What is Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is a term used to describe when the male chest becomes enlarged and takes on a feminine or breast-like appearance because of excessive breast or glandular tissue. Everyone, including men, have a certain amount of breast tissue. In some men, genetics or environmental factors such as medications or other reasons can cause this breast tissue to become larger than normal and result in the chest having a breast-like appearance. This tissue will have a firm or rubbery feel, and sometimes might be slightly uncomfortable to touch. Dr. Shridharani, top NYC-based plastic surgeon, will listen to your concerns and provide you with your treatment options.
What Causes Gynecomastia?
Lots of things can cause gynecomastia from medications such as steroids or certain anti-depressants to various medical conditions and even recreational drugs like marijuana. Sometimes gynecomastia is a normal part of aging, like in adolescence. In this case, it usually resolves on its own and as long as it isn’t psychologically distressing, watchful waiting is the best course of action. Consulting with Dr. Shridharani, board-certified plastic surgeon in Manhattan, will be the best way to determine if you have gynecomastia and what might be causing it.
How is Gynecomastia Treated?
Because the breast tissue is firm and rubbery, it isn’t easy to remove without undergoing a surgical procedure to remove it. This surgery may involve a small cut around the nipple/areola or sometimes involves a larger incision at the base of the chest. Both of these scars typically heal well, and again a visit with board-certified plastic surgeon in New York City, Dr. Shridharani, will help to determine what approach is best for you.
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What if my Doctor Says I Have Pseudogynecomastia?
Pseudogynecomastia is an enlargement of the male chest, however, the underlying cause is a collection of FATTY tissue rather than actual breast tissue. This may be caused by weight gain or, unfortunately, genetics. The treatment for this condition, however, can include more non-invasive or minimally invasive techniques such as injectable treatments or liposuction. Dr. Shridharani has performed thousands of injections to treat unwanted fat deposits in the body and is an international leader in pioneering this non-invasive treatment. He has also performed thousands of plastic surgery procedures and has vast experience in male chest and body contouring. Schedule a consultation today to determine if you’re a candidate for these treatment options and have the chest you’ve always wanted!