As a man, do you feel uncomfortable going shirtless at the beach or pool? Do you avoid showering at the gym where others can see you because you are self-conscious about the way you look? Many people carry around a few extra pounds, but men with enlarged breasts (gynecomastia) sometimes can feel embarrassed by their appearance. If this is an issue you suffer with, come in for a cosmetic surgery consultation with Dr. Steven Warnock at our office in Draper, Utah.
What Causes Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia can occur at any time in life for a variety of reasons. One of the most common reasons is extra weight. When you carry extra weight, it can tend to accumulate in some areas more than others. Some men gain weight in their belly area and in their chest as well, adding unwanted breast tissue.
Losing weight can help the appearance of oversized breasts in men. However, significant weight loss can sometimes leave sagging skin folds behind. It can be disheartening to achieve serious weight loss and then still feel self-conscious and unattractive. Dr. Steven Warnock can perform cosmetic surgery to remove excess skin in these instances.
Gynecomastia can also be the result of a medical problem such as thyroid, kidney or liver disease, so before considering cosmetic surgery, visit your regular doctor to get some bloodwork done.
Another reason for gynecomastia is changes in hormone levels. These types of fluctuations are fairly common in men, however, and most doctors will not prescribe medication to treat it.
Some medications can also cause gynecomastia. These include antidepressants, antianxiety medications, steroids, medications for bacterial or fungal infections, and illegal drugs such as heroin and methamphetamines.
Cosmetic Surgery for Gynecomastia
If, during your visit with Dr. Warnock, we determine your gynecomastia has no known cause, you may want to consider cosmetic surgery to correct the condition. Although gynecomastia can resolve on its own, it may take years and there is no guarantee of improvement. Some men attempt to change their appearance with punishing gym workouts, and although this can make a difference, it often is not enough. Working out endlessly with little reward is tiring and frustrating.
Cosmetic surgery for gynecomastia can involve different procedures and methods of addressing the problem. These usually depend on the type of excess breast tissue you have. If it is mostly fat, Dr. Warnock may opt to do only liposuction on the area. If, however, you are carrying mostly breast tissue and skin, he will remove it via an incision near your nipple.
Cosmetic Surgery Can Make You Happy Again
Cosmetic surgery can restore not only your masculine appearance, but also your confidence. You won’t have to wear binding garments or baggy clothes anymore to hide your appearance, and you’ll feel more self-assured in social situations.
Take a look at our before-and-after pictures of cosmetic surgery for gynecomastia to get an idea of what you can expect from surgery, and make an appointment with Dr. Warnock today.