Consultation and Tests
Comprehensive Physical Exam
We conduct a thorough physical examination and medical history to determine the underlying cause of gynecomastia, and evaluate whether medication or surgery is the right approach for you. We discuss your reasons for pursuing gynecomastia surgery, and your desired breast size. To determine if you are a candidate for surgery, we review your family history, general health status, lifestyle habits such as smoking, previous operations, and any medications you may be taking. Your breasts will be measured and assessed for size and shape, and photographs may be taken for your medical record. Based on these findings, we recommend a course of treatment specific to you. We discuss the expected outcome, potential risks and complications, and your post-operation recovery.
May be necessary to evaluate hormone levels. Pre-surgical testing also requires several blood tests to test your liver and kidney function, and to determine if you have any infection, blood disorder, or anemia, that may have gone previously undetected.
High-quality, digital X-ray images may be recommended to detect any underlying breast abnormalities. Gynecomastia can increase your risk for male breast cancer.
Depending on your initial screening results, your doctor may recommend you undergo a biopsy, in which a small portion of tissue is extracted for examination under a microscope. Additional imaging, including CT and MRI, may also be recommended.