Gynecomastia (Excessive Male Breast Tissue)
Gynecomastia, the condition of overdeveloped or enlarged breasts in men, is quite common and can occur in men during any period from puberty to adulthood. The most common form of Gynecomastia is not related to any medical condition, but may have some hereditary component. In rare cases, Gynecomastia can be caused by a medical condition or certain types of medication.
Most men seek consultation with a plastic surgeon when their extra breast tissue prevents them from being comfortable wearing fitted clothing or removing their shirts at the beach or pool. The effects of Gynecomastia can extend beyond the physical by causing emotional discomfort and impairing the self-confidence of an adolescent or adult male. Some men may avoid certain physical activities and intimacy simply to hide their condition.
Male breast reduction surgery can help minimize the effects of Gynecomastia for most patients. The condition typically can be treated surgically by removing excess fat, glandular tissue and/or skin. In most cases, the chest area is contoured with liposuction in combination with the removal of the fibrous tissue under the nipple. The result is an upper body with better proportions and a more masculine contour. The procedure can also provide the patient with freedom and self-confidence to lead an active life.
In severe cases of Gynecomastia, the weight of excess breast tissue may cause the breasts to sag and stretch the areola. In these cases, the position and size of the areola can be surgically improved and excess skin may need to be reduced.
Recovery from Gynecomastia surgery involves 5-7 days of downtime and a return to normal physical activities at 2-3 weeks.
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