Gynecomastia Salt Lake City & Layton, Utah
Gynecomastia is excess male breast development
Most cases of gynecomastia are caused by over sensitivity of breast tissue to normal levels of hormones, some cases can be caused by medical conditions such as hormonal abnormalities, medication side effects, or drugs such as steroids or marijuana. Abnormal testicular development can be an indication that a medical cause is to blame.
The breast tissue can be removed by excision techniques, liposuction or a combination of the two. The very dense breast tissue cannot be completely removed with liposuction and may require excision. Power assisted liposuction, laser liposuction or ultrasound assisted liposuction can help to break up some of the dense breast tissue and extends the role of liposuction in the treatment of gynecomastia.
Liposuction treatment of gynecomastia
Excision of gynecomastia
Dense breast tissue is too firm to allow adequate removal with liposuction alone and excisional methods may be necessary. This generally requires a small scar at the lower border of the areola around the nipple. This scar is generally good quality and well hidden. Over-aggressive excision must be avoided to a avoid an indentation or “saucer deformity”. Excision can be combined with liposuction where indicated.
Excision with breast reshaping
Steroids are to blame for a great number of cases of gynecomastia. Generally the gynecomastia caused by steroids is very firm and requires excisional techniques.
The recovery after either liposuction or excision of gynecomastia requires about 6 weeks off aggressive physical activity and exercise. During the first 3 weeks, a garment is worn to reduce swelling. The risks of doing too much too early are swelling, hematoma, and poor results.
The breast tissue and excess fatty tissue removed with treatment are gone for good. There is very unlikely to be significant recurrence. Anabolic steroids, marijuana use and significant weight gain are risk factors for recurrence.
In general, insurance carries consider this cosmetic surgery and do not pay for it unless there is a medical cause. The procedure can be performed in the clinic procedure room with sedation and local anesthetic or in the operating room under general anesthesia. Dr. Yates is happy to provide gynecomastia treatment for patients in the Salt Lake City Utah area.
The fees associated with gynecomastia treatments include: 1) surgeon’s fees 2) anesthesia fees 3) facility fees. As Dr Yates has an in-office operating suite, there is minimal facility fee. This is a cost savings directly to the patient. For a list of the costs of common procedures performed by Dr. Yates click here.
Contact Dr. Yates office or feel free to email him any additional questions you may have.
For questions about gynecomastia call us at (801) 525-8741. You can also schedule a consultion in Layton, Utah by contacting us here.