Breasts can have a lot of variation—even among male breasts. Gynecomastia (male breast enlargement) affects more men than you might think. Up to half of all men will struggle with the condition at some point in their lives.
However, there are many different degrees of gynecomastia, and the condition affects each patient differently. Because of this, there is now a “grade” scale for enlarged male breasts. The four grades, according to the ASPS (American Society of Plastic Surgeons) are as follows:
Grade I: Minor breast enlargement concentrated at the areola (area around the nipple)
Grade II: Moderate enlargement with no excess skin, extending past the areola
Grade III: Moderate enlargement with excess skin
Grade IV: Significant breast enlargement, with a feminine appearance and excess skin
Various factors play into how severe a man’s gynecomastia becomes, but any amount of breast enlargement can cause problems for the sufferer’s well-being and quality of life.
The Psychological Implications of Gynecomastia
Gynecomastia may not be dangerous physically, but it can produce intense negative feelings and self-confidence issues in teens and men who suffer from it. Every male with gynecomastia has a unique struggle with the problem, and the feelings associated with the condition can occur with any grade of enlargement.
If you’re self-conscious about your chest, you should not feel ashamed or tentative about seeking treatment. Men who undergo gynecomastia surgery are usually very happy with their results and report an increase in self-esteem immediately afterward.
Gynecomastia is hormonal in nature, and can be triggered by a number of factors, including prescription or illegal drugs and normal hormone fluctuations. Increased estrogen stimulates breast growth, and once this glandular tissue is established, it won’t go away on its own.
Currently, the only effective treatment for gynecomastia is surgery. It is highly recommended to choose a surgeon that specializes in this particular procedure because it is a skill that is gained through years of repetition and experience. The surgery involves gentle laser liposuction to remove excess fat, along with the excision of any breast gland tissue through a small incision around the border of the nipple.
Learn More About Gynecomastia Surgery
While gynecomastia is a very common problem among men, it can be difficult to find a specialist who has the experience necessary to create a favorable outcome. Our New York gynecomastia experts are among the few cosmetic & plastic surgeons in the area with the skills to give you the results you’re looking for.
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