Gynecomastia is a condition in which there is abnormal male breast development. The condition may first appear in adolescence, and may cause significant problems with a teenager’s self-esteem, as well as causing considerable peer ridicule. In adulthood it may be the result of heredity, hormonal changes, or a drug related side-effect. A medical work-up may be recommended to rule out any underlying medical condition. Gynecomastia is usually the result of excess glandular tissue, excess fatty tissue or a
combination of both.

The treatment of gynecomastia may include the direct excision of the excess tissue through a very small scar within the areola. Liposuction may also be performed to remove excess fatty tissue and produce a more masculine appearance to the chest area. The surgical procedure typically takes about one hour, depending on the amount of tissue that needs to be removed. Patients usually return to normal activities within 24 to 48 hours and may resume exercise after two weeks.

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