Men can experience uncomfortably large, oversized breasts. This condition is referred to as Gynecomastia. Up to 30% of all males will experience this condition at some point in their life. Gynecomastia can be characterized as an excess amount of glandular or fatty tissue, or a combination of both, accumulating around the nipple, areola and chest. Embarrassment and low self-esteem can be seen in patients with Gynecomastia. Men with the condition often avoid situations such as the beach or swimming, playing sports, or anything that requires a tight shirt or no shirt at all.
The condition is usually seen in both breasts but it could occur on just one side, as well. It is a common misconception that diet and exercise can improve Gynecomastia symptoms. While some cases of Gynecomastia, especially during adolescence, do resolve on their own, most situations are best treated with a Male Breast Reduction procedure.
The Cause of Gynecomastia:
There are a number of things that can cause male breast tissue to become enlarged. The most common is an imbalance of male to female hormones within the body. This is usually temporary, returning back to normal in 6 months to 18 months. Boys in puberty and above the age of 50 will see these changes most often. Gynecomastia is also experienced as the side effect of certain medications. These include anxiety medications, heart medications, and anabolic steroids, just to name a few. Health problems such as kidney failure and hypothyroidism are known causes of Gynecomastia, as well. It is important to discuss your individual case with a physician, to find the root cause of your symptoms.
The Male Breast Reduction Procedure:
A Male Breast Reduction is a surgical procedure to reduce the amount of accumulated tissue around the breast, smoothing and flattening the area, and enhancing the chest contours. The procedure is performed under general anesthesia, and takes one to two hours to complete.
Gynecomastia can be treated by Liposuction (for the fatty tissue component) or by excision (for the fibrous glandular tissue), or a combination of both, depending on the type of tissue to be removed.
Dr. Basile will determine exactly which combination of procedures will be most advantageous for a your situation at the consultation appointment.
The Recovery from a Male Breast Reduction:
Patients can expect a one to two week recovery time; work can usually be resumed in 5-7 days. There will be some swelling, bruising, and discomfort; Dr. Basile will prescribe the appropriate medications to keep patients resting comfortably at home. Patients may need to wear a special lycra vest for a period of time after surgery, to assist with the healing process.
Call Basile Plastic Surgery for answers to your Gynecomastia questions or to schedule a private consultation with Dr. Basile.