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Men who suffer from gynecomastia tell us that it has a major impact on their confidence and lifestyle. It is a factor in the clothes they wear and even in the activities they choose. Dr. Reath and Dr. Walker perform male breast reduction, also called gynecomastia surgery, to help men have masculine chest contours and restore their confidence. One grateful patient confessed that the reason he had never learned to swim was that he did not want anyone to see him with his shirt off. Most of our male breast reduction patients, who come to our practice from the Knoxville area, Johnson City, Cookeville, and Cleveland, TN, as well as London, KY, and beyond, tell us they wish they had not waited so long to get it done.
Gynecomastia, or enlargement of the male breast area, is a condition that is rarely talked about, though it’s actually quite common. Surprisingly, it affects an estimated 40 to 60% of men. It may affect only one breast or both.
While there are some factors that can contribute to this, such as anabolic steroid use, excessive marijuana use, and certain prescription drugs, the majority of cases happen with no apparent underlying cause. If this affects you it’s no laughing matter. It’s for real and a real problem.
The cost of surgery with Dr. Reath or Dr. Walker includes both surgical and anesthesia fees, our exclusive recovery kit and all follow-up visits.
Good news! For our patients who would like to pay with cash or check we offer a 5% discount.
|Correction of Gynecomastia||$5,986||$5,687|
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For most individuals, gynecomastia begins in the teen years when an adolescent male goes through puberty. The amount of enlargement can increase with weight gain, but generally, the size of the breast mass is unaffected by weight reduction or level of fitness. It’s just always there. For some, the enlargement can be very little with just some fullness under the nipple-areolar complex. In others, it can look like a fully formed female breast. For the unluckiest, there can be full breast development, as well as sagging of the breast tissue and skin.
Recent studies have shown the intensely negative psychological effect this condition can have in young men on both their self-esteem and sexual identity. The adolescent passage is hard enough without this added burden. It’s not just developing males that struggle with gynecomastia– it’s adults as well.
As difficult as this condition is, the good news is that we have some very effective treatments for it. Most involve surgery, and what is done depends upon the type of breast development that a man has. In normal breast tissue, there is a combination of both fat and denser breast tissue. In some, there is also skin looseness that must be addressed.
Regardless of the technique needed, there are very few complaints about the scars given the degree of improvement that can be achieved with these surgeries.
Definitely. It’s wonderful to see the effect that correction of gynecomastia can have on the way men feel about themselves. Sometimes patients can be quite emotional as a huge burden they have carried all their lives is removed. It is very freeing, and in fact, life-changing for those with the most severe cases. Despite any scars, most men are extremely happy with the shape of their chests, the improvement in their self-esteem, and their newfound freedom in terms of lifestyle and activity.
Dr. Reath explains a bit more about the procedure in the video below.
Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.
The recovery process varies with the specifics of the surgery and individual factors. Here is a general recovery timeline:
Some of the patients who come to our office are teenagers who are troubled by the teasing of their classmates and want male breast reduction surgery. Because bodies develop quite differently, there is no set age requirement. One consideration is whether or not the chest area has stabilized and is not continuing to grow. This happens usually from age 15 to age 18. The other important consideration is the emotional maturity of the patient. If you have questions about whether you or your son is a candidate, a consultation with Dr. Reath or Dr. Walker is a good idea.
David B. Reath, MD is renowned for his surgical skills and his commitment to public education. Practicing in Knoxville, Tennessee since 1986, his personal approach with patients is what truly sets him apart. He is proud to welcome Jessica V. Walker, MD to the practice.Request a Consultation
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In this podcast, listeners will hear an ASPS member surgeon discussing the causes of gynecomastia and courses of treatment, as well as his patient, Matthew, describing how he coped with his condition before surgery and his post-surgical outlook on life.
So you can be better prepared for your consultation, we have prepared a list of important plastic surgery questions you will want to ask your doctor before you have your surgery. If your consultation is with Dr. Reath or Dr. Walker, please feel free to print this out and they will be happy to go over everything with you during your visit. Top Ten Questions to Ask your Plastic Surgeon
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