Gynecomastia

Enlargement of the male breasts, or gynecomastia, is a fairly common occurrence. This can happen with weight gain, hormonal change, or genetic predisposition.

Men and adolescents are frequently self-conscious about taking their shirt off if they have this condition. In most cases, a minimally invasive approach can cure this condition, unless the degree of skin laxity is extreme.

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This 21 year old had lost 80 pounds on a strict diet and exercise routine. He still had localized fatty tissue as well as glandular tissue in the breast region (before treatment, above).

He had a minimally invasive procedure using Smart Lipo. This laser-assisted approach was chosen as the laser not only melts fat but also can break up glandular tissue so that it can be suctioned instead of directly cut out. This process minimized scarring, and also induces some skin tightening. His results after surgery (below) are seen two months postoperatively.

Even older men sometimes develop this condition. The man in his 60s, below, had a similar procedure as well as a male abdominoplasty to reduce his abdominal protrusion.

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65 year old before gynecomastia and male abdominoplasty

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Results at three months postoperatively

These procedures require some activity moderation for six weeks, so that the skin can heal in a smooth and even manner. Compliance with these guidelines can strongly influence the outcome. Patients are also expected to wear a compression garment during the postoperative recovery period.