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.

What is Gynecomastia?

Quite simply, gynecomastia represents fat tissue and sometimes breast gland tissue stored over the pectoral muscles. This condition in slang is referred to as “man boobs,” and it can affect males of any age and physical condition. It may be the result of hormonal changes, disease, certain drugs or diets, or hereditary conditions. It may also be exaggerated with rapid weight gain or loss and may affect both breasts and just one. There may or may not be a hard tender mass beneath the nipple.

A common misconception is that you can spot reduce your gynecomastia through directed exercise. This generally is not the case. However, a variety of safe and simple plastic surgery options exist from liposuction to surgical reduction. Gynecomastia surgery (Male Breast Reduction) is a good option if you are bothered about the appearance of your physique. Sierra Plastic Surgeons have a variety of procedures for Male Breast Reduction and will walk you through your options during your consultation.

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If you struggle with hiding a chest you feel is feminine in appearance, we encourage you to contact Fresno plastic surgeon Dr. Riolo. To learn more about male breast reduction or another body procedure, please contact us.