Gynecomastia

malebreastsMany of us have heard colorful terms to describe abnormally large breasts in men.  The condition is formally known as Gynecomastia.  It is common in both men and boys; particularly in newborns, pubescent boys, and the elderly.  Abnormally large male breasts can be hereditary or the result of steroid use.

While the diagnosis of Gynecomastia isn’t typically serious, it can be difficult both psychologically and socially. Approximately 1 in 18 males is affected by Gynecomastia.  That is about 15 million men in the United States alone!

         While most cases of Gynecomastia resolve on their own, many severe cases persist. Since the condition is caused by extra breast tissue, neither exercise nor weight loss will improve the situation. The treatment options offered at Lawton Plastic Surgery for patients with Gynecomastia are liposuction, excisional surgery, and mastectomy.

Liposuction is used to correct the contours caused by excess fat. Excisional surgery shapes the chest by removing excess glandular tissue. Mastectomy is reserved for conditions involving excess skin, fat, and breast tissue.  Since Gynecomastia is so common, it is no surprise that many male celebrities have been affected by the condition. Recently, comedic actor Jack Black has admitted he suffers from this condition.

If you believe you might be suffering from Gynecomastia, contact Lawton Plastic Surgery Today to see if you are a good candidate for male breast reduction. Dr. Lawton will be happy to speak with you and schedule an initial consultation.