Gynecomastia (gy·neco·mas·tia \ˌgī-nə-kō-ˈma-stē-ə\)
Gynecomastia is the medical term for enlarged breasts in males.
Gynecomastia may occur in men of any age or ethnicity. It’s occurrence may be related to genetics, obesity, hormonal imbalance, or the use of certain medication.
The condition represents growth of rudimentary male breast tissue which can occur in up to 70% of males during puberty. In most cases, the breast tissue regresses as hormonal influences are withdrawn but may persist into adulthood.
Clients seek consultation for gynecomastia because they are concerned with enlarging breast tissue. They are concerned with the appearance of the chest. Many clients are referred to my attention by their primary care physicians.
The treatment of gynecomastia is tailored to the stage, or severity, of the condition. The traditional treatment comprises direct removal of the tissue associated with the nipple. I prefer to first shape the chest using liposculpting (please see HD Body Sculpting) followed by removal of the tissue behind the nipple using minimal access incisions.
One should seek consultation for gynecomastia for the following reasons:
- Increase in size of the male breast
- Palpable, persistent, and visible tissue behind the nipple
- Unsatisfactory cosmetic appearance of the chest often associated with emotional distress or low self confidence
Gynecomastia surgery is associated with a high degree of patient satisfaction.
The surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure and clients are discharged home several hours after surgery.
I recommend a compression garment as well as gradual return to activities in order to reduce the occurrence of fluid collections. Return to full activity may be anticipated in the range of 3-6 weeks.
In order to determine whether you are a candidate for gynecomastia surgery, please arrange a consultation at the Reddy Aesthetic Institute.