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Primary causes of gynecomastia

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Being a man with overly large breasts is one of the most uncomfortable situations a man cab ever find himself in. But don’t worry, you are not alone. Many men and adolescent boys in Santa Ana suffer from gynecomastia and are haunted by their male breasts daily.

Luckily, plastic surgery does offer alternatives to living through a life with overly large breasts, and that alternative is male breast reduction surgery.

There are two main causes for male breast:

  1. Pure glandular gynecomastia: This presents itself as puffy nipples and in most cases can be treated by direct tissue excision alone. The glandular breast tissue is located directly behind the nipple and there is no excess fatty tissue or skin.
  2. Mixed glandular gynecomastia: Excess fatty tissue is present and usually removed with ultrasonic liposuction. This is the most common cause of overly large breasts in males.

Although adolescence may be the most difficult time for a male to be uncomfortable with the size of his breasts, Santa Ana plastic surgeons strongly urge parents to wait until their son is at least eighteen years old before choosing to undergo male breast reduction surgery for two reasons.

Around the age of eighteen hormones will stop influencing the growth of male breast and in some cases male breast will resolve at this point. Also, waiting until at least the age of eighteen will allow for a more full development.

If you are considering male breast reduction surgery, it is important that weight loss is attempted first. In many cases overweight men with male breasts see the size of their breasts almost completely diminish once returning to a healthy body mass index (BMI).

Men who are at a healthy weight and BMI and are still suffering from gynecomastia may be good candidates for male breast reduction surgery. Your Santa Ana plastic surgeon will have to work with you to show proof of the medical necessity for this procedure.

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