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Gynecomastia, or enlarged male breasts, is not a problem any man should have to face. Yet, up to half of all men struggle with the problem at one time or another during their lifetime.

Most of the time, breast growth occurs in both breasts, with each side roughly equal in size and appearance.

However, this is not always the case. In some ways, many men with asymmetric gynecomastia are more self-conscious about the condition than those with enlargement in both sides.

So what causes asymmetric gynecomastia, and what can be done about it?

Natural Asymmetry

Gynecomastia is hormonal in nature, and is caused when excess estrogen is stored in the male body, prompting breast tissue development.

Complete asymmetry (with only one breast exhibiting enlargement) from gynecomastia is very rare, but it is not uncommon for one breast to be larger than the other, making it seem like only one side of the chest has been affected by gynecomastia.

Slight asymmetry is completely normal, but when the difference becomes noticeable, many men feel ashamed and embarrassed about the problem.

So how can asymmetry be fixed? Gynecomastia currently has only one effective treatment: surgery with a specialist. This procedure involves gentle liposuction of the chest area along with excision of excess breast gland tissue.

Post-Operative Asymmetry

Unfortunately, not every surgery goes as planned. Whether due to the surgeon’s skill (or lack thereof), or unforeseen complications, asymmetry can sometimes occur following male breast reduction. The only way to correct persistent asymmetry following gynecomastia surgery is a second surgical procedure.

Depending on the reason for the poor outcome, some patients choose to have their original surgeon perform the second procedure, while others prefer to seek a new specialist.

If you are experiencing asymmetry following surgery, wait at least six months before seeking revision surgery, as it takes a while for post-op swelling to subside.

Talk to an Expert

Our New York-based gynecomastia experts have seen it all, and are ready to help you with breast asymmetry, whether from natural causes or a poor surgical outcome.

Male breast reduction at our AAAHC accredited surgical center in Commack, Long Island offers gynecomastia patients a safe, clean, and comfortable treatment experience. We also see patients for appointments in our second office located in Manhattan on the corner of Madison Avenue and 59th Street.

Call either office today to schedule your free consultation at (631) 499-1831 or (212) 206-0023.