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"A man with a very trim physique is shown without a shirt."

After Gynecomastia Surgery

Many guys go to a cosmetic plastic surgeon, embarrassed about their large, fleshy female-like breasts wanting their “man boobs” reduced. They also usually have a few things on their collective mind, such as

  • Causes

Gynecomastia often starts in puberty when a teen has either too much
female hormone or his breast glands react abnormally to the
hormone already in his system. Male breast reduction surgeons say

they can feel a rubbery ring of  extremely dense breast tissue just under patients’nipples.

  • Drugs & Diseases

Gynecomastia’s causes can often be traced to the following, among other factors:

  • Alcoholism
  • Street and prescription drug side effects or
  • An undiagnosed medical condition

For instance, Kleinfelter syndrome often causes large male breasts.
Gynecomastia surgery is often done to help Kleinfelter sufferers
cope with their social lives. (Read more about Kleinfelter and male breast reduction.)

Marijuana, heroin and bodybuilding steroids can also produce gynecomastia. Diseases like chronic liver disease and Gilbert’s Syndrome or surgical procedures like castration can also be responsible.

  • Overweight

Some teens and men hate their large breasts so much, they gain large
amounts of weight to better mask it. But the much-hated breasts will also grow. The
problem is compounded because chest skin has been stretched beyond its ability to
spring back again. If the patient does have surgery, he will
also have to have skin removal and that increases scarring.

  • “Man boob” behavior

Almost all gynecomastia patients try to hide their breasts by donning bulky sweatshirts,
jackets and other heavy clothes – even in hot weather. They also avoid swimming pools and
beaches while never appearing shirtless, even in the most intimate moments. Junior high
“shirts and skins” basketball games are a nightmare to these guys.

  • Gynecomastia treatments

Medical experts know that surgery is the only effective treatment for gynecomastia. Nonetheless, a sea of ads offering “special” creams, pills, herbs, electronic gizmos and other bogus cures are often seen on the Internet and in print ads. True gynecomastia can’t be liposuctioned away… although some liposuction of the chest is usually part of male breast reduction surgery.

  • How many have it?

According to, the condition is very common with anywhere from 40 to 60 percent of younger and mature men and teens afflicted with it. During 2010, The American Society Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) counted 18,210 male breast reductions performed in the U.S.

Look at some gynecomastia surgery before and after pictures.

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