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Gynecomastia

Gynecomastia is a plastic surgery procedure to reduce the male breast size and give men and improved chest contour. Enlarged male breasts can manifest at any age and may be caused by certain drugs, obesity, lack of proper nutrition, or hormonal imbalance. Particularly, Gynecomastia is more prevalent in younger boys who are going through puberty, as well as older men whose bodies are changing. During this surgery, your plastic surgeon will work to remove excessive tissue and tighten the chest skin, giving you a firmer and more masculine chest appearance.

LA plastic surgeon Dr. Ruston Sanchez has helped numerous men from Baton Rouge and surrounding Louisiana areas of Lafayette, Hammond, and New Orleans address enlarged breasts with Gynecomastia surgery. Dr. Ruston works individually with each one of his patients to find a treatment plan that will produce the desired outcome. Many of his LA Gynecomastia patients report an improved level of self-confidence after this procedure.

Who Is a Candidate?

You may be a good candidate for male breast reduction if you feel self-conscious or uncomfortable about the appearance of your chest. Many men who have enlarged breasts tend to avoid certain physical activities as they are afraid to show their feminine looking chest. During your initial Gynecomastia consultation in Louisiana, the surgeon will listen to your concerns, ask questions, and let you know whether this treatment is for you. Dr. Ruston Sanchez is a committed professional who works diligently to create an individualized treatment plan to meet the needs and expectations of each patient. Dr. Ruston may ask you to stop smoking, avoid some medications, and arrange for recovery before undergoing this procedure.

Surgical Approach

Dr. Ruston has a variety of surgical techniques that he can use to perform this procedure, usually depending on the condition of the patient. Mild cases are typically addressed through liposuction. The surgeon will make tiny incisions around the areola and use a special suction tube to get rid of excess fat from the chest. In severe cases, the surgeon will make a larger incision and use it to remove the excess tissue and fat. Skin in the chest area will then be tightened and the incisions closed. The surgeon may also reposition the nipples in order to improve the proportionality of the new chest shape.

Recovery after Gynecomastia surgery Baton Rouge

Male breast reduction is an outpatient procedure that is typically performed under local or general anesthesia in accredited medical facilities. This procedure takes about 1-2 hours to complete depending on the severity of the enlargement. Patients can expect to experience swelling and bruising over the first few weeks as the treatment area recovers. Dr. Ruston may prescribe pain medication in order to improve your comfort level during recovery. You will be provided with a compression garment that should be worn as required because it helps with healing. The majority of patients are able to resume their regular daily schedule within a week. However, your Baton Rouge plastic surgeon will ask that you desist from lifting heavy items and engaging in strenuous activities throughout the first month of recovery. Should you be worried about anything during the recovery process after Gynecomastia, Dr. Ruston’s team will be available to answer your questions.

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Plan Your Gynecomastia in Baton Rouge

The cost of Gynecomastia in Louisiana can vary greatly from one patient to the other. On average, most of Dr. Ruston’s patients can expect to pay anywhere between $6,500 and $8,000. Most insurers do not cover male breast reduction surgery because it is not considered to be a medically necessary procedure. Dr. Ruston’s office will provide an initial cost estimate following your first appointment so you can arrange for financing. Once the procedure is complete, you will be monitored for a while then allowed to go home for recovery.

Meet Dr. Ruston Sanchez

Dr. Ruston takes each patient case as unique and works diligently to achieve the best procedure outcome with faster surgery time, smallest scar possible, and minimal risk of complications. Get in touch with Dr. Ruston’s office today to schedule a consultation visit for your Gynecomastia Baton Rouge procedure.

Average Cost

$6,500 – $8,000

Insurance

Not Covered

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ASKED QUESTIONS

What is Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia refers to male breast enlargement, a condition that affects more than 40% of men at one point or the other. This condition is typically characterized by excess fat in the breast region, excess breast skin, underdevelopment of glandular tissue, and one male breast being larger than the other.
What causes Gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia may be caused by the following:

  • Natural hormone changes – an imbalance in the levels of testosterone and estrogen hormones can cause Gynecomastia in infants, young boys, and adult men.
  • Certain types of medication – medication such as anti-androgens, anabolic steroids, AIDS medication, anti-anxiety drugs, tricyclic antidepressants, cancer treatment, antibiotics, ulcer medications, heart medications, and some stomach-emptying medications can cause or fuel Gynecomastia.
  • Drugs – substances such as alcohol, heroin, marijuana, amphetamines, and methadone.
  • Health conditions – health conditions that affect the normal balance of hormones in the body, such as hypogonadism, kidney failure, tumors, and liver cirrhosis. Aging and malnutrition are some other suspected causes of male breast enlargement.
Do I have hormonal imbalance?
During your initial male breast reduction consultation in Baton Rouge, the surgeon will ask questions to explore the cause of your condition. You will be asked how old you were when you noticed the enlargement, whether the condition runs in your family, and whether you take alcohol and use certain types of drugs. In some cases, you may be required to work with an endocrinologist (a professional who specializes in hormonal imbalance) before you choose to move forward with a surgical resolution.
Are all cases of male breast enlargement gynecomastia?
Keep in mind that not all cases of male breast enlargement are Gynecomastia. Some patients manifest false Gynecomastia (pseudo-Gynecomastia) due to fat deposits rather than breast tissue development. Dr. Ruston will conduct tests to find out whether you really have medical Gynecomastia. Depending on the outcome of these tests, you may be asked to try exercising and dieting in order to resolve your enlargement. If these measures do not provide relief, the surgeon may use liposuction to surgically remove stubborn fat deposits and give you the desired, masculine chest contour.
Will I have scarring after Gynecomastia surgery?
Scarring is an inevitable outcome after any surgical procedure where an incision is made into the skin. Dr. Ruston Sanchez will typically create minimal incisions around the areola. The surgeon utilizes advanced surgical methods in order to achieve the desired outcome of surgery while minimizing the risk of scarring and other complications.
Will my chest muscles show after male breast reduction surgery?
Gynecomastia tends to conceal the male chest muscles. Because this procedure will focus on getting rid of the overdeveloped breast tissue, the pectoral muscle will be left intact and can be expected to be more visible. By adopting a healthy lifestyle that incorporates regular exercise and perhaps dieting after recovery, you will be able to maintain the outcome of this procedure and even improve your masculine form.

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