Gynecomastia is a condition that involves enlargement or overdevelopment of breast tissue in men and boys. It can happen to newborn babies, teenage boys going through puberty, and grown men as they age. Commonly known as “man boobs”, gynecomastia is often caused by changes in hormone levels and can be resolved with surgical techniques.
What Can Be Done About Gynecomastia?
Certain medications may be helpful for some men with gynecomastia. If enlarged male breasts continue to be bothersome, reduction mammaplasty (plastic surgery to correct gynecomastia) can be performed. It may involve either or a combination of:
- Liposuction: Breast fat is removed in this procedure, but not breast gland tissue.
- Excision: Surgery is performed to remove breast tissue, using only small incisions in many cases. It is a less invasive procedure, requiring less recovery time.
Gynecomastia surgery reduces the size of male breasts. It also flattens and enhances male chest contours. Reduction mammaplasty can be performed with oral sedation or general anesthesia.