Gynecomastia (also spelt gynaecomastia) is the enlargement of a man’s breasts. Technically speaking, this is due to hormonal imbalances or hormonal therapy. However, the colloquial name for this is “man boobs,” a term also used for excess fatty tissue in male breasts due to overweight or obesity. Usually though, it simply describes what is mostly a genetic distribution of fat.
Depending on the reason for your enlarged male breasts, treatment will vary.
Enlarged male breasts (man boobs) due to excess fat
If you have extra fatty tissue on your breast due to overweight or obesity, Dr Feldman can easily perform liposuction to successfully flatten your chest wall.
True gynaecomastia (hormonally based)
Gynaecomastia is caused by hormonal issues and must be treated by a doctor or endocrinologist. You may be prescribed medications to eliminate symptoms or remedy your condition. Additionally, you may require surgical intervention.
Often, even if there is some (hormonal) breast tissue accompanying the excess fatty tissue, liposuction is all that is required. Once Dr Feldman removes the fat through liposuction, the patient is left with a normal male chest wall contour and is very satisfied with the results.
Occasionally, even after liposuction, a gynecomastia patient may find they are left with a little too much glandular tissue and opt to have this surgically removed. (Glandular tissue cannot be removed by liposuction) In such cases, Dr Feldman can refer you to an appropriate surgeon to perform the procedure.
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