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    A Look at Gynecomastia

    Last updated 2 days 9 hours ago

    Gynecomastia is a condition in which a boy or man develops excessive amounts of breast tissue. Enlarged breasts may occur in newborns or during puberty; in these cases, the condition tends to resolve itself over time. However, gynecomastia in men more often requires treatment such as breast reduction surgery. If you are considering breast reduction surgery, consult a plastic surgeon and learn more about the possible underlying causes of your condition.

    A man with gynecomastia may feel discomfort from enlarged breasts, particularly while engaging in sports activities. Enlargement of the breast tissue may be present in either one or both breasts. It may occur due to excessive glandular tissue development, excessive accumulation of localized fat, or both factors.

    Gynecomastia is caused by changes in hormone levels. Men naturally have both androgens—the male sex hormone—and estrogen, which is the female sex hormone. Unbalanced hormone levels can cause gynecomastia. The underlying causes of this issue can include puberty, aging, kidney failure, chronic liver disease, and use of anabolic steroids. Cancer treatments, recreational drugs, and prescription medications may also cause gynecomastia.

    While gynecomastia itself may not be medically dangerous, it can cause severe emotional trauma in boys and men. Furthermore, it may be indicative of a more serious problem, such as breast cancer in men.

    Treatment Options
    Men who suffer from overdeveloped tissue in one breast, and symptoms such as soreness and nipple discharge should see a doctor to rule out breast cancer as a cause. Otherwise, patients may consider plastic surgery options. Liposuction is the commonly performed plastic surgery to reduce the amount of breast tissue. A breast reduction surgery may also include making the areola smaller and removing excess skin to tighten and firm the area.

    Blackhawk Plastic Surgery offers the innovative vertical reduction technique for breast reduction surgeries, which means minimal scarring for our patients. To learn whether you could be a good candidate for breast reduction surgery, schedule a consultation by calling (925) 272-4855. Our highly qualified plastic surgeon will be happy to answer any questions you may have about gynecomastia and breast reduction surgery.

    Improving the Look of Sunken Eyes

    Last updated 7 days ago

    Many people try retinol creams to improve the look of fine lines in the eye area; however, these over-the-counter products are largely ineffective for addressing bags under the eyes. Instead, Dr. Ronan of Blackhawk Plastic Surgery recommends a combination approach that uses effective lasers and state-of-the-art plastic surgery techniques. To hear more about Dr. Ronan’s advice, watch this video.

    You’ll hear Dr. Ronan explain why surgical intervention is often needed and is more effective than injectables. Many individuals find remarkable improvements with a face fat transfer, which restores volume to a face that has lost fat over the years.

    You can improve the youthfulness of your appearance with a face fat transfer, breast augmentation, or face lift at Blackhawk Plastic Surgery. Contact us at (925) 272-4855 or visit us on the Web to read more about our plastic surgery techniques.

    Spotlight on Ultherapy Skin Tightening

    Last updated 19 days ago

    Are you dissatisfied with the aging appearance of your face, yet aren’t quite ready to commit to a face lift? While a face lift is indeed ideal for many, some people prefer a non-invasive approach to turning back the clock. If this describes you, consider booking an appointment for the Ultherapy procedure. Ultherapy is a revolutionary technique that tightens the skin and takes years off your appearance, allowing you to delay a face lift or maintain the results of a face lift.


    The benefits of skin tightening with Ultherapy are numerous. The procedure uses ultrasound and works with your body’s natural healing responses to stimulate the support structures of the skin. This lifts the skin in areas such as the neck, eyebrow, and underneath the chin to fight the effects of time and gravity. Ultherapy has been approved by the FDA, and it’s considered a safe and effective skin tightening treatment. Since the technology is based on ultrasound, no incisions are necessary. There is no downtime required; you can immediately resume your normal activities and no one will know that you’ve had a little work done.


    If you have mild to moderate skin laxity, you’re almost certainly a good candidate for Ultherapy skin tightening. If your skin feels less firm than it should or if you’ve noticed sagging on the neck, under the chin, or around the eyebrow area, Ultherapy could be right for you. Ultherapy cannot completely replace a face lift, which means it’s best for those who wish to delay having a face lift and for those who want to prolong the results of this surgery.


    The entire treatment only takes about 60 to 90 minutes. Over the next two to three months, you’ll notice continuing improvements as the collagen builds beneath your skin. Some individuals have enjoyed improvements for up to six months. Most people only require one treatment to achieve ideal results.

    Blackhawk Plastic Surgery now offers Ultherapy in addition to our cosmetic surgeries, including tummy tucks, face lifts, liposuction, rhinoplasty, and breast augmentation. Visit our website to explore our aesthetician services and cosmetic surgeries or give us a call at (925) 736-5757 to schedule a consultation. Our premier cosmetic surgery office is dedicated to helping you look and feel your best!

    Boost Your Tummy Tuck Results with These Flat-Belly Foods

    Last updated 23 days ago

    After your tummy tuck, you’ll enjoy a slim and toned midsection. To maintain your results, it’s a good idea to follow a high-fiber diet. Some examples of foods that are high in fiber are leafy green vegetables, beans, whole grains, and flaxseed. Avoid foods that can cause bloating and indigestion, such as packaged bakery products and other sources of high fructose corn syrup.

    For more helpful flat-belly tips, watch this video. This holistic nutrition expert explains the connection between belly fat and constant stress, and offers some tips on how to maintain your toned tummy.

    Blackhawk Plastic Surgery provides artistic cosmetic surgeries in the Bay Area, including tummy tucks, face lifts, and rhinoplasty. To explore whether a tummy tuck is right for you, call (925) 736-5757.

    What Is a Chemical Peel?

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Your skin is constantly regenerating itself by creating new skin cells and sloughing off the dead skin cells. When the top layers of skin are removed, sun spots, fine lines, and other blemishes vanish along with them. Chemical peels assist the natural turnover of your skin cells, giving you fast results. The aesthetician applies special chemicals to your face to remove the top layers and reveal the youthful skin underneath.

    There are a few different types of chemical peels and they vary in strength. Glycolic acid peels are a type of light chemical peel; they are ideal for people with mild skincare concerns such as dull skin or mild discoloration. Another type of light chemical peel uses alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA). For a person with severe skincare concerns, an aesthetician might recommend a trichloroacetic acid (TCA) peel, which is much stronger and penetrates deeper into the skin layers.

    Blackhawk Plastic Surgery is pleased to offer customized chemical peel treatments to our valued clients in the Bay Area! Give us a call at (925) 736-5757 and ask us about our cosmetic surgery services, including breast augmentation, liposuction, and rhinoplasty.


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