Gynecomastia is a condition unique to men, whereby the breast tissue becomes enlarged and over-developed. While most men generally love the female breast, they do not, however, enjoy having breasts themselves. In fact, the development of male breast tissue can have profound social effects on men with the condition, often times limiting their social activities out of shame, embarrassment, or fear of being laughed at or ridiculed.
The development of male breast tissue, also regarded by some as “man boobs” is actually quite common and may be caused by age, hormonal changes, genetics, weight gain or a combination of all three. Gynecomastia can occur at any age, but most commonly occurs during adolescence and the later years of life. There are several identifying characteristics of gynecomastia, which include an abundance of fat and or/glandular tissue development in the male breast. Occasionally, an excess of breast skin can exist in this condition as well. Additionally, gynecomastia may affect one breasts, or both.
The treatment for gynecomastia is a technically simple procedure known as gynecomastia surgery, which is also referred to as a male breast reduction. Depending on your specific condition, treatment may include excision of breast tissue, which is performed through a small areolar incision, power-assisted liposuction of the breast tissue, or a combination of both. The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, takes about an hour and a half, and requires that a compressive garment be warn for a period of 8 weeks following surgery.
The ultimate goal of gynecomastia or male breast surgery provide the patient with a more masculine end result, and men are mascu-line-ing up for this confidence boosting procedure. If you are suffering from gynecomastia, you have options. Schedule your consultation with Doctor Vallecillos, a board certified plastic surgeon to ensure you get the best care and can discuss all options to suit your needs.