Gynecomastia is a medical term that comes from the Greek words
for "woman-like breasts." Though this oddly named
condition is rarely talked about, its actually quite common.
Gynecomastia affects an estimated 40 to 60 percent 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
The best candidates for gynecomastia correction
Surgery to correct gynecomastia can be performed on healthy,
emotionally stable men of any age. The best candidates for surgery
have firm, elastic skin that will reshape to the bodys
Surgery may be discouraged for obese men, or for overweight
men who have not first attempted to correct the problem with
exercise or weight loss. Also, individuals who drink alcoholic
beverages in excess or smoke marijuana are usually not considered
good candidates for surgery. These drugs, along with anabolic
steroids, may cause gynecomastia. Therefore, patients are first
directed to stop the use of these drugs to see if the breast
fullness will diminish before surgery is considered an option.
MEN AND COSMETIC SURGERY....
Our society places a high value on looking young and
fit. Today, men of all ages and all walks of life are requesting
plastic surgery for cosmetic reasons. Mens goals include
a more balanced nose, a rejuvenated face, a trimmer waistline.
The procedures used to achieve these goals must take into consideration
factors such as skin thickness, beard growth, or body type.
Good communication between you and Dr. Gillian is essential
when planning your surgery. In your initial consultation, youll
be asked to explain in detail why you want the procedure and
how you hope to look and feel afterward. Its important
to set aside any awkwardness you might feel, and speak candidly
about the changes youd like to see. You should feel completely
assured that you and Dr. Gillian understand one another.
Dr. Gillian will also evaluate your health, conduct a physical
exam, take preoperative photographs, and explain which surgical
techniques are most appropriate for you. Youll discuss
the type of anesthesia to be used, the type of facility where
the surgery will be performed, the possible risks, and the costs
Above all, its important to have realistic expectations
about your surgery. Remember, Dr. Gillian and offer significant
improvement, but not perfection. Keep in mind that your age
and health may play a role in the quality of the outcome.