Gynecomastia is the medical term for male breast enlargement. It is a condition that can result in a female-like chest due to the abnormal growth of breast tissue. In many cases, gynecomastia is caused by an imbalance of hormones. This condition can also be caused by certain drugs, steroids, major weight gain or loss, or genetics. Men with this issue generally feel frustrated and anxious, more so in circumstances where the chest area is shown, such as by the pool or in the gym. Seasoned plastic surgeon Dr. Richard Bensimon offers cosmetic breast treatment for men who have gynecomastia. This cosmetic treatment has a very high success rate. It is one of the more popular cosmetic surgeries for men at The Bensimon Center in Portland, OR.
"Folks have asked me how to get started in finding someone to do cosmetic surgery. I always answer with one word, "Yelp". I compared and investigated with other sources also. I am so glad I narrowed it down to the Bensimon center. Doc was excellent. He is also a great storyteller and cheerleader. He worked very hard on me for a very long time. His surgery was 1/2 hour longer than my liver transplant surgery. Yes, I was his first liver patient. There were a few complications on the left side of my face which caused some internal scaring but it turned out to be nothing. Actually you could say it turned into be something that I actually liked better than the perfect side. I will be looking to get some eye work done in the future. So yes I would highly recommend Doc Bensimon because I’m not done with this virtuoso myself."- D.K. / Yelp / Jul 13, 2021
"Rhinoplasty journey - I had Rhinoplasty with Dr. Bensimon May 13, 2021. I'm extremely happy with the experience and my results! (And I'm still slightly bruised and swollen). Dr. B genuinely cares about his patients and the outcome of their surgery results. I could tell right away at my consult he loves what he does. The entire staff is kind and caring.Consultation: The facility is absolutely beautiful! Even he surgery room! I was welcomed and felt comfortable from the moment I walked in. Danell greeted me and checked me in. (She's also taken a million my calls and is always so patient and helpful.) soon I was taken back to a room and made comfortable. Dr. B came in and explained everything about Rhinoplasty, answered all my questions and discussed my expectations. Later that day Wendy called me to I've me my price quote and schedule me. She is also very kind and helpful! Pre-Op Appointment:"- I. / RealSelf / Jun 05, 2021
"Dr. Bensimon and the staff are wonderful - Dr.Bensimon and the staff are wonderful. They answered all my questions and put my fears aside. I’m so happy that Dr.Bensimon is the one I trusted with to proceed with my surgery. My Recovery is pain free, I am feeling so good. Definitely doesn’t feel like I just had major surgery! I’m only 9 days post op but my results are already making me love my new stomach! A huge thank you to the Bensi..."- A. / RealSelf / Apr 21, 2021
"Great Surgeon, Great Staff, Great Results!!!!!! - Dr. Bensimon is fabulous. He is kind, caring and honest. He did what suited me, and gave me exactly what I asked for. I know it's hard to trust just anyone, but I put my full trust in Dr. Bensimon and I won't let any other surgeon touch me ever again.The staff at his clinic are the kindest, most caring people you will ever meet.Lastly, the recovery was quick and painless.Lisa P."- P. / RealSelf / Apr 01, 2021
"Painless Mommy Makeover - Dr. Bensimon has wonderful bedside manner. His entire staff was so caring and lovely. I had very little discomfort the sedation and not having to be put fully under as well as his pain relief method made recovery incredibly easy. I did not have to lose weight before the procedure and the results are perfect for my frame. I have never been thin always had a lot of muscle but 4 large babies..."- A. / RealSelf / Mar 23, 2021
Gynecomastia Ideal Candidates
Gynecomastia surgery is a procedure for men with visible excess breast tissue that cannot be corrected with diet and exercise. If you are troubled by the look of your chest (but are at a good weight), you may benefit from this surgery by Dr. Bensimon at The Bensimon Center. Male teens may also benefit from gynecomastia surgery; however, a future procedure may be necessary later during adulthood if new breast tissue continues to grow. During your first appointment with Dr. Bensimon, treatment options will be presented and he can answer all your questions and concerns in detail.
Fat removal is almost always utilized during gynecomastia surgery. Performed under minimally invasive anesthesia, liposuction removes excess fat from the chest wall. Next, any loose or wrinkled skin will be excised to create a tighter appearance, and then the nipple will be placed in a more correct position. In most cases, this technique requires a small incision near where the glandular tissue resides. Once the fat and loose skin have been addressed, Dr. Bensimon will tighten the remaining skin.
Gynecomastia What To Expect
After your gynecomastia treatment, the chest will be wrapped with a medical garment to help decrease swelling. In advanced cases where a more invasive technique was used, a drainage tube may be inserted to assist with fluid. The results following gynecomastia treatment are immediately seen and most patients are extremely pleased with the physical change. The incisions made during this procedure take a few weeks to heal and scarring is usually barely visible. With your enhanced chest, you can get clearance from Dr. Bensimon to continue exercise and strength training, which will assist in complementing the final outcome.
How much does male breast reduction cost?
Gynecomastia is a medical issue that requires a skilled surgeon. This is why Dr. Bensimon urges you to focus on getting quality results over costs. To help make your surgery easier to afford, The Bensimon Center accepts many payment methods and we can also help you find low-interest medical financing. While male breast reduction is typically not covered by health insurance, it is worth talking to your provider to confirm.
What causes gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is caused by a disruption in hormone balance. Most often, gynecomastia is linked to the long-term use of anabolic steroids or androgens. It can also be caused by using illegal drugs, like heroin and marijuana. Gynecomastia may also be caused by certain health conditions (for example, hypogonadism, hyperthyroidism, and tumors), as well as some medications (for example, highly active antiretroviral therapy for AIDS, anti-anxiety medications, and chemotherapy).
How can I tell if I have gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is excess breast tissue growth in the male chest, which may cause pain, tenderness, and swelling. Some men may have false gynecomastia (also known as pseudogynecomastia) so Dr. Bensimon encourages patients to try to lose weight with a healthy diet and exercise before seeking treatment for gynecomastia. If you still have enlarged breasts at a healthy weight, Dr. Bensimon can perform an examination and tests to diagnosis gynecomastia. This may include blood tests, a mammogram, or a biopsy to rule out other conditions, like breast cancer and mastitis (infection of the breast tissue).
Can gynecomastia be treated with exercise or pills?
The most effective treatment for gynecomastia is male breast reduction surgery. Currently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved any medications to treat gynecomastia. While they are not approved for the treatment of gynecomastia, some breast cancer medications (for example, Tamoxifen or Raloxifene) may have limited effects. Strength training to build the pectoral muscles cannot reduce the amount of breast tissue and may make the breasts appear larger.
Will this fix puffy or pointy nipples?
Glandular gynecomastia can cause puffy or pointy nipples. If this is a concern for you, please talk to Dr. Bensimon during your consultation. He will customize your treatment plan to use the best technique and incision pattern to correct your nipples. Large areolas can also be reduced during male breast reduction surgery. It's important to be open and honest with Dr. Bensimon about your needs and goals in your consultation so he can ensure you are happy with your results.
Restore your Masculine Chest
If you suffer from the effects of gynecomastia, we welcome you to contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Bensimon to learn more about our male breast reduction surgery at The Bensimon Center. After treatment for gynecomastia, you can stop covering up your chest at the gym and pool. We have helped many Portland, OR men and have enjoyed watching them regain their self-confidence.