Male Breast Reduction Katy TX
Most people are surprised to learn that glandular breast tissue naturally occurs in both women and men. While some breast tissue is normal in men, excessive proliferation of glandular tissue is not — this condition is called gynecomastia.
For the vast majority of patients, gynecomastia is a benign condition and no specific cause can be found. Less common causes of gynecomastia include side effects from medications, endocrine abnormalities, and male breast cancer.
Gynecomastia can occur at most ages, but typically develops during adolescence and after middle age. The development of excess glandular breast tissue can be painful, in addition to causing profound impacts in a male’s self-esteem and overall mental health. For male teenagers, this can be a source of significant shame and embarrassment, and will oftentimes manifest itself in a reluctance to participate in sporting and recreational activities, behavioral issues at school, and loss of confidence. In fact, nearly 50% of male teenagers will develop gynecomastia, though for most it will be minor and resolve on its own after 1 year. For those that don’t resolve, surgery may be an excellent option for treatment.
Surgery for gynecomastia involves a combination of liposuction and direct excision of the glandular tissue to restore the natural male contour of the chest. The surgery is performed on an outpatient basis and patients are instructed to wear a compression garment after surgery. By 6 weeks after surgery, patients are able to return to all physical activities.
If you or your child is suffering from abnormal breast development, please contact our office today at 832-232-4263 and schedule an appointment to discuss your concerns with Dr. Das or Dr. Stephenson.