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Male Gynecomastia

Male gynecomastia is the excess development of glandular or fatty male breast tissue. Male gynecomastia affects 75 percent of pubescent boys though it usually disappears on its own with time. Adult male gynecomastia can affect one or both of the breasts and can occur for a number of reasons. Plastic surgery is a treatment option that involves the removal of excess fatty or glandular tissue from the male breast area.

As one of the top five most popular male plastic surgery procedures in 2003, male gynecomastia surgery is growing more common. Male gynecomastia surgery was performed on over 16,500 men in 2001, up 48 percent from 1997. The average cost of male gynecomastia surgery is between $2,500 and $3200. This may not include additional fees for pre and post operation care or prescription medications related to the male gynecomastia surgery procedure.

Male gynecomastia can affect adult men for a number of reasons. Genetic disorders are the cause of the development of excess breast tissue in some males. These genetic disorders can include Klinefelter's syndrome (chromosomal abnormality) and Gilbert's syndrome (congenital liver disease). Male gynecomastia can also be caused by steroid abuse, obesity, marijuana use, tumors, castration, aging, and some prescription drugs.

If you are suffering from male gynecomastia, you may wish to consult a plastic surgeon that can help to identify the underlying causes of male gynecomastia in your case and determine your eligibility for male gynecomastia plastic surgery. When drugs or obesity are found to be the cause of male gynecomastia, a doctor may suggest that a patient first attempt to manage male gynecomastia through a discontinuation of drug use or a weight management program. A doctor will also evaluate a number of other factors to determine your eligibility for male gynecomastia surgery.

If you are a good candidate for male gynecomastia surgery, the plastic surgeon will discuss with you all relevant information about what to expect from your surgery prior to the operation. For any plastic surgery procedure to be a success, it is important to have realistic expectations and a good understanding of both the procedure and the anticipated results.

Male gynecomastia surgery is completed in two to three hours on an outpatient basis. The procedure itself involves the removal of excess fatty or glandular breast tissue by way of excision, liposuction, or a combination of the two. Recovery time is generally four to six weeks, during which time drains may be removed and restrictive garments employed to facilitate the healing process. As with any type of surgical procedure, male gynecomastia surgery carries some risks. Overall, this is a relatively safe procedure that yields desirable permanent results.

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