Gynecomastia (oversized male breasts) is a very common condition in men and can result in terrible embarrassment. Many men will try to hide it with thick shirts, avoid bare chest activities, and withdraw from public exposure.

Gynecomastia is a medical term that stems from the Greek words for “women – like breasts”. It is quite common in men and may affect one or both breasts. Both men and women have breast tissue however it usually is not well developed in men. Though certain drugs and medical problems have been linked with male breast over-development, there is no known cause in the vast majority of cases. The enlargement can be from excess glandular tissue or fat or both.

For men with gynecomastia who feel self-conscious about their appearance, breast-reduction surgery can help. The procedure removes fat and or glandular tissue from the breasts, and in extreme cases removes excess skin, resulting in a chest that is flatter, firmer, and better contoured.

For more information about male breast reduction, call our Washington, D.C. office at (202) 386-7100.