Gynecomastia, otherwise known as enlarged male breasts, affects nearly 40-60% of men. This condition can be highly embarrassing as well as physically uncomfortable.
Men who feel self-conscious about enlarged breasts may seek breast reduction surgery. The procedure removes fat and/or glandular tissue from the breasts, and in some cases excess skin as well. The result is a flatter, firmer chest.
What Causes Gynecomastia?
There is no one exact cause when it comes to gynecomastia. Hormonal changes and imbalances can cause infants, boys, and older men to develop enlarged male breasts. Some boys may develop gynecomastia while going through puberty. Gynecomastia typically occurs on both sides; however, in some cases, it may only occur on one side.
Gynecomastia can also be a side effect of certain medications, like anabolic steroids, anti-anxiety medication, opioids, corticosteroids, and more.
Some medication conditions may also cause gynecomastia, including thyroid problems, liver disease, and kidney failure. Obesity may also play a role in causing gynecomastia in some men.
How Is Gynecomastia Diagnosed?
Gynecomastia is typically diagnosed by a physical examination. During your personalized consultation with Dr. Glassman, he will ask about your medical history. It is important to disclose to Dr. Glassman any medications you take or have taken in the past, as these medications may be a contributing cause to gynecomastia.
How Is Gynecomastia Treated?
Gynecomastia can be treated in a number of ways. If the condition is diagnosed during puberty, it often goes away on its own. If an underlying condition is causing gynecomastia, then that should be treated first. In some cases, breast reduction surgery is performed to treat this condition.
Surgery typically involves liposuction, excision, or a combination of both. During your consultation with Dr. Glassman, he will determine the best treatment plan for your specific needs.
Recovery from Surgery and Results
After your procedure, bandages will be placed over the incisions and you may be given a support garment to help minimize swelling while you heal. You may feel some discomfort and pain in the first few days. Dr. Glassman may prescribe medication to help ease your discomfort.
You should not perform any strenuous activities or exercise after your procedure. It is important that you follow all of Dr. Glassman’s aftercare instructions to ensure that the recovery process goes as smoothly as possible.
Typically, you will see some results right after your procedure; however, final results often take anywhere from three to six months.
Cost of Treatment
The cost of treatment for gynecomastia depends on the type of treatment you get. If you have surgery, the price of treatment will depend on a few variables, like the technique used during surgery, the length of the procedure, the amount of tissue removed, and other factors. If you have any questions about the cost of treating gynecomastia, be sure to ask Dr. Glassman.
Schedule a Consultation Today
If you are interested in learning more about gynecomastia, call the office of Dr. Lawrence Glassman to set up a consultation today. Dr. Glassman is a top board-certified plastic surgeon in the New York City area and will be happy to answer any questions you may have about gynecomastia.