During their adolescence and young adult years, a significant number of men may notice that their breasts are sensitive to the touch, and in some instances, painful. In turn, they misunderstand the situation and often find themselves worrying about specific diseases, cancer, or unknown viruses.
This situation, however, is common and treatable. In fact, the medical community often refers to the growth of male breast tissue as gynecomastia or pseudogynecomastia. If you are experiencing these issues, or you know someone who is going through this, here’s what you need to know.
For most patients, gynecomastia arises when their sex hormones become imbalanced. When estrogen and testosterone levels within a male’s system are chaotic, feminine features can develop, such as the growth of sensitive breast tissue.
However, men who have gone experienced this can breathe a sigh of relief, knowing that it’s easily treatable. While this is by no means a comprehensive list of side effects that may occur in a gynecomastia patient, here are some telltale signs that feminine breast tissue growth is occurring:
- A lump under the nipple region
- Puffy and slightly raised nipple
- Sensitivity and dull aching within the breast
- Sudden growth of chest tissue
- Discharge from the nipple
- Swelling and throbbing sensations
In addition to these symptoms, gynecomastia can cause self-esteem and confidence issues in young men, as the development of soft breast tissue makes a masculine chest more feminine in appearance. Gynecomastia ranges in severity from having a “puffy nipple” to developing enough excess skin and tissue to create a breast fold.
If your symptoms worsen over time or you experience chronic pain, reach out to a board-certified plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Hetal Fichadia, immediately. Dr. Fichadia can treat the symptoms of gynecomastia to give patients a flatter, more masculine chest.
Because each case and patient is unique, Dr. Fichadia can utilize an extensive array of medical technologies and treatments to alleviate gynecomastia at the source. The personalized treatment process typically involves a combination of liposuction and/or surgical excision to extract glandular growth at the source, restoring the chest to its original shape.
Once your procedure has been completed, recovery time may take anywhere from a few weeks to a month. During this time, patients are cautioned not to perform strenuous activities or stress the breast region. Once swelling and inflammation have gone down, the breast and nipple area will return to its pre-gynecomastia size.
While Dr. Hetal Fichadia is ready and willing to assist any patient, qualified patients for male breast reduction are generally healthy individuals with a stable weight. If you are someone that can’t get rid of their breast tissue regardless of what exercise routine or diet, Dr. Fichadia can help you find a solution during a consultation.
Whether you’re a developing teenager that is experiencing feminine breast growth or an adult whose enlarged breast tissue has become a source of embarrassment, Dr. Hetal Fichadia is here to help.
Dr. Fichadia is a double board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in reconstructive surgery and gynecomastia treatment within Portland, Oregon. Get the process of treating your gynecomastia started today by calling us (503) 488-2344 or contacting us online.