Gynecomastia (Male Breast Reduction)
Gynecomastia is a condition affecting nearly all males at some point in their lives. This can be unilateral or bilateral swelling of the male breast leading to firmness and enlargement of the tissues under the areola. It has been estimated that more than 70% of men who are age 50 and above have gynecomastia. It is also often seen in the young adolescent in association with secondary sexual development.
In this age group, the presence of gynecomastia creates enormous emotional insecurity during a period of profound physical changes. The exact cause of gynecomastia may be difficult to pinpoint but in many cases naturally occurring testosterone is converted to estrogen in the fatty tissues of the chest leading to breast tissue development.
For a number of adolescent males, regression of the gynecomastia occurs during later adolescence and no treatment of the condition is needed. However, if the gynecomastia persists beyond two years it is reasonable to consider treating it with a subcutaneous mastectomy or liposuction or both.
Gynecomastia is divided into four separate categories depending on the amount of extra breast tissue and skin present. In many cases gynecomastia can be corrected through either liposuction or direct glandular resection of tissue. More rarely, excess skin must be removed; this constitutes a male breast reduction. If necessary, excess skin is removed using techniques to create the least conspicuous scars possible.
For more information about correcting gynecomastia, please call our office today. A consultation will provide the opportunity to discuss your unique situation and consider the wide variety of options available to you.