Excess male breast tissue is embarrassing, but men who keep their chests hidden under shirts, for this reason, are not alone. Enlarged breasts in men is a condition called gynecomastia and is estimated to affect 40 – 60% of men in the United States. Often the characteristic is genetic, but it can manifest with the aging process or through prolonged use of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, and certain drugs like steroids.
The physical abnormality of breast overdevelopment in men typically creates a variety of related emotional issues. Men with gynecomastia tend to be extremely self-conscious about the trait. In some cases, it may cause anxiety in social or intimate situations and can have a detrimental effect on confidence.
The good news is that surgical removal of excess breast tissue can eliminate the problem and help restore a positive self-image. During a surgical procedure, Dr. Robert Aycock will gently remove excess fatty tissue, glandular tissue, and excess skin if needed. Liposuction is the primary tissue removal method used to achieve an even, natural-looking contour.
Results can be permanent assuming the patient does not experience significant weight gain. Fitness measures including pectoral exercises will help maintain tone and prevent the return of localized fat deposits. Gynecomastia should not be used as a weight loss tool for men who have not attempted breast reduction through healthy diet and exercise.
You can learn more about a surgical solution and view an online presentation on Dr. Ayock’s gynecomastia page. Or, feel free to contact Dr. Aycock at (925) 727-3337 to set up a gynecomastia surgery consultation.