Will Gynecomastia Come Back After Surgery?

Enlarged male breasts can be quite embarrassing and bothersome for men who are affected. Even though this condition is relatively common, it can cause emotional and psychological distress, poor self-esteem, decreased social interactions, avoidance of sports, and even eating disorders. It frequently affects how a man dresses (wearing compressive and then layered clothes even in 110 degree weather) and conducts himself in public and intimate settings. Gynecomastia surgery (also called male breast reduction surgery) is the way to permanently reduce the size of male breasts and create a more masculine chest shape.

Gynecomastia patient treated by Dr. Turkeltaub

Causes of Gynecomastia

Gynecomastia has been known to result from factors such as:

  • Obesity
  • Hormonal imbalances (especially during puberty)
  • Steroid abuse
  • Marijuana usage
  • Medication side effects
  • Certain genetic disorders and diseases
  • Aging

Why It’s Important to Know the Cause

Male breast reduction surgery typically produces permanent results. However, it is important to identify the underlying cause of one’s gynecomastia in order to have the best possible chance of minimizing the risk of recurrence (or preventing it from recurring for a different reason). Significant weight gain, anabolic steroids, certain medications, hormonal imbalances, and chronic marijuana usage are all examples of factors that could increase this risk. Therefore, a lifestyle change that avoids and addresses these causative factors can help to prevent the recurrence of gynecomastia.

The Permanence of Gynecomastia Surgery Results

For most individuals with gynecomastia, surgery is the only way to fully address the condition. Thankfully, in the vast majority of cases, gynecomastia surgery has permanent results as long as the precipitating agents have been addressed (where possible).

As a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience in dealing with gynecomastia, Dr. Turkeltaub will be able to help identify its cause and perform the appropriate treatment, where necessary, to ensure that you obtain the best possible results.

Enlarged male breasts can be treated with gynecomastia surgery so as to produce a flatter chest with a more masculine appearance. To learn more about male breast reduction surgery, schedule your consultation with Dr. Turkeltaub. Call (480) 451-3000 or complete our online contact form to get in touch with us today.