Gynecomastia is a condition characterized by overdeveloped breast tissue in men. It may appear in the form of excess fat and/or glandular tissue. If you have a large amount of these tissues, they may even stretch the skin on your chest and cause skin laxity. Your areolas may also stretch and increase in size.
Gynecomastia can affect you no matter how old you are, and it may affect just one breast or both. While there are various causes, it is most commonly a result of genetics, weight gain, changes in hormone levels or using certain drugs.
If you suffer from gynecomastia, you may be embarrassed to take your shirt off or wear tighter-fitting shirts that show the contours of your chest. This significantly limits your ability to do the things you want in life, such as enjoying your time at the beach or pool and even being intimate with a partner. It also limits your wardrobe options and can lead you to wear baggier styles than you’d prefer.
If you are bothered by the shape and size of your male breasts, gynecomastia surgery is a great option to consider for restoring more masculine chest contours.
How Is Gynecomastia Surgery Performed?
Gynecomastia surgery, also called male breast reduction, is a plastic surgery option for men who want a firmer, flatter chest. Enlarged or overdeveloped breasts can be corrected by various methods depending on the type of excess tissue in your chest.
If fat is the primary tissue type causing your female-like breasts, liposuction alone may be able to treat your condition. A small hollow tube is placed through tiny incisions and used to suction out the unwanted fat cells.
If you have enlarged glandular breast tissue, surgical excision is needed to remove it. Loose skin and enlarged areolas will also need to be surgically removed. The incision pattern for your surgery will be based on the type and location of your excess breast tissue, but the most common incisions are around the areolas or along the underside of the breast. These result in inconspicuous scars that blend well with the natural contours of the chest.