Gynecomastia is the abnormal development of mammary glands in men, resulting in enlarged breast tissue in one or both breast areas. Though this oddly named condition, coming from the Greek words for women-like breasts, is rarely talked about, it is actually quite common, affecting an estimated 40 to 60 percent of men. Though certain drugs and medical problems have been linked with male breast overdevelopment, there is no known cause in the vast majority of cases.
Enlarged male breasts can be reduced by liposuction alone or by typical Breast Reduction techniques, in which fat and/or glandular tissue is removed from the breasts, and in extreme cases, excess skin. Results are considered permanent, although subsequent obesity can create a gynecomastia-like effect.
Gynecomastia Correction, also referred to as male breast-reduction surgery, can give you a firmer, flatter, more contoured chest, in-turn boosting your self-confidence.
Is Gynecomastia Correction Right for You?
Many men choose to have male breast reduction surgery to boost self-esteem with a more contoured physique and giving them the confidence to participate in physical activities.
Gynecomastia Correction may be an option for you if:
- you have excess fatty tissue in your chest
- your breast tissue resembles female breast tissue
- you have a dome-shaped appearance to your areolas
- you have enlarged or excessive nipple projection
- your chest is asymmetrical in size
Surgery may be discouraged for obese men or for overweight men who have not first attempted to correct the problem with exercise or weight loss. Individuals who drink alcohol in excess, smoke marijuana or use anabolic steroids are usually not considered good candidates for surgery as these substances can cause gynecomastia-like effects. Dr. Ruthie will help you make the final decision on whether male breast-reduction surgery is right for you; however, the best candidates are healthy, emotionally stable men of any age with firm, elastic skin that will reshape to the body's new contours.
Your Visit with Dr. Ruthie
During your consultation, Dr. Ruthie will examine your chest, take measurements and discuss your goals and your desired outcome. She will consider the unique attributes of the tissue of your chest, areolas and nipples to determine whether your goals can be realistically achieved. Dr. Ruthie will explain to you, in detail and with photographs, what the procedure will entail and what you can expect during recovery, as well as answer any questions or concerns you may have.
You should come to the consultation prepared to discuss your medical history, including information about any medical conditions, drug allergies, past medical treatments, previous surgeries and any current medications.