If you are a man who suffers from enlarged breasts, or gynecomastia, then you may feel embarrassment and avoid certain physical activities. You don’t have to live with gynecomastia. It’s important to meet with your doctor to see if you do have gynecomastia or another condition causing the breast enlargement and explore non-surgical and surgical treatments to correct it.
Read on to learn about 10 things you should know about gynecomastia.
- This condition is characterized by excess localized fat, excess glandular tissue development and excess breast skin in some cases. It can be present in one or both breasts.
- About 40 percent of the male population has over-developed or enlarged breasts, usually affecting boys going through puberty and middle-age and older men.
- Hormonal imbalance is often to blame, but heredity, weight gain, steroid use, certain medications and medical conditions and other issues may be to blame.
- Candidates for surgery include men whose condition can’t be corrected through non-surgical treatments.
- Men who are in good overall health, with no life-threatening illnesses or medical conditions that impact healing, who have a positive outlook and realistic expectations for the outcome of surgery, are good candidates.
- Candidates for surgery should be non-smokers and don’t use drugs.
- Treatment may consist of liposuction alone to remove excess fatty tissue. Surgery is often a combination of liposuction and excision of breast tissue, and may involve reducing the size and shape of the areola, which is the dark area of skin surrounding the nipple.
- Incisions are made around the areola so that the healed scar may be hidden.
- After surgery, patients will go home with bandages and support garments placed over the breasts to minimize swelling and support the new contour.
- Recovery isn’t difficult. Many patients return to work and regular activities after a week, but should avoid strenuous exercise for several weeks.
If you believe you have gynecomastia and want to learn more, call 309-323-8120 to set up a consultation in our Bloomington office.