If you are a male who suffers from enlarged breasts, you are not alone. The condition, known as gynecomastia, affects millions of men and teenage boys. Although gynecomastia does not usually pose any health risks, it often is a source of embarrassment and low self-esteem. Dr. Howard Sutkin is skilled at treating gynecomastia at his Bay Area plastic surgery offices in San Jose and Los Gatos, California. He has removed excess breast tissue for many patients to help enhance their confidence and sense of masculinity.
The condition is often caused by hormonal changes in the body such as those that occur during adolescence. According to statistics from the Ohio State University Medical Center, approximately 65% of all 14-year-old boys have gynecomastia. In many of these cases, the male’s enlarged breasts will regress naturally as his body begins to produce more testosterone. For other teenage boys and men whose breasts remain enlarged, male breast reduction surgery may be necessary to achieve a flat, masculine chest.
Male breast reduction surgery is a safe, highly effective procedure to treat gynecomastia. Either local or general anesthesia is administered, depending upon the patient’s age and the amount of excess breast tissue. Dr. Sutkin will then remove the excess skin, glandular tissue, and fat through an incision in the chest. In some cases advanced endoscopic technology may be used that can reduce the size of the incision and the length of the recovery period.
To learn more about male breast reduction surgery, we invite you to contact Dr. Howard Sutkin’s plastic surgery offices for a confidential, personal consultation. We can treat all symptoms of gynecomastia and help you achieve the sculpted, well-defined chest that you desire.