Men, Let’s Talk about Gynecomastia!

A plastic surgeon knows very well that a person’s appearance influences their sense of self-confidence. One cannot create the other. However, the two are closely related. For example, men who have enlarged breasts often suffer low self-confidence and embarrassment. They often report that they try to hide their shape with either compression garments or under very loose clothing that then makes them appear larger than they are. The condition in which a man has enlarged breasts is called gynecomastia. It can feel like a losing game, one that a man cannot win through diet and exercise. However, it is possible to treat gynecomastia. Here, we discuss how.

Understanding Gynecomastia

Male breast enlargement has frequently been associated with excess weight. This unfortunate misperception has caused unnecessary distress for many men. It has led men to focus on exercise as a solution to breast enlargement. Some drastically alter their diet in hopes of reshaping their body. This perception also lays blame on the individuals who are affected by gynecomastia, causing emotional harm. Weight may affect the shape and volume of the breasts, yes, but it is not the cause of true gynecomastia.

Scientists believe that genetics and hormones are the primary influencers of gynecomastia. Specifically, men affected by gynecomastia may have an imbalance between testosterone and estrogen. Both are necessary for optimal wellness but there are obvious concerns regarding an overproduction of estrogen in the male body. In addition to genetic hormone imbalance, several medications have been identified as potential contributing factors for gynecomastia. In some cases, a man may address the underlying cause and see an improvement. However, many require surgery to remove the excess breast tissue and gland that are involved in overgrowth.

Gynecomastia correction surgery may differ somewhat from one man to another. In some cases, it is sufficient to perform liposuction to remove excess fatty tissue. Some men require excisional surgery to remove the breast gland, as the denser glandular tissue may contribute to puffiness around the nipple or tissue expansion. In cases of substantial breast enlargement and skin laxity, a type of breast lift may also be performed to trim loose and saggy skin. Ultimately, the procedure that is customized for each patient is designed to restore masculine contours that improve confidence and quality of life.

Male breast enlargement is not your fault. It is a common condition caused by several factors. To learn more about gynecomastia surgery, schedule a consultation with Dr. Rosenthal at 408-840-2553.