I'm 17 years old and I've had true gynecomastia for 4-5 years. Is Surgery a Good Option?

I'm 17 years old and I've had true gynecomastia for 4-5 years. The condition has seriously impacted upon my self-esteem and confidence, so obviously, I'm very eager to oust it! I'm not overweight, (my BMI is 19.4 and I do lots of cardio) I've never taken drugs and I have no underlying illnesses I'm aware of which could cause gynecomastia. Since it's been roughly 5 years, I'm doubtful it will ever go away; so is surgery a good option, or should I wait longer? Any advice would be much appreciated.

Doctor Answers 15

Gynecomastia Surgery

Sounds like it is time. Most men tolerate the recovery extremely well and are gratified by the results.

Fort Myers Plastic Surgeon
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Gynecomastia treatment

Gynecomastia can be treated in several ways. Sometimes with just liposuction, sometimes with tissue excision, and sometimes skin excision is added as well. It really depends upon how extensive it is.  An exam is key.  Good luck.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Surgical Options for Gynecomastia

What you describe is the typical presentation for gynecomastia.  I often find that as a young adolescent matures and looses some weight the breasts can remain large.  Many young boys with gynecomastia are embarrassed by their appearance and wear two shirts to hide the chest deformity.  There are many surgical options for gynecomastia including liposuction and direct surgical excision, termed a subcutaneous mastectomy.  Usually the excess skin will shrink down and the patient is left with a nice male chest contour.  If your gynecomastia has been present for over 5 years it is unlikely that it will resolve on its own.  Discuss your condition with your parents and schedule a consultation with a plastic surgeon who is experienced with gynecomastia.    

Jeffrey Zwiren, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Best Time for Correction of Gynecomastia

Male breast enlargement is common at the time of puberty.  If it does not go away on its own within two years it is likely to stay.  If your gynecomastia has been present for 4-5 years this would be a good time to have it corrected.  Surgery usually involves a combination of liposuction and removal of gland through small incisions.  See my blog on this subject.

Mary Lee Peters, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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Gynecomastia treatment

Surgery is a great option for gynecomastia and goes a long way to improving one's self esteem. The procedure is not difficult to go through but make sure you have an experienced plastic surgeon do the procedure to get the best results.

John P. Stratis, MD
Harrisburg Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 32 reviews

Have a consultation with an experienced Gynecomastia Surgeon.

You should visit the plastic surgeon web site to see his before and after pictures.It is important that the Gynecomastia Surgeon will remove about 95% of the gland to avoid reccurence.Usually liposuction alone is not sufficient.

Mordcai Blau, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Scarless gynecomastia

Is basically the only treatment. We see a large number of patients for this and I cannot tell you how many 40 year olds I see who have struggled with this all their lives after being told to wait and they will "grow out of it". If this is as you say the standard type of gynecomastia with no other predisposing causes surgery is effective and spares a lot of heart ache over the next decades.

Sherwood Baxt, MD
Paramus Plastic Surgeon
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Teenager Gynecomastia

Thank you for your question.

While there is no “youngest age” to undergo #gynecomastia surgery, many surgeons make sure that teenage patients have had gynecomastia for at least two years and have no other identifiable causes for their gynecomastia before having #surgery.  

You may want to consult a #boardcertified #plasticsurgeon in person to see if surgery is your best option at this time.

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 99 reviews

Gynecomastia Surgery in Teens


Thank you for your post. Based on your history, you likely have physiologic gynecomastia which is not uncommon in boys who go through puberty. In most boys who develop gynecomastia during puberty, it resolves within 2-3 years and so I typically advise waiting at least that long before entertaining surgery. I recommend being evaluated by a plastic surgeon who specializes in gynecomastia surgery. If there are no other medical conditions responsible for the gynecomastia, then surgery will be very effective in obtaining the results you are seeking.


Dr. Dadvand

Babak Dadvand, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 41 reviews

Gynecomastia in 17 year old

Your body continues to develop through adolescence, and most boys find that their gynecomastia corrects itself of its own. If after losing weight their chest is still not aesthetically pleasing, surgery can then be considered once another medical condition has been ruled out.

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