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.
"Absolutely wonderful experience from the entire staff in Dr. Martins office they will make you feel not only comfortable but like you are talking with your best friend. Dr. Martin skills and care for his patients will make you happy with your decision to choose Martin Plastic Surgery to take care of you! They take care of you from start to finish you never feel like you are being left in the dark or just another surgery, you feel like you are the most important person during your entire treatment from consultation through healing till your final appointment. I could not be happier with how I look and feel! Thank you all so much!"- S.M. / Google / Oct 18, 2023
"Life.Changing.Experience! Trust Him and the Process!! - I had my procedure a year ago in June 2022. I would’ve write a review sooner, but it wouldn’t have been as meaningful. The office itself is beautiful, clean, and pristine. I felt a sense of calm and comfort the moment I opened the door. And that is something you don’t realize you need until your nerves start to strike.The staff is absolutely caring!! Any time you call or have a question, you speak to them directly; never a voicemail or automation. They remember you by name and build a bond with you immediately. I never felt, and still do not feel, like a generic patient when I see them. After my procedure, I called and Dr. Martin himself answered and spoke to me directly. How often does that happen?!. On my first consult, Dr. Martin listened to my concerns and then provided his professional opinions and feedback. Trust him and the process! He knows what he is doing and he is a perfectionist. When it comes to your body, you do not want anything less than that.I have read that his “bedside manner is lacking”. If you truly feel that way, then you did not do as instructed or had unrealistic expectations (that he will warn you about). He comes off a bit quiet and serious, at first, but I took it as him being thorough and that what needed to be done was not something to be taken lightly. The more time spent prior to my actual procedure and the follow-ups after, he became more talkative. His professionalism should be appreciated. He respects his patients fully and they respect him as well. This past year I have watched my body change just as Dr. Martin told me it would. It looks PERFECT! Everything he said to look out for and do, I have. I said it before and I’ll say it again… Trust Him and the Process!! Dr. Martin did more for me than just a surgical procedure… He gave me back something that I didn’t think I’d ever see again… ME! If you are scared or worried or whatever the case may be about having a procedure done, Stop! It is not what you have to lose, but what you have to gain. I would do it a hundred times over and all the exact same way. Thank you Dr. Martin, and all the beautiful ladies in the office, for taking care of me the way that you have. I will never forget it!!!"- V. / RealSelf / Jun 05, 2023
"Dr. Martin and his staff are just extraordinary. I appreciated how they listened to my concerns. I did weeks of research trying to find a great plastic surgeon and after my first appointment at Martin plastic surgery I knew I made the right decision. After surgery, I felt confident that I would be very pleased with my results. I feel that Dr. Martin is very caring about his patients. Being an hour and a half from the office, I was still able to voice concerns and have help with concerns. I couldn’t be happier with my reduction results. Dr. Martin is very great at what he does, even while being prepped for surgery the nurses all assured me I’d be very happy with my results. Great experience!"- C.W. / Google / Apr 15, 2023
"Dr. Martin and his staff are absolutely incredible! The office staff are very friendly, and they remember who you are (which goes such a long way with me). Dr. Martin himself, is very honest and takes the time to explain procedures and why he may suggest something different. I got the tummy tuck, lipo to flanks and breast augmentation, all of it had turned out so well (I’m only 2 weeks post op), and so far it has been a great journey. I could not recommend Dr. Martin or his office enough! You won’t be disappointed!"- A.D. / Google / Dec 02, 2022
"Dr Martin is incredible! He does an amazing job! Very kind compassionate and caring! I had a wonderful experience there from the time you walk in till the time you leave you are treated with great dignity and and compassion ! I highly recommend Dr Martin. He did a fantastic job with my surgical needs and I could not be more proud of my results!"- A.E. / Facebook / Oct 19, 2022
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
- 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.