Gynecomastia Specialist

Daniel Brauman, MBBS, MD, PhD, FACS

Plastic Surgeon located in White Plains, NY

Gynecomastia is deeply embarrassing for many men, but there’s no need to accept the condition as a permanent, unavoidable part of life. Dr. Daniel Brauman has helped many men from White Plains, New York, and from all along the East Coast eliminate gynecomastia and feel confident about their bodies. If you’re ready to take action and address this common condition, schedule an appointment with Dr. Brauman by calling the office or using the easy online scheduling tool.

Gynecomastia Q & A

What is gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia is the enlargement of male breast tissue and affects males of all ages. True gynecomastia affects glandular tissue, and pseudogynecomastia is the presence of fat tissue in the chest area.

This condition is not usually painful, although some men report tenderness or sensitivity in the area, and typically results in symmetrical tissue enlargement on both sides of the chest, although one side may have more tissue than the other. The enlarged tissue often has a firm, rubbery feel.

Research demonstrates that men with gynecomastia have an increased risk of male breast cancer. Plastic surgery to address the aesthetics of your chest contouring will not reduce that risk. That means you must be vigilant about breast cancer screening methods, at home and with your primary physician.

What causes gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia has multiple causes. The most common cause is a hormonal imbalance: when male hormones are low in comparison with female hormones.

Some boys develop gynecomastia during childhood, but the condition often resolves naturally after puberty.  

Other conditions that can create a hormonal imbalance include:

  • Malnutrition
  • Cirrhosis of the liver
  • Kidney failure
  • Testicular problems including cancer, infections, or traumatic injury
  • Hyperthyroidism

Certain medications, as well as drug and alcohol abuse, can also increase your risk of gynecomastia.

What are the treatment options for gynecomastia?

In the early stages, medications are effective to alleviate gynecomastia; however, enlarged breast tissue in males tends to turn to scar tissue after approximately 12 months. Once scarring occurs, surgery is the only way to remove the tissue.

One surgical approach is liposuction, which effectively removes excess tissue in the male breast. In some cases, direct excision is the preferred approach, especially if there is a significant amount of tissue to address or the tissue has hardened. A combination of liposuction and excision is also an effective way to treat gynecomastia.

Expect to wear a special compression garment after treatment for a couple of weeks to help the swelling subside. You should be able to resume all normal activities approximately six weeks after surgery, although you should be able to complete most non-strenuous tasks much sooner.

If gynecomastia is negatively impacting your confidence, schedule a consultation with Dr. Brauman to discuss the available treatment options.