What is Gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia is a condition that results in enlarged breast tissue in males. It is often caused by an imbalance of the hormones testosterone and estrogen and can affect males of any age including puberty and adulthood. There are also certain conditions that may lead to the development of gynecomastia, including adrenal tumors, kidney disease, liver disease, thyroid disease, alcoholism, as well as certain medications. Gynecomastia surgery is a procedure to reduce breast size in men with this condition to achieve a flatter chest contour.

Gynecomastia surgery can be used to improve the following:

  • Enlarged male breasts
  • Puffy nipples
  • Sagging breasts
  • Overall masculine chest contour

Who is a Candidate?

Men who have not had success treating their gynecomastia with medical treatments can often benefit from gynecomastia surgery. Ideal candidates will be healthy, at a stable weight, non-smokers, and have realistic expectations. To learn more about gynecomastia surgery and if it is right for you, contact us today to schedule a consultation appointment.


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The Gynecomastia Treatment Procedure

Gynecomastia surgery can be achieved through a number of surgical techniques, including liposuction excision, or a combination of the two.


If gynecomastia is caused by excess fatty tissue alone, liposuction can be used as treatment. During liposuction, a thin hollow tube called a cannula will be placed through several small incisions. The cannula is then moved back and forth to loosen excess fat, which is then removed by vacuum suction.


In cases where glandular breast tissue or excess skin must be removed, excision can be performed. The incision pattern that is used will vary depending on the specific condition and your individual anatomy.


Following your gynecomastia surgery, you may need to wear a special support garment to minimize swelling and support your new chest contours. A small drain may also temporarily be placed to collect any excess fluid. It is important to avoid strenuous exercise or motion during your time of healing. Dr. Willis will give you specific instructions on how to care for yourself.

The final results of gynecomastia surgery are often permanent. However, if your gynecomastia was caused by using certain medications, drugs, or weight gain, you must completely avoid these substances or remain at a stable weight in order to maintain results long-term.

Contact Us Today

If you are bothered by your chest and would like to learn more about gynecomastia surgery in Charlottesville VA, contact Charlottesville Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation appointment. Dr. Willis will speak with you regarding your health history and surgery goals to determine the best plan of action.

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Can guys develop breasts?

Men may develop breast tissue (gynecomastia) for many reasons, including, but not limited to, medications, obesity, testicular tumors and purity.

Can gynecomastia be cured without surgery?

Pseudogynecomastia, which is associated with obesity, can be cured with weight loss. True gynecomastia may be cured if the underlying cause is identified and treated. Otherwise, it may need surgical excision.

Can gynecomastia grow back after surgery?

If not all of the breast tissue is removed, portions may grow back.

Does gynecomastia come after surgery?

Gynecomastia usually does not come after surgery.

Does gynecomastia go away with weight loss?

Gynecomastia due to obesity should go away, or noticeably improve, with weight loss

Does gynecomastia surgery leave scars?

The incision placement for gynecomastia surgery will depend on the type of gynecomastia and the degree of gynecomastia. The larger the breast tissue, the larger the incision placement.

How long do you have to wear a compression garment after gynecomastia?

You may need to wear a compression garment for up to 4 weeks after surgery.

How can you tell the difference between gynecomastia and Pseudogynecomastia?

Pseudogynecomastia is usually associated with being overweight

What is the best treatment for gynecomastia?

Surgery is the only treatment for gynecomastia. The surgery will remove excess breast tissue and reduce the size of the breasts. Your surgeon may incorporate varies techniques ranging from liposuction to direct excision, which is hiding the scar along the areola, or a combination of the two.

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