GYNECOMASTIA


 

Some men have fat on their chests that makes it look as though they have breasts. This is not gynecomastia, but is called pseudogynecomastia and may go away with diet or exercise. Some will need liposuction for this, as these fat pockets can be resistant to the effects of diet and exercise. While not a serious medical problem, enlarged breasts can cause pain. They can also cause embarrassment — especially among young boys who may be teased as a result of their male breasts.

Surgery, liposuction, or a combination of the two may be used to treat enlarged breasts. The reasons for surgery are two-fold in men: The first goal is to reconstruct the contour of the chest. The second goal is to determine if a suspicious lesion in the chest is cancerous. Enlargement typically occurs on both sides of the chest. The doctor will remove any excess fat, skin, or glandular tissue. Any scarring is usually small and inconspicuous, fading over time. In most cases, the cause is unknown. Sometimes it is an imbalance of the sex hormones estrogen and testosterone. But heredity conditions, diseases including certain endocrine disorders, tumors, and chronic diseases or certain drugs such as anti-depressants, blood-pressure medicines, marijuana, and steroids may also cause the condition. The use of the Harmonic® Scalpel during this surgery avoids the unnecessary removal of tissue that may cause a deformity. It also helps to reduce scarring, swelling and recovery time.

*individual results may vary

Individual results may vary

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