Male Breast Reduction Charleston

Gynecomastia is the medical term for abnormal breast development in males. It is most commonly seen at the time of puberty in which case it is termed pubertal gynecomastia. It is generally not medically dangerous although it can be painful. It is not a precursor to breast cancer. In most cases the condition will resolve spontaneously, but in some cases may persist. Dr. Terranova offers several options for the treatment of male breast enlargement at The Center for Plastic Surgery Charleston, SC.

When true breast enlargement is seen in an adult male, it is termed pathological gynecomastia and can be primary (no cause is found) or secondary (a side effect of certain drug treatments, tumors, and more). Pseudogynecomastia is the appearance of large breasts caused by fat accumulation in overweight or obese males without the presence of true breast tissue.

Breast enlargement in males can cause significant embarrassment, and in younger males, significant psychosocial problems. If pubertal gynecomastia persists beyond the age of 18 or 19 and for conditions of pathological gynecomastia where no cause is found or the cause has been eliminated yet the process persists, surgical correction may be indicated. Unfortunately, few insurance companies will cover correction of even advanced degrees of gynecomastia unless it can be shown that correction is medically necessary.

In cases of mild true gynecomastia or pseudogynecomastia, liposuction techniques will often result in adequate correction. The advantage of liposuction is the lack of significant scarring.

In cases where there is a large amount of glandular tissue (which cannot be effectively removed by traditional liposuction techniques) or where there is a significant amount of skin excess in addition to volume, excision techniques will have to be used in addition to liposuction. The combination of liposuction and direct excision (of either gland and/or skin) will result in significantly better contour in these more advanced cases, but at the cost of visible scarring.

Most males with significant degrees of breast enlargement are willing accept the tradeoff of visible scarring so that they can wear more types of clothing without embarrassment.

During your consultation we will discuss all the options and possible results so that you can choose the procedure that is best for you.

Contact Gynecomastia Surgeon William Terranova, MD

If you suffer from gynecomastia and are in the Charleston or Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina area, please contact Charleston Gynecomastia surgeon William Terranova, MD today at 843-797-0440.