Enlargement of the male breast, known as Gynecomastia, can occur in approximately 10-15% of the male population. It can be a source of embarrassment, loss of self esteem, and even depression. This is particularly the case in adolescent males.
The term “man boobs” is sometime used by the lay public, but for those men who stuggle with gynecomastia, it is no joking matter.
Gynecomastia can be associated with a hormonal imbalance, obesity, and some medications, although most of the time there is no specific cause. The vast majority of cases can be successfully treated with suction lipectomy, often with ultrasonic assistance, known as Vaser. The benefit of treatment in this manner is that the excess breast tissue and fat can be removed through a very small, well hidden incision. This allows the patient to go shirtless without the embarrassment of scars. In a few extreme cases, the nipple may need to be moved and excess skin excised but this is unusual.
Gynecomastia removed by VaserLiposculpture is done as an outpatient procedure usually under general anesthesia. Patients can resume most normal activities in a few days and will wear a compression vest garment for one month to reduce swelling and allow for proper skin stretching.