Enlarged male breasts or breast area, clinically known as gynecomastia, is a common condition that affects nearly sixty percent of all men throughout life. It usually occurs during puberty as a result of hormonal imbalance and disappears at the age of 20. It can be unilateral or bilateral. However, the condition can also be induced by certain medications or a side effect of certain diseases. In some cases, gynecomastia does not go away on its own and surgical correction is often needed to solve the problem and restore the masculine profile. Although rarely discussed, we realize the negative effects that our patients are caused by gynecomastia, such as low self-esteem and feelings of dissatisfaction with their appearance. Fortunately, men who suffer from this condition can find relief with one of the male breast reduction procedures offered by Dr. Barrett at Barrett Plastic Surgery. These treatments can remove the patient’s excess skin, fat and glandular tissue and leave a flatter, firmer and more contoured breast. FROM DR. BARRETT “This procedure really strikes me as I experienced gynecomastia as a teenager. I definitely understand what impact this can have on a man’s self-esteem and body image. Men should not have enlarged breasts! It takes a lot for men to even seek help for this condition because they may feel uncomfortable or embarrassed. It is important for men who experience gynecomastia to know that it is a common condition and that there is a solution. The solution depends on each individual patient. I like to avoid scarring on a man’s breasts whenever possible due to its high visibility. Often liposuction is all that is needed, but if an excision of tissue is required, this can be done with a very small incision. What is gynecomastia? Swollen or enlarged breasts characterize gynecomastia in men. There are varying degrees of the condition, with some cases of gynecomastia becoming very pronounced and even resembling female breasts. The problem can occur in just one breast or both at a time. Some men also experience tenderness in the breasts with enlargement. In men, the condition tends to occur most often between the ages of 50 and 69, according to the Mayo Clinic. Gynecomastia does not usually indicate a serious medical problem. However, some of the diseases that lead to the condition can be worrying and may include: Hypogonadism, which is a sharp decrease or absence of testosterone Hyperthyroidism caused by overproduction of the hormone thyroxine Some tumors, including those involving the pituitary or adrenal glands or testicles Liver cirrhosis, liver failure or treatments related to these conditions Starvation or malnutrition that can cause testosterone levels to drop. Since gynecomastia can be linked to these health problems, it is always best to have the condition assessed by a doctor who can determine the cause and suggest treatment when appropriate. ✔ WEBSITE ✔ SNAPCHAT ✔ INSTAGRAM ✔ FACEBOOK ✔ EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read more about Gynecomastia surgery