Gynecomastia Causes and Correction

For men and boys who suffer from gynecomastia (excess breast tissue) their appearance can cause them significant stress and humiliation. Often, this problem can impact many facets of their personal lives and relationships.

Causes

Gynecomastia is largely unexplained, but there are some factors that come into play.

  • Sometimes hormonal imbalances result in the excess breast tissue that creates the feminine looking chest.
  • Some adolescent males suffer from temporary gynecomastia which resolves once hormone levels stabilize.
  • The use of steroids or marijuana can also contribute to this condition by altering the body’s hormonal balance.

Correction

I perform gynecomastia correction surgery for men who want a firmer, flatter, more masculine-looking chest. For many of them, the procedure is life-changing. At my practice in Scottsdale, liposuction is typically used to reduce bulk and re-contour the area. In almost all cases, some glandular tissue needs to be removed as well. This involves a small incision along the lower border of the areola (the dark circle of skin around the nipple). The areolar incision generally fades nicely, leaving almost undetectable scars in many patients. Most of my male breast reduction patients are thrilled with their results, and only regret that they didn’t have surgery sooner.

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