11 things you need to know about enlarged male breasts

Men with enlarged breasts may feel self-conscious and avoid participating in activities that involve taking off their shirt or avoid wearing shirts that are too tight. Gynecomastia surgery corrects enlarged male breasts and can give men back their confidence and improved self-esteem.

Read on to learn more about this common condition and treatment.

  1. Gynecomastia means “female-like breast.” It occurs when
  2. It affects nearly half of all adolescent boys and up to two-thirds of men who are middle age or older.
  3. It is characterized by excess localized fat and glandular tissue.
  4. Hormones and heredity are linked to the cause of enlarged breasts in men.
  5. It’s important that your breast development has stabilized before surgery can be performed to correct it.
  6. Surgery is done in an outpatient setting, and usually only takes 1-2 hours. If skin removal is necessary, that will add another hour to the procedure.
  7. Most patients need a light general anesthetic, while others may need deep sedation. Tumescent anesthesia is administered to the treatment area, which results in less bleeding and a smoother contour.
  8. Two incisions are made on each side of each breast during the procedure. A small incision is made in the armpit area, which won’t be visible when it heals. The second incision is made long the lower edge of the areola, which is the dark part of skin around the nipple.
  9. The incisions for this procedure are made so that the scars are difficult to see once healed.
  10. The procedure consists of a combination of liposuction and excision of the mass under the nipple. If necessary, excess skin is removed at this time.
  11. Recovery time varies, but most patients return to normal within 4-6 weeks. Competitive bodybuilders should avoid competing for six months after the procedure since swelling could be a problem.

If you suffer from enlarged male breasts, you don’t need to suffer from this common condition. To learn whether you are a candidate for surgery, call our office at (617) 965-9500 to set up a consultation.

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