Dr. Shaun D. Parson
Dr. Parson received a B.S. from The University of Utah in Biomedical Engineering. He obtained an M.D. degree from The George Washington University, and completed a General Surgery Residency at The Phoenix Integrated Surgical Residency.
Dr. Parson is currently an Associate Professor of Surgery at The University of Arizona. He is a Clinical Instructor in Plastic Surgery for both The Phoenix Integrated Surgical Residency and The Mayo Clinic.
Dr. Parson has been honored multiple times as one of Phoenix Magazine’s “Top Docs”. In addition, Dr. Parson serves as the Medical Director for Neos MedSpa.
Gynecomastia is the medical term for abnormal breast development in males. A fairly common condition affecting almost half of males during development, it can occur on one or both sides of the chest, and is the result of excessive breast tissue, fat, or both. In some cases, the condition is due to a normal or “physiological” phase of development. It can occur with the onset of puberty, but usually regresses by age 20. It can also occur with aging in otherwise healthy males. Other “pathological” causes of abnormal male breast growth can occur, either due to decreased production of testosterone (male hormone), increased production of estrogen (female hormone), or certain drugs. The use of anabolic steroids (used by body builders), and other drugs (marijuana, alcohol, cimetidine, spironolactone, some anti-depressants, for example) can be the cause of gynecomastia. Gynecomastia can be a sign of liver disease. But the majority of cases have no known cause. Certainly, most affected adolescent boys will “grow out of it” if no treatment is rendered. If this does not occur, treatment is available to reduce the size of the soft tissues, either by removal of fatty tissue using liposuction, or by open removal of breast gland tissue using a small incision around the areola, or pigmented area of the nipple. In more extensive cases with large amounts of excessive skin, larger skin incisions (and therefore larger scars) are necessary to remove the redundant skin.
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Dr. Parson has held the position of Chairman of Plastic Surgery and Chief of Surgery at Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Hospital. He is a Diplomate of The American Board of Plastic Surgery and The American Board of Surgery. He is also a Fellow of the American