Gynecomastia: Male Breast Reduction Surgery

Gynecomastia is an overgrowth of tissue in the male breast. This is different from excessive fat tissue caused by being overweight. The extra tissue is a combination of fat and glandular tissue. The most common cause in younger men is hormonal changes during puberty. In most cases, the condition resolves itself over a two year period without treatment. In other cases, surgical treatment may be necessary.

Gynecomastia may also be caused by:

  • Benign hormonal changes in the elderly
  • Dysfunctional endocrine glands
  • Chromosomal abnormalities
  • Side effects of certain medications
  • Certain diseases that affect hormonal balance

Surgical treatment for gynecomastia typically includes excision of breast glandular tissue and liposuction to remove the fat. Excess skin may also be removed in some cases. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia and drains will remain in place for the first few days following surgery.

For six weeks after surgery, you are closely monitored. A compression garment is worn for twenty-four hours a day for the first four weeks. After this time, they are worn only at night for an additional four weeks. Recovery from surgery usually involves only moderate discomfort and patients are prescribed antibiotics and pain medication.

Gynecomastia is not typically dangerous to a patient’s health, although it can be psychologically debilitating for men affected by this condition. You can lean more by contacting our office for a consultation.

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