The word gynecomastia literally means "woman's breast," which is fine if you're a woman but less than ideal if you're a man.
It turns out that gynecomastia, the swelling of breast tissue in boys or men due to an imbalance of estrogen and testosterone, is a common complaint among American men, with an estimated 40% of the male population dealing with some degree of the condition. Generally, it starts during puberty and usually persists to some degree or another through adulthood. Although, in some cases it does go away by adulthood.
For some men, it can cause significant anxiety in social situations. Opting to not change in the locker room, skipping a chance to swim or relax on the beach shirtless, or wearing two to three shirts to make the gynecomastia less pronounced are all common ways to deal with the discomfort.
The good news is men dealing with gynecomastia no longer have to live with it. Surgery is a safe and effective option for restoring a firmer and more masculine appearance to the chest. A complimentary consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Tyler Stall, can help decide if surgery is the right option.