Gynecomastia Correction Surgery on the Rise

Posted January 15, 2013 by Paul M. Parker, M.D., FACS

JanetEnlarged breast tissue in men is a condition known as gynecomastia and has been thought to affect up to 40-percent of males. Gynecomastia is most often caused by hormonal changes and usually begins in puberty. Patients often find the situation resolves itself when hormones level out. A small number of cases, however, are caused by rare conditions or may be a side effect of some prescription drugs.

While gynecomastia is a very common condition, most men feel a more emotional than physical effect from the condition. Embarrassment, shame and hiding behind bulky clothing is how many men deal with the problem. Some men try to fix this problem with diet and exercise. But in many instances, heavy chest workouts may appear to increase the problem by toning muscle and making the chest appear even larger.

No amount of diet and exercise can correct gynecomastia, and plastic surgery is the only way to fully resolve the condition. Many more men have been having this corrective surgery as the stigma of plastic surgery, and especially male plastic surgery, has lessened over the years. Although the majority of men don’t want to talk about their condition, after the surgery they are thrilled to never have to think about the problem again.

The top five cosmetic procedures for men are rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery, liposuction, breast reduction, and hair transplants. Estimates vary, but men represent anywhere from 10 to 35-percent of all plastic surgery patients. Men are taking cues from the women in their lives to look as good as they feel, stay competitive in the job market, and feel better about themselves.

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