Male Breast Reduction


In the UK the terms ‘manboobs’ or ‘moobs’ have become commonplace over the last decade or so and have developed humorous connotations. Of course, suffering from ‘gynecomastia’  is no laughing matter. Many sufferers incur enormous social embarrassment and psychological distress. It may also be in indication of underlying medical issues, which should be investigated.

 male breast reduction

During adolescence male breasts can experience a degree of over development, primarily before the age of twenty-one. At this time gynecomastia can be treated as a normal, transient stage. If it is excessive however, or lasts beyond two years then a patient should be evaluated. In a pre-pubertal patient it can indicate the presence of a testicular tumour.

That said, it may also be associated with various endocrine disorders including:

  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Pituitary disorders
  • Benign and malignant adrenal tumours, or
  • Testicular tumours

Breast enlargement in an adult male may simply be an excess of fatty tissue (pseudogynecomastia), a combination of fatty and mammary tissue or the result of massive weight loss.

Gynecomastia is also seen in patients receiving hormonal treatments (such as oestrogen for prostate cancer and may be associated with liver diseases such as cirrhosis. It is also common with sufferers of Klinefelters Syndrome (47XXY) and in this instance may lead to a raised chance of breast cancer.

To take a trivial example, which of us ever undertakes laborious physical exercise, except to obtain some advantage from it? But who has any right to find fault with a man who chooses to enjoy a pleasure that has no annoying consequences, or one who avoids a pain that produces no resultant pleasure.

If you are at all concerned about gynecomastia I would always recommended medical evaluation.

As mentioned – regardless of the cause of gynecomastia, sufferers can experience severe psychological distress, particularly during adolescence, which is an abnormally critical emotional period. With self-image playing an increasingly important role in today’s World gynecomastia can be debilitatingly embarrassing. Fortunately it can be virtually eliminated by Gynecoplasty – a surgical procedure which involves only a brief period of hospitalisation.

Gynecoplasty involves an incision just inside the pigmented area of the areola to allow the removal of large amounts of breast tissue, fat and occasionally excess skin. The nipple is not disturbed. It is a simple procedure and the incision generally heals remarkably well, and scars are hardly noticeable.

If you would like more information on gynecoplasty or any other aesthetic plastic or cosmetic surgery please contact me via my website here  or via the links below.

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