to help reduce 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. Moore to continue exercise and strength training, which will assist in complementing the final outcome.


How much does male breast reduction cost?
Gynecomastia is a medical issue that requires the keen eye of a skilled doctor. This is why it is important for patients to focus on getting quality results over lower costs. To help make your surgery easier to afford, Dr. Kirk Moore accepts many payment methods. We can also help you find low-interest medical financing to make your treatment affordable.

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 (such as highly active antiretroviral therapy for AIDS, anti-anxiety medications, and chemotherapy).

How can I tell if I have gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is characterized by an excess of breast tissue growth in the male chest, which may cause pain, swelling, and tenderness. Some men can experience false gynecomastia (also known as pseudogynecomastia) so Dr. Moore encourages patients to try to lose weight with a healthy diet and exercise before seeking treatment for gynecomastia. If you still have enlarged breasts while at a healthy weight, Dr. Moore can perform an examination and tests to diagnosis your 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, like Tamoxifen or Raloxifene, may have limited effects. Strength training to build the pectoral muscles cannot reduce the amount of breast tissue and may result in the breasts appearing even 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. Moore 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’s important to be open and honest with Dr. Moore about your needs and goals during your consultation. This way, he can ensure your satisfaction with your results.


If you suffer from the effects of gynecomastia, we welcome you to contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Moore and learn more about our male breast reduction surgery at Plastic Surgery Institute of Utah. After treatment for gynecomastia, you can stop covering up your chest at the gym or pool. We have helped many Midvale, UT men recover from their gynecomastia and have enjoyed watching them regain their self-confidence following treatment.


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