Three Surgical Approaches to Getting Rid of Man Boobs
Gynecomastia, also referred to as man boobs, is the swelling of breast tissue in boys and men caused by an imbalance of the estrogen and testosterone hormones. In some cases, gynecomastia can be treated with medication, but in most instances surgical treatment is required. Board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Brad Calobrace explains three methods of treating gynecomastia surgically.
“It’s a sensitive subject when it comes to gynecomastia. My younger brother stopped playing basketball because he felt uncomfortable that his breasts would show through his shirts. There are a lot of social feelings about it,” notes Dr. Calobrace.
There are different kinds of gynecomastia, so the treatments will vary. When a boy has gynecomastia which is just breast tissue, a small incision to remove the breast tissue will most likely take care of the problem.
As they grow, the gynecomastia tends to be combination of fat problems and breast tissue problems. This will require a combination of liposuction to remove the fat and an excision of the excess breast tissue.
“If someone has hanging breasts and excess skin, we would have to do an excisional procedure where a scar would be visible across the chest. We really try to avoid that at all costs,” notes Dr. Calobrace.
He cautions against removing significant amounts of breast tissue because it can create craters, which creates a whole in the chest. “I’ve seen this occur many times when this procedure is performed by a physician without experience,” notes Dr. Calobrace.
Patients should consult with board-certified plastic surgeons who are qualified in treating gynecomastia because it is a delicate procedure.
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