Gynecomastia—or the overdevelopment of breast tissue in men—often subsides naturally throughout adolescence, but the likelihood of visible male breasts resolving on their own as an adult is unfortunately lower. In many situations, the normal hormonal fluctuations that occur during puberty commonly allow enlarged breast tissue to resolve naturally and spontaneously within two to three years of development. These cases are sometimes referred to as “transient” or “pubertal” gynecomastia.
For other types of gynecomastia, such as gynecomastia triggered by certain medications or substances, male breasts may not go away without medical intervention or surgical treatment. While the ineffectiveness of exercise in reducing male breast tissue has already been established, male breast reduction can be an excellent option to successfully reduce excess fat and glandular tissue while restoring a flatter appearance to the chest. Gynecomastia surgery is a relatively straightforward procedure that uses techniques like liposuction and surgical excision, depending on your unique case, to create more masculine chest contours. Dr. Neal Goldberg, our experienced plastic surgeon, is very meticulous in making discreet incisions to limit the amount of post-surgical scarring as much as possible. Male breast reduction can also correct puffy, enlarged, or swollen nipples, if desired, allowing patients to fully enjoy their life free from the self-consciousness caused by male breasts.
Gynecomastia usually doesn’t resolve on its own past adolescence, but there are treatment options that can help you improve your self-confidence and body image. Please contact our Westchester and NYC-area practice to schedule a consultation with Dr. Neal Goldberg today.