Gynecomastia is one of the most troubling concerns of male cosmetic patients. The appearance of male breasts can make patients self-conscious and reluctant to engage in social and professional activities.

Gynecosmastia is more common than many patients realize. Luckily, in most instances the condition is not medically concerning, although repair may be sought for cosmetic reasons. Often caused by hormonal imbalances, male breasts can be improved by hormone therapy or removed surgically.

shutterstock_250102384Liposuction is effective treatment for patients whose breasts result from obesity and excessive fat deposits in the chest. When liposuction is not an option, the breast tissue can be surgically removed from the chest.

Surgery for gynecomastia is performed under anesthesia and may require a hospital stay. After surgery you should expect to take at least a week to recover. During that time your chest will be tightly wrapped and drains placed under your skin to prevent a build up of fluid or blood.

While rare, there are risks associated with surgery to correct gynecomastia. These risks include infection, pain, bleeding, asymmetry, nerve damage, pulmonary complications, and scarring.