What is Gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia Show Low, AZGynecomastia (overdevelopment of male breasts) is a common condition characterized by an excess of localized fat and/or glandular tissue in the breast.

Causes of Gynecomastia

Gynecomastia is sometimes caused by disease, hormonal changes, heredity or certain medications, although, in most cases, its cause is unknown. It can occur in one or both breasts and can affect babies, preteens, teenagers and grown men.

Symptoms of Gynecomastia

Symptoms of gynecomastia include enlarged breasts, breasts that feel rubbery or firm and, in young boys, nickel- or quarter-sized breast “buds.” Breast buds are common in adolescents and tend to go away on their own.

Gynecomastia Treatment

Gynecomastia Show Low, AZ

As long as breast development is complete, plastic surgery can be used to treat gynecomastia that is not caused by disease or medication. Treatment choices include liposuction or surgery, or a combination of the two; which technique is chosen depends on the amount and type of tissue in the breasts.

If the breasts consist mostly of fatty tissue, liposuction can be used to suction out fat through incisions made in the nipples or underarm areas. For breasts with an excessive amount of glandular tissue, excision surgery, which requires cutting away excess fat, skin and tissue, can be performed. This requires a larger incision than is used with liposuction.

Gynecomastia Surgery Recovery

The recovery time for Gynecomastia surgery varies from patient to patient but usually is about 4 to 6 weeks.

Risks of Gynecomastia Surgery

All surgical procedures come with risks, while uncommon, gynecomastia surgery risks include:

  • Bleeding
  • Breast asymmetry
  • Infection
  • Pain
  • Possibility of revision surgery
  • Scarring

During your consultation, Dr. Olack will discuss all the possible risks associated with his surgery.

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Call Olack Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery today at 928-537-6767 to schedule your free consultation with our skilled technicians.

*Individual results vary. Seek medical advice before starting any treatment.

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