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Gynecomastia: Enlarged Male Breasts

The term "gynecomastia" derives from the Greek words "gyne" meaning "woman" and "mastos" meaning "breast." Broadly speaking, it refers to an overdevelopment of the male breast. It affects an estimated 40 to 60 percent of men. Gynecomastia may be caused by an excess of breast tissue, fatty tissue, skin, or a combination of these. Plastic surgery procedures can address these problems and normalize the size and shape of the male breast. Such surgery can be performed in both teenagers and adults.

More specifically, there are two basic types of gynecomastia: pseudo and true gynemoastia.

Pseudo Gynecomastia

This refers to enlarged male breasts caused by an excessive amount of fat tissue, but a normal amount of glandular breast tissue. Most male patients with enlarged breasts fall into this category of gynecomastia, especially obese younger men.

True Gynecomastia

This refers to enlarged male breasts caused by excessive glandular breast tissue. This condition is not as common as pseudo-gynecomastia. Abnormal amount of glandular breast tissue can be caused by alcoholism, testosterone hormone insufficiency, and drug side-effects. A condition known as bilateral gynecomastia may be associated with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, renal problems, certain cancers and tumors. The possible presence of a tumor must be investigated if a male patient has a single enlarged breast. Indeed, any noticable asymmetry of the male breasts, should warrant a mammogram.

Plastic Surgery For Gynecomastia

Where the breast enlargement is due purely to the presence of excessive fat deposits and skin elasticity is good, lipoplasty is sufficient to normalize the area. However, if skin elasticity is impaired or if excessive fibrous tissue is present, surgical excision is preferable.

See also:
Breast Reduction Surgery Treatment For Gynecomastia

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