The medical term for Man Boobs is Gynecomastia. Since most men prefer to have a flat, masculine chest, Gynecomastia is usually problematic and a source of embarrassment. There are several methods of Gynecomastia Reduction, because gynecomastia presents in different ways.
What Is Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is the development of excessive, but normal breast tissue on the male chest. It is benign, firm and almost rubbery to the touch. It can be sensitive or painless, and it is located behind the nipple areolar complex. Development is usually bilateral and often asymmetrical.
Although rare, men account for 1% of all breast cancer patients, so hard, unilateral breast lumps need to be removed and sent to pathology for diagnosis.
How Is Gynecomastia Treated?
Since Gynecomastia is benign, it does not have to be treated, but elective treatment is common, and the result is very satisfying. The typical reasons for treatment include discomfort and embarrassment due to obvious breast fullness both in and out of clothing.
Gynecomastia Treatment is surgical. Wearing compression shirts can help disguise male breast fullness in clothing, but they are hot, uncomfortable and minimally effective. There are no medications to shrink breast tissue, although some medications can cause male breast enlargement.
Gynecomastia Reduction Surgical Options
There are two main surgical options for reducing the male chest: Liposuction and Glandular Excision.
Liposuction is best for soft, global breast enlargement caused primarily by fatty tissue. The advantage of liposuction is small discrete scars that can be placed off the breasts. Excision, however, is required in the majority of Gynecomastia Cases.
Glandular Excision is performed to remove the firm, glandular tissue located beneath the nipples. Incisions are made along the lower aspect of the areolae for direct access to the surgical site.
Gynecomastia Reduction Consultations
Gynecomastia Reduction is one of the most common procedures I perform. If you are concerned with the appearance of your chest and would like to learn more about your options, call (925) 943-6353 today, to schedule a private and informative consultation appointment in my San Francisco Bay Area Plastic Surgery office.