Gynecomastia is a medical term that comes from the Greek meaning “woman-like breasts.” Though this oddly named condition is rarely discussed, it is actually quite common. While certain drugs and medical problems have been linked with male breast over-development, there is no known cause in the vast majority of cases. For men who feel self-conscious about their appearance, breast reduction surgery can help.
In adolescence, gynecomastia is usually self-limited and will resolve in 2-4 years. In those cases where gynecomastia persists beyond four years, surgical intervention may be necessary. Dr. Kaye Riolo, who is board certified in plastic surgery, has more than 20 years of experience and performs male breast reduction surgery.