Gynecomastia- Types, Procedure and Requirements

Gynecomastia is a medical condition characterized by the overdevelopment of the breasts in males. Man boobs as they are often referred to can be due to either too much estrogen, female hormone, or due to having too little amount of testosterone, which is a male hormone. Two of these conditions can stimulate the breast glandular tissues that develop a swelling that look like an enlarged breast. Other factors that contribute to this condition are hormonal imbalances, usage of drugs and steroids and hereditary traits.

Today, more and more males are opting for the treatment of Gynecomastia. Because male breast enlargement inflicts psychological stress to the patient.

Types

There are two types of male breast enlargement:

  • Gynecomastia: Gynecomastia is the enlargement of the mammary glands in males.
  • Pseudogynecomastia: Pseudogynecomastia is caused by accumulation of body fats in the chest area, causing male breasts to enlarge.

Treatment

Liposuction is one option for those suffering from gynecomastia. It is an outpatient procedure and usually requires general anesthesia. The procedure is performed by making small incisions in the skin of the breast area. Through these incisions, a very thin metal tube called a cannula is inserted. The fat and tissues are sucked out from the area, and the chest area is resculpted.

The procedure usually involves minimal pain. The pain depends on the amount of fatty tissue being removed. It takes two to three weeks following the procedure before the patient can resume strenuous activity or heavy lifting. It is recommended that the patient wear compression garments for a period of three to four weeks to assist in healing.

Apart from liposuction, minimally Invasive reduction surgery or surgical resection are also used for treating gynecomastia, depending on the severity of the condition. This involves surgical removal of the excess tissue through larger incision sites than those used for liposuction.

Good candidate for the surgery

The surgery is not advisable for obese patients as the probability of recurrence may be increased. Patients are also advised not to take anabolic steroids, recreational drugs, certain medications, cigarette and marijuana smoking as these are factors which can contribute to the formation of gynecomastia. Patients with endocrine disorders, kidney disease, hyperthyroidism, hormonal imbalance, tumors, and other medical conditions are advised to first deal with the medical issue before scheduling surgery.

Prospective patients should consult a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon. In Atlanta Georgia contact Dr Edwin Pound at 404-256-1400 and make an appointment to meet Dr Pound. Dr. Pound will be happy to explain the procedure as well as the risks and benefits of gynecomastia surgery.