We’ve all heard the term “man boobs,” but did you know it has a medical name? Gynecomastia is the medical term for enlarged male breasts. It is believed that anywhere from 40-60% of men deal with this condition at some point in their lives. It is more common than patients realize, and it can have a negative impact on a man’s self-esteem. To address this concern, many patients reach out to a board-certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Charlotte Ann Rhee to discuss the benefits of procedures such as male breast reduction.
What causes gynecomastia?
It is a common misconception that gynecomastia is caused by weight gain. While this can happen, patients with slimmer figures may still deal with this condition. During the teenage years, many boys experience gynecomastia to some degree. This is caused by puberty and the changing hormone levels. However, once puberty completes, many boys no longer deal with gynecomastia. However, for some men, the issue continues well into adulthood. The primary causes of gynecomastia may include:
- Excessive weight gain
- Hormonal changes/shifts
- Certain medications (antibiotics, anti-anxiety medications, and steroids)
- Heavy drinking
- Marijuana use
- Genetic predisposition
What is done during male breast reduction?
The male breast reduction procedure as performed by Dr. Charlotte Ann Rhee typically involves liposuction, during which excess fat is removed. She may also make incisions to manually remove breast tissue as well, giving a tighter chest and improved contour to the upper body. To avoid obvious and noticeable scarring, she will perform the surgery by making incisions in areas where scarring may be disguised, such as the armpit area or around the areolae.
Do you struggle with excess fat and breast tissue in the chest?
Men of any age who are unhappy with gynecomastia may want to learn more about the male breast reduction surgery available at the practice of Dr. Charlotte Ann Rhee. Her facility, located at 257 East Jericho Turnpike, offers this and many other body procedures for men and women. Call (631) 424-6707 to request a consultation visit at her facility and learn about the benefits of working with a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon in the community of Huntington Station, NY.