Gynecomastia can be a result of actual breast gland growth or fatty infiltration of the male breast area. There is often no known cause for gynecomastia, although there have been some correlations with various drugs and medical conditions. Transient gynecomastia is also a common phenomenon during puberty.
Men who feel self-conscious about their appearance can be helped with breast reduction surgery. The options for treatment are multiple and it is important to have a comprehensive consultation with an experienced Plastic Surgeon to reach the right treatment decision for you.
Liposuction only, breast gland excision and full breast reduction( subcutaneous mastectomy) are all possible treatment options depending on the degree of tissue enlargement and the amount of excess skin. The result is a more contoured chest that is flatter and firmer. Treatment decisions are best individualized as each case presents different findings.
Liposuction method requires insertion of a cannula, a thin hollow tube, through several small incisions. The cannula is moved back and forth in a controlled motion to loosen the excess fat, which is then removed from the body by vacuum suction.
Subcutaneous mastectomy is recommended where glandular breast tissue or excess skin must be removed to correct gynecomastia. This method also is necessary if the areola will be reduced, or the nipple repositioned to a more natural male contour.
During your consultation with Dr. Mirabolfathi, a discussion will take place regarding your particular anatomy, degree of excess skin and desired outcome. A treatment decision will be made with you to best match your desired outcome and scar limitations.