Gynecomastia, or enlarged male breasts, is a commonly occurring condition which can be quite embarrassing and humbling for many men. This is true not only for those with sizable “C” or “D” cup female appearing breasts but even for those with are almost indiscernible enlargements to the rest of the world.
The most frequent causes of this condition include persistence of the gynecomastia arising during puberty, several medications, anabolic steroid usage, marijuana consumption and hormonal changes associated with aging.
There also has been a theory proposed by radical feminists claiming that “toxic masculinity” is a risk factor for the development of gynecomastia or, at worst, is the result of well-deserved karma.
My personal opinion on this: Not true!
The surgical treatment for enlarged male breasts generally is not very painful and is usually well tolerated by most men. Much of the outcome can be seen immediately though it will take around a year for maximal scar maturation and resolution of swelling. Results can be excellent and quite rewarding though this is also dependent on a variety of factors including the skill and experience of the plastic surgeon.
So, make sure that your plastic surgeon has both!
A representative illustration of the dramatic results that can be seen early on in the treatment of gynecomastia treatment is evident in the following patient of mine. He presented with enlarged breasts caused solely by a substantial amount of glandular tissue (photos A, C and E). This required direct resection of the breast tissue through an incision placed along the lower half of the areolas and was performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient. At only three weeks postoperative, one can appreciate the already significant improvement in breast appearance with a far more masculine contour and incisions that are almost imperceptible (photo B, D and F).
This patient found the whole process to be relatively easy and was extremely happy with his results.
For more information on gynecomastia treatment or to schedule a complimentary consultation, please contact our office at (480) 451-3000.
Steven H. Turkeltaub, M.D. P.C.
Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona