Gynecomastia is the medical name for male breasts. The condition is common in adolescent boys as a result of hormonal changes, but often self-corrects in these instances. Excessive glandular tissue in the chests of adult males is also a possibility, however, which can cause female-like breasts even for an otherwise active and healthy man.
The primary cause of gynecomastia in adult males is weight gain. The condition can also be caused or exacerbated by:
- Narcotics and Sedatives
- Alcohol and Marijuana
- Steroid Use
- General Inactivity
- Certain Prescription Medications
When gynecomastia is related to one of these factors, lifestyle changes are often key to eliminating the issue. But, while becoming more active and adopting a healthier diet may help to address gynecomastia, alone these steps may not be enough to fully restore a firm and masculine appearance to the chest. In these cases, a male breast reduction procedure may be the most effective option for reaching your goals.
Male Breast Reduction Surgery
The most common method of male breast reduction is liposuction. At South Tulsa Plastic Surgery, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Brenda Schiesel offers Power-Assisted Liposuction (PAL), an advanced technique that allows for more complete removal of fatty tissue, helping to ensure optimal results.
In addition to a thorough elimination of fat, the PAL technique helps to protect surrounding muscle and tissue, which serves to prevent trauma and reduce recovery time. The incisions for this technique are also much smaller, making it perfect for male chests.
Will Insurance Pay for Gynecomastia Surgery?
Male breast reduction surgery is largely cosmetic. Most medical insurance plans do not cover aesthetic procedures. It is possible that, under some circumstances, a plan will cover the procedure. You can discuss this with your provider to determine if those circumstances apply to you.
We accept many forms of payment, including cash, check, and all major credit cards. We also work with CareCredit® a healthcare financing company that offers a wide range of payment plans. If you are interested in financing male breast reduction surgery, we would be happy to discuss this option during your initial consultation.
Contact Us to Learn More
If you are considering male breast reduction surgery in or around Tulsa, Oklahoma, please call South Tulsa Plastic Surgery at 918-518-5144 to schedule a consultation today.