Gynecomastia is a medical term that comes from the Greek words for “women-like breasts“. Though this oddly named condition is rarely talked about, it’s actually quite common. Gynecomastia affects an estimated 40 to 60percent of men. It may affect only one breast or both. Though certain drugs and medical problems have been linked with male breast overdevelopment, there is no known cause in the vast majority of cases.
For men who feel self-conscious about their appearance, breast-reduction surgery can help. The procedure removes fat and or glandular tissue from the breasts, and in extreme cases removes excess skin, resulting in a chest that is flatter, firmer, and better contoured.
If you’re considering surgery to correct gynecomastia, you should consult with Dr. John Anastasatos to give you a basic understanding of the procedure, when it can help, how it’s performed, and what results you can expect. A lot of factors depend on your individual circumstances. Please be sure to ask Dr. Anstasatos if there is anything about the procedure you don’t understand.