Gynecomastia is a medical term used to describe enlarged male breast tissue. Between the ages of 11 and 14, 40% of all boys experience the condition; by age 16, it affects only 15%. While in young adulthood gynecomastia is caused by hormonal changes during puberty, in men, it may be the result of hormonal changes or medications. Most often, however, no cause is found. The enlargement may be seen in one or both mammary glands and affects the tissue immediately beneath the nipple/areolar area.
The procedure is conducted in a similar manner to that of a female breast reduction. In men, specifically, an incision is made around the lower half of the areola or through an incision under the arm. Through this incision, excess fat and breast tissue is removed. Liposuction may be used to remove excess fat and aid in contouring. If the tissue to be removed is primarily fat cells, rather than breast grandular tissue, liposuction may be the only process utilized.
Mammary gland reduction is most often performed under general anesthesia, but may also be done with local anesthesia with IV sedation.
Following the procedure, patients are most often required to wear an elastic pressure garment for one to two weeks and avoid
strenuous physical activity for approximately three weeks. Common side effects include bleeding, swelling and decreased sensitivity.
Price Range: Approximately $5000 if done cosmetically