Gynecomastia is the medical term for the swelling of the breast tissue in men and boys. This phenomenon, commonly referred to as “man boobs” can be addressed with surgery.
Abnormal breast development can occur in men at any age, though it primarily affects boys going through puberty. It is common for one side of the chest to be affected more dramatically than the other, but regardless, the phenomenon can cause embarrassment and self-esteem issues.
In most cases the cause of gynecomastia is “idiopathic,” that is the cause for the issue is not known. In these cases, the best treatment is generally some type of surgery. The type and extent of surgery depends on the amount of excess skin. Most boys and young men will have a firm “nubbin” of actual breast tissue under the nipple area which can be tender. Some may have some excess fat surrounding this breast tissue. In these cases a specialized form of liposuction can be performed to remove and sculpt the fat. The actual breast tissue needs to be removed surgically with a small curved incision following the outline below the nipple area. As men get older the breasts may become larger and with that comes extra skin. Surgery will differ depending on the amount of extra skin. The goal is to get a flatter chest without drooping skin. The only way to get rid of excess skin is by removing it. At Burbank Plastic Surgery we have experience taking care of every type of male breast issue from the simple to the very complex.
In rare cases, Gynecomastia can also be the result of weight gain and a side-effect of certain medical conditions. In these rare cases the underlying issues need to be addressed before advancing to surgical treatment. It is important to seek consultation with us to determine whether further investigation is required before surgical correction.