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Gynecomastia is the enlargement of tissue in the male breast area, making the breasts appear more feminine than masculine in form. This condition of fatty tissue is common in young teens and older men and can often cause a great deal of embarrassment for men. Because of the appearance, gynecomastia often deters a man from taking off his shirt in front of others or even wearing a thin t-shirt. There are ways to manage this problem and rid men of the unwanted extra tissue on the chest. Once a definable medical reason is ruled out, surgical techniques can be applied very effectively to remove the breast fullness.
What causes gynecomastia?
There are dozens of known contributing factors to the development of gynecomastia. Commonly, obesity is a major influence upon the development of excess breast tissue. Many prescribed medications cause gynecomastia. Alcohol, marijuana, or steroid abuse may create the problem. Many medical illnesses such as thyroid disease, renal failure, and even several tumors may be the etiology of gynecomastia. It is important that you are evaluated by your primary care physician prior to considering a surgical removal of the unwanted tissue.
Should gynecomastia be treated surgically in adolescents?
No. Once a treatable illness or medication is ruled out as the cause, the adolescent should be observed as it will usually resolve on its own as he matures and teen hormones balance.
What techniques are used to remove the breast tissue?
The techniques employed to treat gynecomastia depend upon the quality and quantity of excess tissue and skin. Most often, tumescent liposuction can remove the breast tissue and fat, and the skin rebounds back against the chest wall. If the breast tissue is too dense and firm, occasionally a small incision hidden around the areola is necessary in order to remove or tighten tissue in this area.
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What is the recovery period?
This depends upon the procedure performed. In the case of liposuction, a compression garment is worn at all times for two weeks followed by another two weeks while the patient is active. Discomfort will gradually dissipate over several days, but cyclic swelling and lumpiness may persist for many months. You will be off pain medication and back to non-strenuous work after a few days. Within a few weeks, normal activity can be resumed.
Vero Cosmetic is conveniently located in Vero Beach, FL at 1255 37th Street in suite D, on the west side of Indian River Medical Center. Please schedule a personal consultation to learn what a gynecomastia can do for you. Simply call 772.562.2400 or request your consultation online.