Gynecomastia is a condition affecting males which typically begins in adolescence. The term gynecomastia derives from the Greek term for “woman-like breasts.” In adults, gynecomastia may be a result of:
- Weight gain
- Hormonal imbalance
- Steroid use
- Medication side effects
- Marijuana use
In most cases of gynecomastia, the cause is unknown. What is known, however, is that males with gynecomastia may feel embarrassed and self-conscious, leading them to seek male breast reduction surgery to improve their appearance.
In Philadelphia, gynecomastia is treated at the offices of board certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Bottger. Male breast reduction focuses on removal of fat and glandular tissue from the breasts using liposuction. Scars remaining from the procedure are typically inconspicuous.
Are you a good candidate for gynecomastia surgery? Ideal candidates possess these traits:
- No significant medical problems
- No use of anabolic steroids or marijuana
- Firm, well-toned skin
- Emotional stability
- Realistic expectations
After gynecomastia correction, you will wear a close-fitting vest for two to three weeks. While some swelling and bruising is to be expected, pain is generally minimal and well controlled with oral medications. Stitches are dissolvable. Some patients may require placement of drains which are usually removed after a few days.
You can expect to see full results after three months of healing. Most patients are able to return to work and other activities within a week, avoiding heavy exercise for three weeks or until Dr. Bottger says you are ready to resume strenuous activities.
Please contact Dr. David Bottger using the form on this page or call 610-355-1929 today to schedule your gynecomastia consultation. We serve patients in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area.