Gynecomastia, or overdeveloped male breasts, is a common condition that affects many men at some point in their lives. For men with gynecomastia, engaging in certain situations such as going to the gym or lying out by the pool can cause tremendous anxiety. Many men with gynecomastia avoid situations such as these, so they don’t have to take off their shirts and risk embarrassment.
Fortunately, men with enlarged breasts have a solution to address this aesthetic issue: male breast reduction surgery. By undergoing male breast reduction surgery in Paramus with Dr. Gary D. Breslow or Patrick J. Greaney Jr.,
MD, men with gynecomastia achieve a sculpted chest area, so they no longer feel self-conscious or ashamed about their figure.
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Causes of Gynecomastia
There are several possible causes of gynecomastia. True clinical gynecomastia is characterized by excessive breast glandular tissue in males. True gynecomastia can be caused by hormonal fluctuations, chronic use of certain medications (e.g., anabolic steroids), chronic use of certain recreational drugs (e.g., marijuana, steroids), alcohol abuse, some thyroid disorders and a number of other possible causes.
Gynecomastia is common among adolescents, but for many, the condition improves over time. For other males, gynecomastia that develops during adolescence persists into adulthood. The condition is also common in older men.
In contrast, significant weight gain or major weight fluctuations can cause the development of excess fatty tissue throughout the chest area. This is known as pseudo-gynecomastia. Sometimes, localized fat deposits throughout the chest area are resistant to diet and exercise efforts. If this is the case, Dr. Breslow or Dr. Greaney may recommend liposuction of the chest to remove the excess fat from this area.
The Male Breast Reduction Procedure
During consultation, Dr. Breslow evaluates the male patient’s chest area, reviews his medical and surgical history and listens to his aesthetic concerns. Depending on whether the patient has gynecomastia, pseudo-gynecomastia or a combination of the two, Dr. Breslow recommends an appropriate treatment plan that best suits the patient’s individual needs.
During the male breast reduction procedure, the doctor removes fat, excess skin and / or glandular tissue from the breasts, for a flatter, firmer, better contoured chest profile. The plastic surgeon can achieve these goals with various male breast reduction techniques.
The most common approach to male breast reduction involves making a small, semicircular incision around the areola, which is the darker skin surrounding the nipple. Through this incision, fat and breast tissue are removed.
Other male breast reduction techniques that Dr. Breslow and Dr. Greaney perform rely more heavily on the use of liposuction technology to remove the unwanted tissue. Again, the surgical approach chosen depends on the nature of the patient’s enlarged male breasts and his goals for surgery.
Male breast reduction surgery can help men with enlarged male breasts regain their sense of confidence. To schedule a private consultation with Dr. Breslow or Dr. Greaney to learn more about the gynecomastia treatment options, contact the Breslow Center for Plastic Surgery by calling (201) 444-9522 now.