Gynecomastia: Male breasts are common but easily reversed


Gynecomastia, ie, male breasts, can be an annoying, embarrassing condition for men.It is commonly found in men at all stages of life, with up to 25% of men having some enlargement of their breasts. Usually there is no cause and it is easily reversed with liposuction.

Gynecomastia can often be seen at puberty, but may go away spontaneously.If it doesn’t, a medical evaluation of the teenager is in order. Usually no hormone imbalance is found, and in these cases of benign breast enlargement, surgery may provide a solution. 

As men age, various hormonal changes can occur as well as weight gain, which may contribute to breast enlargement.Also, the use of certain medications can cause the breasts to enlarge, such as anabolic steroids for body builders,prostate medications, and some anti-depressants.

If you have a unilateral breast enlargement, nipple discharge, a firm nodule, or breast pain, a medical evaluation is important as there can be an underlying problem that needs to be cared for. Breast cancer is uncommon in men, but does occur; 1% of all breast cancers occur in men.

For the most common benign male breast enlargement, liposuction provides a simple, almost scarless treatment. A small incision at the junction of the nipple and chest skin allows the plastic surgeon to get rid of the excess fat and breast tissue, thus flattening the appearance of the chest. Men do not usually need to have external scars to remove excess skin as the chest skin shrinks and flattens out when the breast is reduced. However, in some cases, the skin might not have enough elasticity to shrink, in which case some external scars will necessary. After surgery, a vest is worn for a few weeks and return to work and the gym is rapid.
If you have this problem and it bothers you, call us and set up a complimentary appointment to be evaluated.

William B. Rosenblatt, M.D.
Lenox Hill Plastic Surgery Center
308 East 79th Street
Suite 1D
New York, NY 10075
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New York Plastic Surgeon