The word “gynecomastia” comes from the Greek words for “woman” and “breast.” It describes a condition in which a boy or man develops unusually large breasts. The condition is often caused by a hormonal imbalance; the patient either has too much estrogen or too little testosterone. Gynecomastia is usually harmless, but it can be extremely embarrassing. As such, many men come to our office seeking gynecomastia correction.
The hormonal imbalance that causes gynecomastia can have a perfectly normal and harmless cause such as puberty. On the other hand, there are a number of drugs that can cause the hormonal imbalance that can result in gynecomastia. Examples include steroids, chemotherapy drugs, antidepressants and some epilepsy medications. Alcohol, heroin and marijuana can also cause gynecomastia. Some diseases, like hyperthyroidism, cirrhosis of the liver and some cancers, can also cause gynecomastia.
The first step in treating gynecomastia is identifying the cause of the condition. If medications don’t work and the gynecomastia shows no signs of going away on its own, the next step is gynecomastia correction surgery. In this case, the patient will undergo liposuction and/or breast reduction surgery.
In many cases, the patient may need to undergo liposuction to remove the excess fat in his breasts. Our surgeon can skillfully remove this fat and then sculpt the remaining tissue to make the contours of the patient’s chest look more natural and suitably masculine.
After the procedure, the patient will have to wear a compression garment for a set amount of time to reduce swelling and support the healing breasts. It is important to follow our team’s instructions regarding healing for optimal results.
There are several different techniques that our surgeon may use during gynecomastia correction. During a consultation with our surgeon at WellnessPlus Medical Center, you can learn more about the procedure itself and how it may work for you. It is important to understand that gynecomastia correction is not one-size-fits-all. The procedure is tailored for the patient.