Was overweight and nervous about having the procedure, Dr. Blau and his secretary were very comforting and understanding. I did not want to take any opiates during anesthesia and they respected and catered to my request. Everything happened the way he said it would and I have had the confidence to continue losing weight. Now my body’s toning up and my chest looks better than ever. Dr. Blau has restored my sanity and that is priceless.
Gynecomastia—the enlargement of breast tissue in men—can be a significant concern for morbidly obese men. Understanding gynecomastia and its underlying causes, effects, and available treatment options for obese patients is crucial in addressing this condition effectively. Dr. Mordcai Blau is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a world-renowned provider of surgery to correct gynecomastia in New York.
Gynecomastia and Obesity: How Are They Linked?
The primary cause of gynecomastia in morbidly obese men is an imbalance of testosterone and estrogen. The extra fat cells in the body can produce an enzyme called aromatase, which can convert testosterone into estrogen. As a result, the increased levels of fat tissue in morbidly obese individuals can disrupt the balance between estrogen and testosterone, leading to the development of breast tissue.
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Gynecomastia and Obesity: Treatment Options
Gynecomastia in morbidly obese men is a complex condition that requires a multidisciplinary approach to treatment. By addressing hormonal imbalances, promoting weight loss, and considering surgical options when necessary, morbidly obese individuals can reduce the appearance of oversized male breasts.
Lifestyle Modifications – Adopting a healthy lifestyle is crucial in managing gynecomastia. This includes incorporating regular exercise, improving dietary habits, and focusing on weight management. Losing excess body weight through a balanced approach can help reduce the appearance of gynecomastia and improve overall body composition.
Hormone Management – Addressing hormonal imbalances is an important aspect of gynecomastia treatment. Depending on the specific hormonal profile, hormone replacement therapy or other medications may be recommended to restore balance and reduce the size of male breasts.
Surgical Intervention – In cases where gynecomastia persists despite lifestyle modifications and hormone management, surgical intervention may be necessary. The most common procedure for gynecomastia is male breast reduction surgery. This surgery involves removing excess breast tissue, excess fat, and/or excess skin, sculpting the chest to create a more masculine appearance.
Gynecomastia Surgery Before Weight Loss
The decision of whether to undergo gynecomastia surgery before weight loss in morbidly obese patients is a complex one and requires a surgeon with Dr. Blau’s expertise to accurately assess the potential health risks. The approach can vary depending on individual circumstances and considerations:
Severity of Gynecomastia – The severity of gynecomastia can play a role in the decision-making process. If the enlargement of breast tissue is significant and causes physical discomfort or emotional distress, surgical intervention may be considered as a standalone treatment or as a part of a comprehensive plan that includes weight loss.
Impact on Psychological Wellbeing – Gynecomastia can have a significant impact on an individual’s self-esteem and body image. For some morbidly obese patients, addressing gynecomastia through surgery before weight loss can provide a boost in motivation for the subsequent weight-loss journey.
Gynecomastia Surgery After Weight Loss
Gynecomastia surgery after weight loss offers several benefits for individuals who have experienced a significant reduction in body weight. Here are some key advantages of undergoing gynecomastia surgery after weight loss:
Potential Changes in Male Breast Size – Weight loss can result in a reduction in overall body fat, including adipose tissue in the chest area. This can lead to a decrease in male breast size naturally. Postponing surgery until after weight loss allows for a better assessment of the final male breast size, which can guide the surgical approach and optimize the outcome.
Surgical Risk Factors – Obesity is associated with an increased risk of surgical complications. Losing weight before surgery can help minimize these risks, making the procedure safer and potentially improving overall surgical outcome.
Long-Term Results – Gynecomastia surgery after weight loss provides long-lasting results. Once the excess male breast tissue, fat, and skin are removed, the chest-contour improvements are generally permanent. However, weight changes may affect the results, so maintaining a stable weight and adopting a healthy lifestyle can make a major difference in preserving the surgical outcome.
Gynecomastia Reduction Consultation
A consultation with Dr. Blau is the next step in the process. The doctor understands that gynecomastia and morbid obesity can both be sensitive topics. Dr. Blau and his compassionate team of professionals are dedicated to ensuring your safety, comfort, and confidentiality throughout the process.
During your personalized consultation, Dr. Blau will examine the extent of your gynecomastia and discuss your medical history and overall health. This evaluation will enable Dr. Blau to determine the unique factors contributing to your gynecomastia and develop the most suitable treatment approach.
What Is the Cost of Gynecomastia Surgery?
Gynecomastia surgery for morbidly obese men is a very customized procedure, so the cost varies from patient to patient. The individualized details of one’s male breast reduction surgery influence the overall price. The cost of gynecomastia surgery can be affected by factors such as surgical techniques, anesthesia fees, and total surgery time.
Schedule a Consultation
Contact our office today to arrange your gynecomastia consultation. With an artistic eye and years of surgical expertise, Dr. Blau performs surgery for gynecomastia in New York for several hundred patients every year. You can rely on his expertise to assist you in taking the next step.