Gynecomastia (male breast) Surgery
Under certain circumstances, a man can develop fibro-fatty breast tissue that resembles a woman’s breast. This condition is referred to as gynecomastia. The etiology of this process is not widely understood, however, it is known that certain medical conditions, medications, hormones, drugs, and other factors may play a role. In the majority of cases, no etiology can be determined. Gynecomastia affects an estimated 40 to 60 percent of men, and it may affect one breast or both.
Depending on the extent of the problem, gynecomastia may be treated with excision of the breast bud, liposuction of the fatty tissue, or a combination of both procedures. Occasionally, a secondary procedure to reduce excess skin or to return the nipple to a more normal position may be needed. Results can vary, but generally patients have a chest that is flatter, firmer, and better contoured, and they often feel more comfortable in form fitting clothing or going without a shirt.
Gynecomastia Frequently Asked Questions
What causes gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia can be caused by certain medications, drugs, hormones and metabolic disorders, but most often it’s cause is unknown and not due to any specific medical condition.
How is gynecomastia treated?
If gynecomastia is due to a drug or medication reaction, it can often be improved by stopping the offending agent. However, the majority of cases will require surgery to correct the problem. Dr. Tyrone typically uses a combination of liposuction and excision of breast tissue to correct the problem. Rarely a second operation may be required to correct skin laxity if the gynecomastia is severe.
Am I a candidate for gynecomastia surgery?
Generally if you are healthy and your life or social interactions are afftected by gynecomastia, you would be a candidate for surgery.
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