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What Causes Gynecomastia?

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What Causes Gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia, or enlarged male breast tissue, can be a source of embarrassment for men and negatively impact their self-confidence. If you struggle with enlarged breasts and want to know more about the treatment options available, look no further than Dr. Tenley Lawton, a board-certified surgeon. 

What is Gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia is a common condition in males that refers to an increase in the breast gland tissue, making the chest appear enlarged. Gynecomastia can affect one or both breasts and can cause symptoms such as pain, swelling, or sensitivity. Some causes of gynecomastia include changes in hormone levels, weight gain, or certain medications. 

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How Can You Treat Gynecomastia?

Though gynecomastia is not generally a serious or harmful condition, it may cause back pain, discomfort during exercise, or decrease your self-confidence. That is why Dr. Lawton offers treatments to permanently reduce excess fat to help you achieve a more contoured physique. The two treatments available for gynecomastia reduction are liposuction-based and excision-based procedures. 


With a liposuction approach, Dr. Lawton will make small incisions about one or two centimeters wide in order to suction out excess fat from the treatment area. The skin will typically tighten after treatment, and scarring will be barely visible. 


During an excision-based treatment, Dr. Lawton will cut out the glandular breast tissue and excess skin to achieve a toned result. Unlike liposuction, excision-based treatments can relocate and resize the nipples that may have been misshapen due to gynecomastia. Dr. Lawton can advise you on which treatment is best to reach your goals and might suggest a combination of liposuction and excision when appropriate. 

What is Recovery From Gynecomastia Treatment Like?

After a gynecomastia treatment, you will need to take some time off of work to rest and recuperate. Most patients may return to work after about two weeks, but if your work is labor-intensive, you will likely need more time to recover. You may feel sore for the first three days of recovery, but this is generally manageable with over-the-counter pain relief.

During your recovery, we will provide you with a compression garment to wear to reduce swelling and keep your chest in the correct position as it heals. You will need to wait up to four weeks to resume light exercise and around six weeks or more to resume strenuous activity. 


The first step is to schedule an in-person consultation with Dr. Lawton or one of our trusted providers at Tenley K Lawton M.D. in Neport Beach, CA. Simply fill out the form on this page and we will reach out to you promptly to schedule your appointment.

Am I a Candidate for Gynecomastia Surgery?

If you have excess skin or fat in your chest and have found weight loss and exercise ineffective, you may be a good candidate for gynecomastia surgery. Candidates for treatment should maintain a healthy lifestyle and have realistic expectations of what surgery can do for them. You may not be a candidate for surgery if you can remedy your gynecomastia through non-surgical treatments. 


*Individual Results May Vary


Dr. Lawton strives to provide the best experience for everyone who chooses her practice for their aesthetic needs. Read why our patients love their results & experience with Dr. Lawton and her team of expert providers.

Take the Next Step

Would you like to learn more about gynecomastia? Simply fill out the form on this page or call Tenley K. Lawton M.D. at (949) 640-0999 to schedule your consultation with Board-Certified plastic surgeon Dr. Tenley Lawton. Proudly serving Newport Beach and the greater Orange County, CA area.

*Individual Results May Vary.

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