Characterized by the abnormal development/enlargement of breast tissue in men, gynecomastia is a condition that affects a large number of males both young and old. In fact, an estimated 15% of males in the United States have experienced gynecomastia, which typically begins at puberty and often resolves without treatment. For some men, however, gynecomastia does not go away on its own after puberty. For others, symptoms develop sometime later in life due to the use of cannabis or certain medicines prescribed to treat benign prostatic hypertrophy in older men. When gynecomastia does not resolve on its own, several treatment options are available – including compression shirts, medication, particular chest exercises, etc. – though the most effective solution is typically male breast reduction.
Since the root cause of gynecomastia is an excess of glandular breast tissue, which is often accompanied by a buildup of fat tissue, male breast reduction generally involves both tissue excision and liposuction. During the procedure, liposuction will typically be employed to first reduce the fullness of the breasts on both sides of the chest. Then, the small amount of glandular tissue left around the areola will be removed using a careful surgical technique designed to achieve an excellent result while limiting potential scarring. The entire operation is performed under sedation or general anesthesia, generally on an outpatient basis.
Ultimately, male breast reduction surgery can be an extremely rewarding procedure for men suffering from gynecomastia. In fact, this treatment has one of the highest patient satisfaction rates at my practice.
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