Gynecomastia

What is Gynecomastia?

Most men do not consider the likelihood that they will develop enlarged breasts; however, this is something that affects as much as 60 percent of men. It is defined as a feminine-like appearance of the male breasts, meaning, more specifically, enlargement of the male breast. 

Gynecomastia is characterized by the overdevelopment of tissue and fat. While this condition has a simple surgical fix, many men who suffer from this are too embarrassed to seek treatment.

What Causes Gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia can affect men of all ages and can develop in response to many different situations. 

Causes of gynecomastia include:

  • Genetics
  • Hormonal changes
  • Certain medications for prostate cancer, heart disease, HIV, or high blood pressure
  • Anabolic steroids
  • Drug use
  • Obesity

Am I a Candidate for Gynecomastia Surgery?

Gynecomastia can cause significant self-esteem issues in men who cannot remove enlarged breasts naturally. Candidates for male breast reduction identify with this insecurity and desire to correct it through surgical means. Ideal candidates do not smoke, are in good overall health and close to their goal weight, and have realistic expectations of their results.

How to treat Gynecomastia?

Men suffering from pseudogynecomastia (excess breast fat) benefit the most from using liposuction surgery to remove the excess fat. Men who qualify for liposuction alone do not have excess breast tissue or skin laxity on the chest.

 While liposuction doesn’t remove breast tissue, it can significantly contribute to the reduction in breast size. If liposuction is determined to be the most effective treatment approach for the patient, he will undergo approximately one to two hours of liposuction.

Postoperatively, the patient will be instructed to wear a compression garment and can resume normal activity, including exercise within a few days. Bruising is resolved after 2-4 weeks, and, like other liposuction procedures, swelling resolves completely after approximately three months.

During your liposuction treatment, Dr. Shieh will make a tiny incision on each side of the chest. These incisions are nearly invisible once they have healed. The excess fat is removed via a vacuuming device attached to a thin cannula.

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