Gynecomastia New Jersey
Do you know anyone who likes to leave his tee shirt on at the beach? Although we tend to think of women having body issues more often, this is a problem that plagues men, not only at the beach, but in locker rooms, during sports activities and at other times as well. Gynecomastia can be uncomfortable, as well as socially and psychologically devastating to men of all ages. Surgery can offer a solution to this problem.
Men will sometimes have excessively developed breast tissue called gynecomastia or “man boobs”. This may be caused by hormonal imbalance, liver disease, medications, anabolic steroids or marijuana use, but often is related to weight fluctuations and lifestyle.
What causes gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia can occur at varying ages. We often see it at birth related to the presence of maternal hormones. It occurs in up to 70% of adolescent males due to puberty and hormonal changes. Most cases resolve spontaneously within 2 years*. Gynecomastia also occurs commonly in men over 50. As many as 25% of cases have no known cause.*
The initial treatment of mild gynecomastia is directed at life style changes such as proper diet and exercise with reassurance, if a specific cause cannot be identified. Surgery may be advised for more prominent cases. Male breast enlargement is associated with excess fat, and/or enlarged glandular tissue. Men who have lost a lot of weight may have excess skin as well. Dr. Friedlander will review the treatment of gynecomastia with you. This usually involves liposuction which requires a small inconspicuous incision to recontour or sculpt the fat. A non-invasive alternative may include the use of coolsculpting. If the breast enlargement is caused by glandular tissue, or if there is excess skin, additional incisions may be required.*
Where is the procedure performed?
The surgical procedures are performed as an outpatient and are commonly performed with other contouring surgeries such as liposuction of the “love handles”.
What will my recovery be like? When can I return to work?
Gynecomastia surgery is relatively easy to recover from. There will be some swelling afterwards, and a compression vest will need to be worn underneath your clothing for a few weeks to help minimize the swelling.* Most men can return to work in a few days, but, as with all cosmetic surgeries, there is no strenuous activity or working out permitted for 4 weeks.*
For more details and to find out if you are a candidate for gynecomastia please contact us to schedule a consultation or call our office at 973-912-9120. You may also use our online consultation tool provided on this page.
* = Results may vary