Male breast enlargement, gynecomastia or “male boobs”

Dr. Reed,  I have male breast enlargement, gynecomastia or “male boobs“.  Embarrassed to wear even a tee shirt!  Is this easy to correct?  Eddie

Dear Eddie,

Male breast enlargement, gynecomastia or “male boobs” is a condition often associated with being overweight.  2 factors are involved…  you have additional subcutaneous fat all over your body, but also fat stores in men make estrogen, and estrogens causes enlargement of male breasts.  See if dieting helps.

Gynecomastia or enlargement of the male breast may produce an unwanted feminizing appearance. This is typically caused by an increase in stromal (connective) and ductal tissue, however a serious underlying cause should
always be considered. The incidence of occurrence in naval military exams is about 8 in 100,000. Gynecomastia is noted normally to some degree in pubescence with incidence as high as 65% in boys aged 14 to 15 years. By
late teens this finding lessens to 7.7%. Cosmetic surgeons consider 3 grades:

I. a button of extra tissue under the areola (the pigmented area
surrounding the nipple)

II. diffuse enlargement with indistinct peripheral margins.

III. further mass effect with excessive skin involvement.

Many cases of gynecomastia can be treated with liposuction techniques. Generally speaking only large cases with excessive non-elastic skin, or dense fibrous growth require open excision.  Please see our web-site for before and after pictures of gynecomastia.


Harold M. Reed, M.D.
The Reed Centre for Ambulatory Surgery | Miami

Before picture of gynecomastia (male chest enlargement, male boobs)

After picture of gynecomastia (male chest enlargement, male boobs), right side

After picture of gynecomastia (male chest enlargement, male boobs), left side

Before picture of gynecomastia

Before picture of gynecomastia, patient had liposuction and open removal of adenomatous (glandular) breast mass



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