What is Gynaecomastia?
Gynaecomastia is the overgrowth of male breast tissue. It is a common condition that affects mostly teenage boys and older men. Most men find the condition embarrassing and are reluctant to talk about it.
The symptoms vary from a small firm and tender lump beneath or round the nipple in teenage boys (stonies) to larger, more female looking breasts in older men. It can affect one or both breasts.
True gynecomastia, caused by an overgrowth of breast tissue, is different from pseudo-gynaecomastia, which is mainly fatty tissue. It may be a mixture of both types.
In most cases treatment is not necessary as the condition will resolve on its own.
For some men, removing the cause (changing medication) is all that is required.
You will very seldom need medication to treat the cause of gynaecomastia.
Liposuction is often used to correct pseudo-gynaecomastia.
The combination of liposuction and surgery may be necessary for larger cases of true gynaecomastia.
Dr Kelly will discuss the different treatment options available with you.