Gynecomastia

Offered at our convenient location in Midvale, Utah

Confidence is a virtue.

When you believe in yourself, it allows you to accomplish great feats without constant second-guessing and doubt. But if you are insecure about your appearance, it can deteriorate your confidence. Some men develop enlarged breasts, a condition known as gynecomastia. Male breasts are sometimes called “man boobs” and they have a tendency to really bother men who struggle with gynecomastia.

Dr. Dave Clayton is an expert at restoring his clients’ confidence through careful and precise body contouring methods. Conveniently located in Midvale and serving the surrounding Utah communities, Dr. Clayton can remove unwanted male breast tissue. Gynecomastia surgery sculpts a man’s chest to enhance his chiseled, firm physique beneath the excess fat and skin. To learn how Dr. Clayton can help you achieve your ideal self, contact our offices.  

About

When a man’s breast tissue is enlarged, it affects his overall physique. He may avoid taking off his shirt at the beach or wearing tight shirts altogether. In pronounced cases of gynecomastia, men may even hunch over to hide their protruding chest. Poor posture can lead to back pain and other related complications. 

If you worry about your appearance, you should stand tall and realize that you are not alone.

It is estimated that over 30% of all men have experienced symptoms of gynecomastia at some point in their lives.[1] It is especially common during adolescence when puberty affects the hormonal balance in a developing body. Boys and girls both produce androgens and estrogen. Estrogen is responsible for the growth of breasts in young women, but it may also surge in a young man’s teenage years.

Many boys grow into their bodies, meaning that their chest flattens out as puberty subsides. However, some men carry the symptoms of gynecomastia into adulthood. If you have enlarged male breasts, Clayton Plastic Surgery can address the issue using one of the following proven techniques.

Liposuction for Gynecomastia

One way to remedy oversized chest issues is to remove unwanted fat with liposuction. Dr. Clayton will make small incisions on both sides of the patient’s chest, either through his armpits or the edges of his areolae (the dark skin around nipples). A thin tube, called a cannula, is inserted into the deposits of unwanted fat. The tube delivers a tumescent liquid to anesthetize the area and soften the fat. Once any unwanted fat is loosened, the cannula vacuums it out of the chest as it contours the pectoral region to create a rugged, muscular look.

Excision for Gynecomastia

More advanced cases of gynecomastia may require excision procedures to fully address the cosmetic issues at hand. When breast tissue becomes saggy or stretched, Dr. Clayton can remove excess skin and glandular tissue to restore a more streamlined profile. The doctor may remove unwanted skin along the crease of the pectoral region to create a natural line that accentuates the client’s masculine chest.

Liposuction and Excision Combined

Dr. Clayton approaches every case holistically to provide the best outcome according to each individual’s needs and goals. Some gynecomastia procedures require a multifaceted technique. Liposuction will loosen and remove any unwanted fat from the chest region while excision contours the skin to create a firmer, flatter result. 

Benefits

The beauty of gynecomastia surgery is that it is tailored to your frame.

If you are naturally burly, then your procedure will respect your dimensions while reducing any unwanted chest protrusion. On the other hand, if you are slim in stature, any breast enlargement is noticeable, so your cosmetic treatment needs to be precise and targeted

Regardless of your size and shape, Dr. Clayton wants to help alleviate your gynecomastia concerns. By contouring your chest, the doctor can produce remarkable results. He will reduce the amount of your male breast tissue, remove any unwanted fat, and restore your manly appeal. In addition to the aesthetic benefits of gynecomastia surgery, you may enjoy a healthy boost in confidence as a result of Dr. Clayton’s considerable expertise

Candidates

If you are in good health and your weight is relatively stable, then a breast reduction procedure may be perfect for you. Dr. Clayton has helped adults of all ages conquer their insecurities and discover the strong, proud individual within. You do not need to accept your unwanted dimensions; improvement is always an option.

The first step in determining if you are an ideal candidate for gynecomastia surgery is assessing the cause of your condition. The following factors may contribute to the onset and persistence of enlarged male breasts:

  • Natural hormonal changes such as puberty
  • Aging
  • Weight fluctuations, obesity
  • Androgen deprivation therapy (used to treat prostate cancer)
  • The development of a tumor
  • Excessive use of marijuana or alcohol
  • The use of anabolic steroids
  • Testosterone blockers
  • Certain antidepressants and/or anti-anxiety medication
  • Some antibiotics  
  • Ulcer medications
  • Certain heart medications
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Malnutrition (affects your testosterone levels)

Regardless of how or why enlarged male breast tissue may form, Dr. Clayton wants to help

Schedule a Personal Consultation

Every diagnosis starts with a simple conversation. In your one-on-one meeting with Dr. Clayton, he can discuss which of the above reasons may be at the root of your gynecomastia symptoms. The doctor can also determine whether you have a glandular condition or pseudogynecomastia. Pseudogynecomastia is caused entirely from excess fat, meaning there are no underlying hormonal or developmental issues contributing to the enlarged chest area. 

Once Dr. Clayton has studied your healthcare records, he can present the proper strategy to address your pseudogynecomastia or gynecomastia.

The doctor respects your input and wants to implement the appropriate course of action for your unique case. To get a glimpse of how much Dr. Clayton’s patients appreciate his diligence and compassion, please take a look at our rave reviews.

Preparation

During your personalized consultation, Dr. Clayton will provide you with a set of detailed instructions to guide your through the preparation process. He may suggest that you stop taking anti-inflammatories, like aspirin and ibuprofen, about 10 days prior to the date of your surgery. It is also advisable to quit smoking during the weeks leading up to your breast reduction procedure.

Dr. Clayton will provide you a list of medications that you will need well in advance of your surgical appointment.

You will have plenty of time to fill your prescriptions ahead of time. Please arrange for a friend or family member to drive you to and from the clinic on the day of your procedure. The further ahead you plan, the smoother the entire process will be. If you have any questions, please call (801) 937-9650 and one of our attentive staff members will address your concerns.

Procedure

When you arrive for your breast reduction surgery, our team will put you at ease. Dr. Clayton was the first doctor to perform liposuction in the state of Utah, so rest assured that you are in well-experienced hands. You will receive anesthesia to keep you comfortable during the 2-4 hour procedure.

The exact nature of your treatment will depend on how extensive your case of gynecomastia is.

If you have considerable glandular hypertrophy (overactive growth of the glands), then an excision surgery may be required.[2] Otherwise, a liposuction procedure should be sufficient to remove the excess fat from the chest region. Dr. Clayton will position his incisions to ensure minimal visibility. As he contours the newly reduced breast tissue, the doctor creates a harmonious symmetry in the pectoral area. 

Recovery

Immediately following your gynecomastia correction procedure, you will be taken to a recovery lounge where a specialized nurse will monitor your progress. After about an hour or two, you will most likely be ready to go home and recover in the quiet and calm of your own space. 

You may be directed to avoid strenuous activity for two weeks following your breast reduction surgery.

Per Dr. Clayton’s direction, you may be encouraged to go on short walks to aid in proper circulation. Unlike most surgeons, Dr. Clayton will provide you with his direct phone number. You will be able to reach him at any time during the recovery process to decrease your worry and increase your satisfaction!

Results

Most breast reduction patients regain their full energy and resume their regular routine about 4-5 weeks post-op. You will be eager to show off your flat, firm contours to the world, so the results are well worth the wait!

Dr. Clayton will help showcase the chest you have always wanted. No more hiding under bulky sweaters or bashful slouches! By removing unwanted fat, glandular tissue, and excess skin, Dr. Clayton can give you a new perspective on life.

Complementary Procedures 

Now that you have achieved the pectoral profile of your dreams, you may want to frame it with a slimmer, tighter torso, overall. Dr. Clayton has perfected his tummy tuck procedure to deliver trim results and tight aesthetics. Also, if you desire to highlight your biceps and shoulder definition, an arm lift may be the perfect solution.

Costs

Dr. Clayton and his helpful staff deliver unparalleled results at a fair price. For assistance with financing your male breast reduction procedure, contact Clayton Plastic Surgery at your convenience. 

FAQ

Is gynecomastia surgery safe?

Yes. Dr. Dave Clayton is the most experienced plastic surgeon in Midvale, Utah. Under his guidance, male breast reduction surgery is safe and effective.

Where can I get a breast reduction surgery in Utah?

For the answers to your gynecomastia concerns, contact Clayton Plastic Surgery and be ready to shed that unwanted breast tissue.

References 

  1. Dornellas de Barros, A.; Sampaio, M. (2012). Gynecomastia: physiopathology, evaluation and treatment. Sao Paulo Medical Journal. 130(3):1516-3180. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1516-31802012000300009 
  2. Johnson, R. & Murad, M. (2009). Gynecomastia: Pathophysiology, Evaluation, and Management. Mayo Clinic Proceedings. 84(11):1010–1015. DOI: https://doi.org/10.4065/84.11.1010