What is Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is a condition characterized by an increase in breast gland volume in men, usually due to estrogen and testosterone imbalance. In most cases, it affects both breasts, but size increases can be uneven.
Gynecomastia is not a serious medical problem. However, some men find living with the condition emotionally challenging and seek cosmetic interventions to get rid of it.
Gynecomastia can be embarrassing and stressful. When gynecomastia affects young boys, it can lead to episodes of bullying. Locker room teasing can lead to trauma that continues to affect them in adulthood.
Male Breast Reduction for Gynecomastia
Male breast reduction is a cosmetic intervention that seeks to eliminate gynecomastia surgically. Dr. Lawton will usually recommend this procedure if other methods, such as weight loss or medication changes, do not work.
Male breast reductions rely on two main types of intervention: liposuction and mastectomy.
Liposuction removes fatty tissue around the breast, but not breast gland tissue, while mastectomy actually removes the breast gland tissue itself.
Which you receive depends on your type of breast enlargement. Dr. Lawton may recommend a combination approach if you have both fatty deposits and excessive breast gland tissue. Of the two, mastectomy tends to be the less invasive because it relies on making small incisions in the breast.