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Gynecomastia is the excess development of glandular breast tissue in boys and men. Gynecomastia treatment depends on a number of factors. The cause of gynecomastia is the first factor that determines further course of action. There are several causes of gynecomastia including: puberty, steroid use, obesity, a multitude of medications, genetic disorders, tumors, liver problems, and other underlying diseases.
Pubertal gynecomastia is a common occurrence, affecting up to sixty percent of boys at this age. If gynecomastia is the result of pubertal development, the condition will usually resolve itself within a year or two, and no medical gynecomastia treatment is necessary. Gynecomastia treatment may not be necessary if the underlying cause of the condition is drug use. Generally, gynecomastia can be resolved in these cases by discontinuing the medication.
If gynecomastia is determined to be the result of an underlying disease, such as hyperthyroidism, hepatic conditions, or hypogonadism, gynecomastia treatment might involve treating the underlying condition. Often times, gynecomastia is resolved with this treatment of the underlying disease. Mild gynecomastia that can only be detected by a medical exam may also not require gynecomastia treatment.
Gynecomastia treatment involves a relatively safe and effective plastic surgery procedure. This treatment is growing evermore popular because of its affordability and desirable results. If a person is considering gynecomastia treatment, a plastic surgeon will be able to evaluate their condition to determine if they are a good candidate for plastic surgery.
Gynecomastia treatment also depends on the duration of a patient's symptoms.
Good candidates for gynecomastia treatment are individuals with pain and tenderness in the breast area, or patients with emotional difficulty or embarrassment associated with their condition. A patient's full medical history and current condition will be evaluated before gynecomastia treatment commences.
Plastic surgery gynecomastia treatment is an outpatient procedure that involves removal of the excessive fatty or glandular tissue in the breast area. This is usually achieved by making a small inconspicuous incision in the areola region and extracting or excising the excess tissue with a scapula or through a tiny tube.
This gynecomastia treatment generally takes about two or three hours and is generally done under a general anesthesia. Recovery time is relatively short after gynecomastia treatment. Complete recovery is normally achieved in four to six weeks when there are no complications. A plastic surgeon might recommend the use of a compression garment following gynecomastia treatment. If you are interested in learning more about gynecomastia treatment, please contact us to confer with a qualified plastic surgeon in your area.