The term gynecomastia refers to male breast enlargement. This condition is one that can result in a feminine-appearing chest due to the abnormal growth of breast tissue. Many times, gynecomastia is related to an unknown hormonal condition. It may also be caused by certain medications, steroids, major weight gain or loss, or it can be hereditary. Men with this condition generally feel self-conscious, more so in situations where the chest area is visible, such as at the beach or pool or at the gym. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Justin Martin performs cosmetic breast surgery for men who suffer from gynecomastia. This cosmetic treatment has a high success rate and is one of the more common cosmetic surgeries for men at Martin Plastic Surgery in Dothan, AL.
"Dr. Martin and his staff go above and beyond for their patients. My mother had a recent surgery and he has made countless hospital visits, most after 5pm and on the weekend , in an effort to speed up her recovery. He answers all questions with patience and detail. His nurses are caring and knowledgeable. I honestly can’t say enough good about this practice."- L.D. / Facebook / Jan 05, 2020
"I am 64 years old and decided to get a lower face lift (neck and jowls) I went to one surgeon for consultation . He turned out to be very insulting and extremely rude. Well, I lost heart. It took me several months, researching and with the help of my daughter (she is an esthetician). I finally decided to try one more surgeon in the same area where I live . Dr Justin Martin of Martin Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Dothan , AL. I was so apprehensive about another consultation, however, I really wanted to have the surgery. Well, I walked in and his staff, Monica, Sabrina and Kate, were so welcoming, I felt so comfortable. Had my consultation and Dr Martin was just as awesome and professional as his staff. By the time I left that consultation, I was ready for surgery. We had decided along with the Neck and jowls lift I would also get fat injected into my cheeks. Dr Martin informed me of what to expect and of the healing process. It is now four weeks out from the day of surgery. My stitches are out, I have had no problems and very thankful for Dr Martin's professional technical skills. And so very thankful to his beautiful staff. As a result of my surgery, I am looking hot! All kidding aside, I am very happy with the results. I am seeing a much fresher, healthier, happier me. I have a ways to go in the healing process, but I am thrilled."- I.B. / RealSelf / Nov 22, 2019
"Dr. Martin and his staff are the very polite, professional and kind. I went in for a consultation, he answered all my questions gave me all the information. I left that day with a surgery date. I got amazing results from my surgery. I highly recommend his office for any cosmetic procedures you will glad you did."- A.F. / Google / Nov 20, 2019
"Excellent, trustworthy, kind doctor. I had my breast implants (saline from 2000) removed April, 2019. Dr Martin listened to my concerns and was supportive of my decision to explant. He advised me he would attempt to remove the entire capsules and ultimately was able to do so. I healed well and look better than I could have hoped for back to my natural self. The concerning symptoms associated with "breast implant illness" have resolved. I thank God that he led me to this kind, nonjudgemental young doctor and staff that treated me so professionally. Thank you Dr. Martin and staff for your help!"- R.K. / Google / Sep 22, 2019
"I’m so glad I decided to make that first consultation with Dr Martin. It turned out to be the best cosmetic decision I’ve made yet. I have had procedures done by 2 other PS in Dothan so I have had experience with them all and Dr Martin is hands down the best choice of them all. From his friendly bedside manner to his amazing work he’s an amazing PS. He is confident in his work and what he can accomplish when other PS say it can’t be done. He was very patient with me with all ...of my questions and the 3 consultation appts I made before my surgery 😬I had more questions and I wanted to be 100% sure we were on the same page with my expectations and because of my past experiences with other PS. He listened to every concern I had and at 1 week PO those concerns are history. So far no issues in recovery and Dr Martin and his nurses have taken excellent care of me. His office is just a friendly environment and you can see that Dr Martin appreciates these 3 precious ladies he has by his side everyday. That says a lot about a person in my book. Anyway search no further cuz believe me I’ve done it for you. 😉Dr Martin is the right choice!! I plan to use him for other procedures I need from here on out 😍♥️💜♥️"- S.G. / Facebook / Aug 28, 2019
Gynecomastia surgery is reserved for men with visible excess breast tissue that cannot be corrected through diet and exercise. If you feel bothered by the look of your chest (but are at a good weight), you could possibly benefit from this surgery by Dr. Martin at Martin Plastic Surgery. Male teens may also attain positive results from gynecomastia treatment; however, a future procedure may be necessary later as an adult if new breast tissue continues to grow. In your initial consultation with Dr. Martin, treatment considerations will be presented, including the likelihood of having surgery to correct the condition.
Fat removal is generally utilized during gynecomastia surgery. Performed under general anesthesia, liposuction is used in some cases to remove excess fat from the chest region. In addition, any loose or wrinkled skin can be excised to produce a more masculine look, and then the nipple will be surgically reshaped and placed into a more correct position. For most men, this technique requires an incision near where the glandular tissue resides. After the pockets of fat and excess skin have been addressed, Dr. Martin will tighten the remaining skin. One or both of these techniques could be used, and this depends on the individual patient.
What To Expect
For complex cases where a more invasive technique was used, a small tube for draining may be inserted to help with fluid. The outcomes following gynecomastia treatment are almost immediately seen and most men are extremely pleased with the cosmetic enhancement. Any incisions made during this procedure take a few weeks to heal and any scars left behind are barely seen. You will need to hold off on strenuous exercise and weight training until Dr. Martin has cleared you to do so. The results after gynecomastia treatment will create a new masculine-appearing chest.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does male breast reduction cost?
Excessive male breast tissue (gynecomastia) is a medical problem that is best handled by an experienced surgeon. For this reason, Dr. Martin suggests you focus on how to get your best results rather than costs. To help make male breast reduction surgery fit your budget, Martin Plastic Surgery accepts several forms of payment and we also offer several financing options. While surgery for gynecomastia is commonly not covered by health insurance, in some cases a portion of the surgery may be eligible for insurance coverage.
What causes gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia develops in men when there is an imbalance in hormones. Most often, gynecomastia is connected to the long-term use of androgens and anabolic steroids. It may also be the result of using illegal drugs, including marijuana or heroin. Gynecomastia might also be triggered by some medical conditions (for example, hyperthyroidism, hypogonadism, and tumors) as well as some medications (for example, highly active antiretroviral therapy for AIDS, chemotherapy, and anti-anxiety medications).
How can I tell if I have gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia occurs in men when there is an overgrowth of breast tissue in the chest, which can cause swelling, pain, and tenderness. Some patients might have pseudogynecomastia (false gynecomastia), so Dr. Martin suggests patients to try to lose weight by following an exercise plan and healthy diet before considering surgery. If you still have excess breast tissue when you are at a healthy weight, Dr. Martin will perform a physical exam and order diagnostic tests as needed.
Can gynecomastia be treated with exercise or pills?
Male breast reduction surgery is the most effective treatment for gynecomastia. Currently, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) hasn't approved any medications for the treatment of gynecomastia. Although they aren't approved for the treatment of gynecomastia, a few breast cancer medications (for example, Raloxifene or Tamoxifen) might give you minimal improvements. Upper body weight training to increase the pectoral muscles will not reduce the excess breast tissue and could even make the breasts look bigger.
Will this fix puffy or pointy nipples?
Glandular gynecomastia can cause puffy or pointy nipples. If you are concerned about this, be sure to tell Dr. Martin at your consultation. He will personalize your surgical plan to select the best incision pattern and technique to improve your nipples. Oversized areolas may also be corrected in surgery for gynecomastia. It is crucial to be open and honest with Dr. Martin about all your concerns and desires during your initial consultation, so he can make sure you are happy with your results.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $2,400 - $4,450
- Recovery Time
- 4-6 weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 1:00 - 3:00
- Post-op Follow-up
- two weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
Restore your Masculine Chest
If you are frustrated with the side effects of male breast enlargement (gynecomastia), we invite you to contact our office and schedule a consultation with Dr. Martin to learn about the male breast reduction procedures available at at Martin Plastic Surgery. Once you have had treatment for gynecomastia, you won't have to keep hiding your chest when you go to the gym and beach. We have helped many Dothan, AL men to regain their self-confidence.