Gynecomastia can occur in young, middle-aged, and older men due to a number of things. It is most commonly due to weight changes or persistent breast tissue growth during puberty but can be due to medications among other things. It can be painful. Treatment options vary depending on the clinical situation. Examination of the patient helps define the cause. When examining the patient, one looks to see if the tissue is either breast or fatty tissue or a combination of both. We also determine whether the patient has skin excess.
Treatment options include liposuction and in some cases surgical excision of the excess tissue and skin through larger incisions. Recovery varies depending on the procedure and ranges from a couple of days to a couple of weeks.
If you have gynecomastia it is important that you see a board certified plastic surgeon with expertise in male contouring. ASAPS members are board certified with a clinical focus in cosmetic surgery.