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Breast correction for men (gynaecomastia)



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Breast correction for men (gynaecomastia)

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Breast development in men

Breast development in men, also known as gynecomastia, is not uncommon and develops during puberty or at a later age caused by the use of hormones such as anabolic steroids. It concerns glandular tissue, fatty tissue or a combination of both. Breast tissue can be surgically removed through a scar around the nipple. Fat tissue can be treated with liposuction almost without scarring.


1. When do breasts develop in men?

A small amount of breast tissue behind the nipple is normal in men. If congenitally more breast tissue has developed than normal, this may further grow during puberty and become visible. Sometimes the breast tissue develops on one side only, or disappears spontaneously.

Breast development in (young) men can be an indication of excessive hormone production somewhere in the body, but this is exceptional. A consultation with an internist or pediatrician can provide clarity. Anabolic steroids also cause gynecomastia.

2. The surgery

The surgery takes place in the operating room under general anesthesia and takes one hour. The nipple is lifted through an incision around the areola of the nipple, the excess breast tissue is separated and removed from the subcutaneous fat and the pectoralis major (large muscle of the upper chest wall) and a drain is placed. With liposuction/liposculpture the fatty tissue is removed via small scars. The skin is generally elastic enough to spring back. 

3. After surgery

The drain will be removed before you go home.  Sutures will be removed after 1 week with the treatment liposuction and after 2 weeks when surgery is used. The scar is located around the nipple / areola and is hardly visible, only when looking at a close distance. After liposuction, scars are hardly visible or not visible at all.

The photo shows the scar about 6 weeks after surgery.

4. Complications

The complication of bruises is a normal effect of the procedure. Unevenness due to the lag of glandular tissue in the breast and / or the removal of too much subcutaneous fat is another complication. Disorder of blood circulation in the nipples actually never occurs.

Dr. Erik J.F. Timmenga

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