Gynecomastia

Male breast enlargement, a condition called gynecomastia, is much more common most people realize; about half of the population may experience this condition.  Gynecomastia can also result in self-consciousness, particularly when you are not wearing a shirt.  Fortunately, this problem can be improved with an outpatient procedure.

What is Gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia is an abnormal medical condition associated with too much male breast tissue.  It regularly begins during puberty and goes away on its own in the early 20s.  However, this condition will persist for some throughout their lives.

Several potential causes of gynecomastia:

  • Weight gain
  • Hereditary traits
  • Hormonal changes
  • Medications and drugs, including steroids
  • Health conditions such as kidney or liver failure, tumors, and hypogonadism
  • Dietary supplements

Am I a Good Candidate for Gynecomastia Surgery?

Before we decide whether gynecomastia surgery is right for you, you must be sure that your condition is not related to the use of medications or other significant health issues.  Sometimes the treatment of medical problems or changing your medications may correct the problem without surgery.

You may want to improve your diet and exercise pattern before considering surgery.  Often the condition can be resolved by maintaining a healthy body weight.  If these factors are not causing your breast enlargement, you may be a good candidate for gynecomastia surgery.  Candidates share the following traits:

  • In good overall health
  • Not significantly overweight
  • Good skin tone and elasticity
  • Have realistic expectations regarding the outcome of the surgery

Your Male Breast Reduction Procedure

During the male breast reduction procedure, excess fat and glandular tissue will be removed to create a masculine appearance.  Depending on your specific concerns, the surgery may include the following techniques:

  • Surgical excision of the glandular tissue
  • Removal of the excess skin
  • Repositioning of the nipple
  • Liposuction

Why Choose Dr. Landis?

Dr. Landis is a board certified plastic surgeon with more than 25 years of experience performing gynecomastia surgery.  He understands patients’ self-consciousness about this condition; Dr. Landing provides understanding and compassionate care that respects your privacy and concerns during the treatment process.

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