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Male Bodybuilders & Gynecomastia

Because some bodybuilders take anabolic steroids as part of their training regimen, there is a risk of developing gynecomastia (enlarged, female-like breast tissue). This happens when steroids break down forming the female hormone, estradiol. If the patient’s primary physician catches the enlarging breast tissue early enough, then the physician may be able to reverse it by administering certain pharmaceuticals. However, Dr. Michael Eisemann, a Houston plastic surgeon, sees patients who either did not address their gynecomastia soon enough (or at all), or where pharmaceutical intervention failed. When plastic surgeons aim to eliminate or improve gynecomastia, there are generally two tools: liposuction, and direct excision of tissue. For bodybuilders, the treatment approach generally involves the latter – direct tissue excision. Dr. Eisemann and his staff stress to bodybuilder patients the importance of following post-operative instructions, because the instinct for these patients is to return to the gym and begin workouts almost immediately. Working out before being cleared by Dr. Eisemann usually leads to bleeding around the incision site(s), and if enough blood or fluid collects, then the patient requires a needle aspiration to solve the problem. The Eisemann Plastic Surgery Center realizes that men are often hesitant to seek the assistance of a plastic or aesthetic surgeon because they feel this field of medicine is reserved for women only. Because of this misconception, our professionals strive to make male patients feel welcome and at home at our office and surgical facility. For information on treatment of gynecomastia, feel free to contact our office for a medical consultation.

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19 View Update Virtual Consultation

Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dr. Michael Eisemann, Dr. Bradley Eisemann, and the entire staff at Eisemann Plastic Surgery are committed to the health and safety of all of our patients and ourselves.

We are thankful to be connected to Houston Methodist Hospital, one of the most respected hospitals in the country. Because of this, our screening policy is aided by the hospital's official policies and checkpoint screening measures completed prior to entering our building. These measures allow us to do everything we can, at this point in time, to minimize the chance that we expose ourselves or our patients to someone who has been sick or contagious with the virus.

We are set up to perform new consults and patient follow-ups via ZOOM video conferencing.

As of Monday, March 23rd, our office is open. We are open and seeing select patients. If you are currently on the schedule, please call our office if you have any concerns about your own health.

While all major hospitals have stopped elective surgery at this time, we are very selectively performing indicated operative procedures in our procedure room and in our AAAASF certified operating room under local and IV sedation.

As always, both Dr. Michael Eisemann and Dr. Bradley Eisemann are available by phone and email to answer any questions you may have.

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