Gynecomastia (male breast enlargement) is a relatively common condition that occurs most frequently in adolescent boys. When seen at this age, gynecomastia frequently resolves on its own within a few years. However, when the condition is present in adulthood, this spontaneous resolution is uncommon. Certain medications and hormonal abnormalities can cause male gynecomastia, but the vast majority of cases have no discernible cause.
Most men with this condition are very self-conscious and go to great lengths to hide it. Many are reluctant to go shirtless, feel uncomfortable at the gym, and tend to wear shirts that are too large.
Gynecomastia can be treated with liposuction or Smartlipo™ if the majority of the fullness is related to fatty tissue alone. However, in cases where a lot of firm, fibrous glandular tissue is present, direct surgical excision may be required. This can usually be performed using a small incision within the pigmented areola.
For overweight men with this condition, it is ideal to lose excess weight before considering surgery.
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