What is Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia, also known as male breast enlargement, is caused by an enlargement of the mammary glands in males. Over half of the males worldwide have some form of this hormonal condition. The condition appears in most adolescents but typically dissipates by the time boys reach 16 to 18 years of age.
While gynecomastia is often believed to be the result of an excess of adipose or fatty tissue, the condition technically refers, as indicated, to glandular tissue enlargement. If the breast is enlarged because of an additional accumulation of tissue fat, the condition is referred to as pseudogynecomastia.
Gynecomastia can occur due to abuse of steroids, a genetic disorder, a medication side effect, tumor growth, castration, chronic liver disease, or the aging process.
Males with gynecomastia often avoid outdoor activities or social pursuits. Therefore, surgery will also remove the feelings of self-consciousness and depression that often accompany the condition.
Gynecomastia is Best Treated with Surgery
Gynecomastic breasts may be somewhat reduced if an obese male loses weight. However, surgery is still the best way to correct the condition, whether the male’s gynecomastia is the result of glandular enlargement or due to the accumulation of adipose in the tissues of the breast.
If men exhibit gynecomastia, as well as pseudogynecomastia, then the surgery will be combined with liposuction to enhance the contour of the chest. A surgical excision is made under the areola or the darker pigmented area beneath the nipple. In some cases, Dr. Whitlock may elect to make the initial incision underneath the arm.
Setting up a Consultation
Breast reduction surgery or a reduction mammoplasty is often recommended for males who want to correct a gynecomastic condition. If you are a man with enlarged breasts, the first step toward remedying the situation is to set up a consultation with Dr. Whitlock. He will explain the risks of the surgery as well as the aftercare treatment that is involved. Before the surgical consultation, Dr. Whitlock will usually schedule some tests and exams to ensure that the surgery can be facilitated as planned. He’ll also take your breast measurement and advise you on what medications are contraindicated with respect to the treatment plan.
What to Expect after Male Breast Reduction Surgery
If you are given a clean bill of health, then the male breast reduction procedure will be scheduled as an outpatient surgery. Expect some discomfort for several days after the procedure. Generally, healing takes about 10 days to two weeks. Patients can resume their normal activities after recovery, but heavy lifting is not advised.
Most men who undergo surgery for gynecomastia experience little scarring or post-operative difficulties. If scarring does occur, Dr. Whitlock may apply a gel to the affected area, such as Mederma®, which is used for both stretch marks and scars.
A New Lease on Life
Breast reduction surgery for gynecomastia provides men with positive results and increased self-esteem. In turn, their lives are open to new opportunities, both socially and athletically.