Enlarged or sagging breasts can make men feel insecure and self-conscious, and they may avoid going shirtless or avoid certain activities such as going to the gym, the pool or the beach. Gynecomastia, or enlarged breasts, is a condition that often happens during adolescence but usually disappears as boys age. When the condition doesn’t go away on its own, gynecomastia surgery is a great way to reduce the size of breasts and flatten and enhance the chest contours to feel more confident.
Causes and characteristics of gynecomastia
An estimated 40 to 60 percent of men have gynecomastia, which can be caused by a variety of factors, including hormonal changes, genetics, obesity and side effects from certain drugs.
Gynecomastia is characterized by excess fatty deposits and glandular tissue, and sometimes presents with excess breast skin. It may also be present in only one breast. The condition varies from puffy nipples to full-on, female-like breasts.
Good candidates for surgery
There are many criteria that make someone a good candidate for gynecomastia surgery. Physically healthy men who are of relatively normal weight, who don’t have serious medical conditions or diseases and are embarrassed by the appearance of their enlarged breasts, are candidates for surgery. Having a positive outlook and realistic expectations are crucial for a good surgical outcome.
This procedure often entails a combination of liposuction and excision of the fatty and glandular tissue. Excess skin may be removed, if necessary. Incisions are made on each side of the armpit area as well as along the lower aspect of the areola, where the color changes. These incisions are made so that scars can be easily hidden once healed.
Results will be immediately visible and will continue to improve as swelling subsides. To learn more about gynecomastia surgery and whether the procedure would be right for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Rick Silverman at our Boston office by calling (617) 965-9500. Dr. Silverman will perform a thorough exam and analyze your medical history to determine the potential causes of your condition.