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Many men come to Dr. Heil to treat gynecomastia – the medical term for an excess of breast tissue in men. This condition tends to be embarrassing, and the men who live with it often wear loose clothing to try to camouflage larger male breasts.

Dr. Heil can help you finally be free from this condition, and confidently wear tight shirts or go shirtless at the beach, pool, or any other time.

Causes of Gynecomastia

Overlarge male breasts can be the result of several physical triggers, including:

  • Genetics
  • Side effect of medication
  • Aging
  • Weight gain
  • Steroid use
  • Hormonal changes
  • Excess alcohol consumption

Treating Excess Breast Tissue in Men

If you have an excess of breast tissue that you find embarrassing, why live with it? Dr. Heil is the premier board-certified plastic surgeon for men in the Pittsburgh area, and can evaluate your condition and advise you of the most effective treatment. While some men may require surgery, others can achieve a smoother, more athletic upper chest with a modern liposuction sculpting technique.

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Treatments for Gynecomastia

The first step in determining the most effective treatment is a medical evaluation to determine the underlying cause of the condition.

The treatments available to resolve the condition include:

  • Hormone treatment (balancing testosterone and estrogen)
  • Surgical removal of large mammary glands in men
  • Liposuction sculpting of the upper chest zone

Gynecomastia Surgery: What to Expect

When planning gynecomastia surgery, a full medical evaluation must be performed to ensure you are safe to undergo surgery – most patients are. To perform the procedure, most patients are put under general anesthetic, so they do not experience pain or discomfort.

While you are “under,” the excess male breast tissue will be removed surgically with carefully placed incisions, typically around the nipple or beneath the breast so the surgical scar, once healed, is virtually invisible. For some men, excess skin must be removed to fully tighten the upper chest.

After Surgery to Resolve Male Breasts

After surgery, you will awaken from the anesthetic and will be monitored to ensure all is well, after which you are free to return home to recover. You will be wearing a surgical compression bandage to hold your new sculpted chest in place while it heals.

You will need a friend or family member to drive you. For most patients about one week of recovery is needed before returning to work, while other patients may require a little longer. You will be provided with full post-surgery instructions, and Dr. Heil will be monitoring your progress with follow-up appointments.

Privacy and Discretion for Men with Gynecomastia

Gynecomastia can be a difficult condition to discuss, and a source of embarrassment. Dr. Heil has worked with many men to fully resolve the condition and create a smooth, taut, masculine upper chest in a simple surgical procedure.

The results can be life-changing. We work with our male patients with privacy and discretion and are ready to evaluate your condition and advise you what procedure, or combination of procedures will be needed.

A Happier, More Confident Life

The difference in your quality of life may be hard to imagine if you have been dealing with large male breasts for years. Be prepared to experience a dramatic increase in your feelings of self-confidence when you are free to wear tighter T-shirts,

go shirtless at pool and beach parties, and no longer feel have no more concerns about the appearance of your upper chest. While Dr. Heil, as a consummate professional, has dedicated his career to helping his patients overcome physical flaws, he is particularly focused on plastic surgery for men.

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We thank you for your patience during this unprecedented COVID-19 crisis. We are pleased to announce we are open for in-office appointments & elective surgeries.

Our highest priority is the care & safety of our patients & staff. Therefore, we are utilizing guidelines issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Health & the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

We are taking every precaution including universal masking, adequate personal protective equipment, heightened safety & decontaminating protocols, enhanced screening processes for incoming patients, as well as COVID-19 testing for our employees & surgical patients. Please click here for a full report of protocols and safety measures.

We will continue to offer virtual consultations with Dr Heil. Please email [email protected] to make these arrangements. For more information on protocols or to set-up an appointment, call us at 724.933.1800. Acqua Blu Medical Spa's estheticians, Anna & Alyson will be providing services shortly. Thank you for your loyalty & trust. We look forward to seeing your beautiful smiling face again.


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