Gynecomastia is defined as a feminine like appearance of the male breasts, meaning, more specifically, enlargement of the male breast. Gynecomastia can be related to hormones. While common in one’s teenage years, gynecomastia frequently resolves on its own as one grows into adulthood. Most cases of gynecomastia in adult men, however, are not related to hormones. It is usually a result of an individual having more breast tissue or more fat in the chest. Gynecomastia is not a disease – some men just naturally have larger breasts than other men.
A common treatment approach to gynecomastia is liposuction. Liposuction can effectively remove the fatty component of the tissue. While liposuction doesn’t remove breast tissue, it can and does contribute to the reduction in breast size.
If liposuction is determined to be the most effective treatment approach for the patient, he will undergo one hour of liposuction under either IV sedation or local anesthesia (though IV sedation is the most likely course of action). Post-op, the patient will wear a compression garment and can resume normal activity, including exercise after 2-4 weeks. Bruising is resolved after 2-4 weeks, and, like other liposuction procedures, swelling resolves approximately after two months.
Another approach to gynecomastia treatment is reduction by CoolSculpting, a noninvasive procedure that has been proven to elicit great results in treating gynecomastia. On average, patients tend to see a 10-15% reduction in breast size* after one rounds of treatment. (please note: individual results may vary)
Other Gynecomastia Treatment Options
Though Dr. Rapaport strives to treat gynecomastia with the least invasive treatment possible, sometimes it is not enough. When a significant portion of breast tissue is present, an open procedure may be performed. This involves an incision at the lower border of the areolus (the lower fold of breast).
Dr. Rapaport has been treating gynecomastia for 25 years and he knows that treatment depends on a variety of factors, including the diagnosis and how much of the problem is fat versus breast tissue. At the time of your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Rapaport, the best course of individualized treatment for your gynecomastia is will be determined.
Actual Gynecomastia Patients Before & After Treatment
If you have questions regarding treatment options, or would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Rapaport, please call 212.249.9955 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.