Gynecomastia is the medical term for enlargement of the male breast. While enlarged breasts are a normal transient occurrence in about 70% of boys going through puberty, only 1% of adult men experience the condition in varying degrees. It is important that a physician determines if the enlargement is a result of abnormal breast glands or if the problem is an excess amount of fat in the breast area due to weight gain. It is also possible that intense chest workouts can cause breasts to appear more prominent because of increased bulk in the pectoral muscles underneath the breasts. Surgery to correct gynecomastia can be performed on healthy, emotionally stable men of any age, but may be discouraged for obese men, or for overweight men who have not first attempted to correct the problem with exercise or weight loss. Men who drink a lot of alcohol or use marijuana are usually not considered good candidates for surgery. Alcohol and marijuana are known to be associated strongly with the condition, as well as current or prior use of anabolic steroids. A good plastic surgeon will require that the patient discontinues use of any of those substances before considering surgery.Request a Consultation
The Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Center is located at Fashion Island, in beautiful Newport Beach. Headed by Dr. Thomas Barnes, the warm and friendly staff believe in "balance" in terms of procedure choices - and results. Creating an environment to make you feel at home and completely at ease is of the utmost importance to us. Our goal is to offer natural, non-surgical looking results with the least invasive facial or body procedures possible so you can look and feel your best.
An art as well as science, cosmetic surgery requires both a discerning eye and surgical experience. Dr. Barnes, who originally coined the term "lunchtime makeovers" in 1998, has since been featured on a multitude of shows including but not limited to The Today Show, Good Morning America, Extra and various news channels such as ABC, CBS, and NBC.
About Thomas Barnes, MD, FACS
Professional Board Certifications:
Diplomate, American Board of Cosmetic Surgery - Gen. Cosmetic Surgery Diplomate, Board of Certification in Plastic/ Reconstructive Surgery, AAPS Diplomate, ABMS Internal Medicine
Medical Society Memberships:
Foundation for Cosmetic Surgery, Board of Directors American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery American Society of Liposuction Surgery International Society of Cosmetic Laser Surgeons American Society of Laser for Medicine and Surgery California Academy of Cosmetic Surgery-Director/Founder
Dr. Barnes is frequently sought after as an expert due to his innate ability to educate viewers and listeners about the latest procedures while creating a sense of credibility and familiarity.
After graduating from USC of Medicine, Dr. Barnes completed his residency at UCLA. His proven expertise in his field earned him the title of one of the pioneers in laser lipolysis. As an industry expert on SmartLipo, he trains other physicians on the precise art and science of laser assisted liposculpture. Furthermore, as one of the original Botox Physician Trainers for Allergan Pharmaceuticals, he has performed and trained other physicians on Botox and other fillers. His vast experience includes extensive work with a myriad of lasers, fillers and all the latest procedures.
Dr. Barnes believes that every one of his patients deserves his professional time and experience, however small or large the procedure. As such, he performs every procedure himself, from Botox injections, photofacial procedures, to SmartLipo MPX.