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Development of gynecomastia, also known as male breast enlargement, or “man boobs,” can be a confusing and upsetting phenomenon for any man, regardless of the phase of life in which the condition occurs.

Despite the fact that as man as 50 percent of the male population will struggle with temporary or permanent gynecomastia at some point during life, few men seek treatment for the problem: surgery.

It’s understandable that most men are reluctant to pursue the surgical option, as plastic surgery is expensive and carries some risks.

However, the benefits that come following surgery can be immense, and it’s worth considering gynecomastia treatment if you’re struggling with “man boobs.”

One aspect of gynecomastia surgery is liposuction to remove excess fat in the chest, often using a liposuction method known as SmartlipoTM.

Smartlipo’s Role

SmartlipoTM is a gentle laser liposuction method that can play a big role in gynecomastia treatment. There are two parts to gynecomastia surgery: liposuction of excess fat, and excision of glandular tissue, if necessary.

Doctors and patients alike prefer the superior results and reduced trauma that laser liposuction offers. When laser lipo is the only technique necessary to treat a particular case of gynecomastia, only local anesthetic is necessary, and patients can get back to work (i.e., a desk job) and light activity in just a few days.

The laser technology melts excess fat, which is then suctioned out through a small cannula or tube that is inserted through tiny incisions.

Are There Alternatives?

If you’re still not sure surgery is right for you, you may be wondering whether alternate forms of treatment, such as exercises, pills, or creams are able to treat the condition. Unfortunately, the answer is no.

Established breast tissue will not go away on its own, as breast gland tissue cannot just disappear using hormone treatments. At present, the only effective gynecomastia treatment is surgery.

For those who have substance-induced gynecomastia, they must discontinue the use of the substance that caused it (e.g., hormone replacement therapy, some prescription medications, marijuana, heroine and methadone, and anabolic steroids).

Your best bet is to speak with an experienced gynecomastia specialist to learn more about the procedure, ask questions, and get to know the surgeon. Although there are few surgeons who specialize in the procedure, our cosmetic and plastic surgeons in New York are gynecomastia and male breast reduction specialists.

Our skilled physicians have helped many men regain their confidence and self-esteem with gynecomastia surgery. Visit our Manhattan, NYC or Commack, Long Island offices today or call to schedule your free consultation.

We have excellent plastic surgery financing plans available to patients with good credit. These options include low monthly payments, low interest, and zero down. Don’t let finances be the reason you wait another day!

SmartlipoTM is a trademark of Cynosure, Inc.