Gynecomastia is a less commonly discussed condition, but it affects 40 to 60 percent of men to some degree and typically begins in adolescence. The condition is characterized by excess skin, fat, and sometimes glandular tissue, in the breasts, giving them an enlarged appearance. Fat in this region may be difficult or impossible to eliminate even when maintaining a healthy lifestyle with a proper diet and regular exercise. If you experience anxiety about your appearance in public or during exercise due to your enlarged breasts, you may be a good candidate for this surgery. Gynecomastia can lead to a severe lack of self-esteem, and in some cases deep depression and psychological problems. Although the exact cause of gynecomastia is unknown, possible causes of the condition include:
- Natural aging and/or puberty
- Certain prescription medications
- Supplements containing testosterone additives
- Medications containing estrogen
- Klinefelter Sydrome
- Use of anabolic steroids
- Testicular hormone production irregularities
- Liver function problems
Surgery can help you achieve a re-contoured, more toned-looking chest area, and it may also significantly increase your self-confidence and lower anxiety during daily activities. Male breast reduction surgery is very effective at reducing the appeared of enlarged male breasts, and gynecomastia is not something a person just has to learn to live with. Good candidates for this surgery are often those who are not considered medically obese, and therefore, Dr. Zuckerman recommends that those who are above a maximum BMI lose weight through diet, exercise, and other traditional weight loss methods before undergoing gynecomastia correction surgery. It is also important that patients who undergo this surgery have enough skin elasticity to ensure adequate postoperative skin contraction. Consequently, those who have significant sun damage, are age fifty or older, or have undergone significant weight loss may not be good candidates. Dr. Zuckerman will discuss with you at your initial consultation after a brief physical exam if your skin elasticity is adequate to allow for a successful operation. Both excessive drinking of alcohol and smoking of marijuana have been studied as links to the underlying condition of gynecomastia. As a result, Dr. Zuckerman recommends you cease such activities for a period before undergoing male breast reduction surgery. If you are a male in good health and have reasonable expectations for your aesthetic appearance, you could be a good candidate for this surgery.
Dr. Zuckerman will meet with you in a private cosmetic surgery consultation in his office to discuss all aspects of male breast reduction surgery. At this initial consultation, he encourages you to any and ask questions you may have. He will discuss your concerns and will work with you to determine your candidacy to see if gynecomastia correction surgery can meet your ultimate goals.
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