Gynecomastia, also known as male breast enlargement, is often seen in young teenagers. Gynecomastia frequently improves or resolves altogether as maturity sets in. In some instances, however, the amount of male breast enlargement is either so very pronounced or so extremely persistent that plastic surgery may be helpful. Gynecomastia can lead to embarrassment from being taunted and teased and may result in loss of self-esteem and in social isolation.
Gynecomastia and the resulting psychological damage also occur in older males who develop gynecomastia later in life. In most instances, the actual cause of gynecomastia is unknown, though hormonal imbalance, genetic predisposition, steroid usage, certain medication usage, and some drugs such as marijuana can result in gynecomastia. An endocrinology evaluation may be performed to help you identify any potential causes and reversible nonsurgical factors.
Plastic Surgical Correction of Gynecomastia (Male Breast Enlargement)
If you are self-conscious about the appearance of your chest and find your social, athletic, or professional opportunities to be limited by gynecomastia, you may want to consider male breast reduction/gynecomastia reduction. Several cosmetic male breast reduction procedures are available such as liposuction reduction of excess breast tissue, surgical excision of excess breast tissue, or a combination of both. Sometimes, it is advantageous to remove extra skin when the amount of skin is excessive or to reduce the size of the nipples when the nipple-areolar area is extremely enlarged.
Additional procedures such as lateral chest wall liposuction or skin reduction may be helpful for you. Your goals will be carefully considered and the procedure that is best for you will be determined at your thorough private confidential consultation with me. My office will treat you with sensitivity and respect when you visit and I will personally perform your consultation myself. Your physical attributes such as the consistency of your breast tissue (firm versus soft), your amount of loose skin, and your nipple/areola size will influence which male breast reduction plastic surgical procedure is best for you.
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