Gynecomastia Surgery for Teens
Gynecomastia surgery is for boys with breast tissue enlargement that gives their chest a feminized appearance. Gynecomastia is the growth of excess fatty and glandular breast tissue that can develop in male individuals. In adolescent boys, hormonal changes in puberty may occasionally result in an imbalance between estrogen and testosterone, which can manifest as gynecomastia. This condition — which can affect up to half of boys ages 10-19 years old — often resolves on its own, but when it persists, it can cause physical pain and social embarrassment. It most often affects both breasts, although there may be asymmetry or unilateral breast involvement. Use of alcohol, certain drugs such as steroids and marijuana, and hypogonadism may be implicated in causing gynecomastia.
Gynecomastia Procedure Details
When gynecomastia has persisted for six months or longer and certain causes have been ruled out, surgery may be considered. Most often, liposuction alone is sufficient to remove excess tissue and create a flatter chest. However, in some patients, a small additional incision around the areola may be necessary to allow for the removal of excess breast tissue.
Gynecomastia surgery is usually performed under local anesthesia with sedation, and patients often wear a compression garment for a short time after surgery. The results are immediate, and patient satisfaction is generally extremely high.