What is Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is a condition characterized by overly developed soft tissues in a male chest, leading to to a womanly looking chest. Gynecomastia is a medical term that comes from the Greek word for “woman-like breasts”. Gynecomastia affects an estimated 40 to 60% of men. It may affect only one breast or both. There is no known cause in the vast majority of cases, but this condition has been linked to use of certain medications and steroids. In addition, a large percentage of teenage boys experience mild to moderate gynecomastia that typically resolves by itself by the time the boy reaches adulthood. For men who feel self-conscious about their appearance, breast reduction surgery can help. The procedure removes fat and/or glandular tissue from the breasts, and in extreme cases, removes excess skin resulting in a chest that is flatter, firmer and better contoured. The results of the procedure are significant and permanent.