The appearance of overly large breasts in men is a relatively common condition that affects males both young and old. Although the term “gynecomastia” is generally used in reference to this aesthetic concern, the condition may more specifically be considered “pseudogynecomastia” if the underlying cause of the enlarged breasts is excess fat.
In true gynecomastia, abnormally large male breasts are primarily comprised of excess glandular tissue. This accumulation of extra tissue often starts developing during puberty as a result of hormonal changes, and it tends to resolve on its own for many individuals. When true gynecomastia does not resolve on its own, the most effective treatment is typically direct excision of the glandular tissue.
In contrast to true gynecomastia, the chief cause of pseudogynecomastia is an accumulation of fat in the breasts that causes a noticeable enlargement. While specific exercises and weight lifting techniques may be able to help some males tone and sculpt the chest to improve the appearance of this condition, the most effective treatment for eliminating the manifestations of pseudogynecomastia is generally fat removal with liposuction. Sometimes the differentiation between the two can’t be fully determined until surgery.
In my experience, both types of gynecomastia are very common. Whether the treatment for male breast reduction is by direct excision of the glandular tissue, liposuction of fat or a combination of both, the vast majority of men experience a significant increase in the self-confidence and esteem that typically accompanies a more masculine appearing chest.
– Dr. Steven H. Turkeltaub, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
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In light of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, we would like to let you know of some of the major precautions we are taking in our office to maximize cleanliness and keep the environment as sanitary and safe as possible. Our highest priority is always to ensure the safety of every individual who sees us and we are taking extreme infection-control measures to maintain cleanliness and “sterility” of surfaces and the overall environment.
We will be limiting dates and times for office appointments and consultations due to safety and other issues. Consequently, if you have already made an office appointment or consultation prior to March 18, 2020 to occur at a later time, this may need to be changed.
For anyone considering plastic surgery, we are now offering Virtual Consultations and Telemedicine through Skype. A great number of aesthetic or insurance-related issues can be evaluated via pictures and online video conferencing, making this an excellent way to find out more about particular procedures, determine candidacy for treatment, receive answers to questions and facilitate being able to move forward with care once the government lifts all restrictions.
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