Gynecomastia is the surgical correction of over-developed or enlarged breasts in men.
Gynecomastia surgery reduces breast size, flattening and enhancing the chest contours. In severe cases of gynecomastia, the weight of excess breast tissue may cause the breasts to sag and stretch the areola (the dark skin surrounding the nipple). In these cases the position and size of the areola can be surgically improved and excess skin may be reduced.
The three most common types of Gynecomastia are:-
- Pubertal Gynecomastia: – It develops when boys are experiencing puberty and it is a result of the fluctuations in hormones that are experienced during this period in life.
- Pseudo Gynecomastia: – Everyone carries their weight differently and for some men, there is a larger accumulation of fat in the chest area making their chest more prominent.
- Puffy Nipples: – It exists when there is a very small amount of breast tissue that accumulates directly under the nipple and areola which is the darker area directly around the nipple. This creates a slight dome-like appearance to the nipple that would otherwise lie flat against the pectoral muscle underneath.