What Causes Gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia is believed to be caused by multiple factors, including hormone fluctuations, increased body fat, some medications, kidney disease, an overactive thyroid, steroid use, and having an unstable weight.

In some instances, the underlying cause (hormone imbalances, steroid use, diet, etc.) can be diagnosed and treated. However, more often than not the reason cannot be identified. 

A Life-Changing Procedure

Gynecomastia is a condition that develops in males, and is characterized by feminine-looking breasts. Having this condition can cause an individual to hide his body, but surgery for gynecomastia at Santa Monica's Grossman Dermatology has the ability to remove the breast appearance by addressing the existing tissue, restoring a flat, contoured chest.


Who is a good candidate for gynecomastia surgery?

How old do you have to be to get gynecomastia surgery?

How soon can I begin exercising my chest after gynecomastia surgery?

Who is a good candidate for gynecomastia surgery?

If you’re considering treatment for gynecomastia in Santa Monica or NYC, you may be the perfect candidate for this procedure. The best candidates are males who are unhappy with their feminine-looking chest; doesn’t smoke and is in overall good health, and who understands what the procedure can accomplish.

How old do you have to be to get gynecomastia surgery?

Although there’s no “set” age, the average age you must be to undergo gynecomastia surgery is 18. This is because the excess breast tissue can return later in life as the body finishes developing, so it’s a good idea to wait.

How soon can I begin exercising my chest after gynecomastia surgery?

It’s best to wait at least one month after gynecomastia surgery to do any kind of chest exercise.

Surgery Details

Tissue removal techniques vary in detail, and need to be tailored to the concerns of each patient. Gynecomastia procedures can range from simple excision of firm glandular tissue under the areola or liposuction of softer fatty tissue to more complex procedures involving removal of excess tissue plus sagging breast skin. During your consultation with Dr. Grossman, she will discuss your unique areas of concern and your goals so that she can formulate an individualized plan just for you. Gynecomastia surgery typically takes 1-2 hours depending on the complexity of tissue reduction.

What About Scars?

Dr. Grossman understands that as distressing as enlarged male breasts can be, there is a stigma around surgical scars — and these scars can also be unwanted reminders of the procedure.

As a pioneer scar removal specialist, Dr. Grossman works to avoid the formation of scar tissue. She utilizes the most advanced techniques to allow minimally invasive tissue removal, accelerated skin contraction, and skin removal. 

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Recovery and Results

After the surgery, you will need to wear a compression garment under your shirt for about one month. Tenderness, swelling, and bruising is common, but will subside in a few weeks. We will advise you on when you’ll be able to return to normal activities and work, but on average, gynecomastia surgery patients return to desk-type work in one week, and light exercise after a few weeks.

Dr. Karyn Grossman, MD

Gynecomastia Surgery at Grossman Dermatology

Dr. Karyn Grossman is a board-certified dermatologist who is an author, instructor, and presenter within her field. She is well-known and highly regarded for her experience and natural-looking results, as well as her devoted attention to each patient. Her elevated level of patient care includes a very educational consultation in which she walks individuals through their options and how to achieve the results they want. She is also known for her discretion and confidentiality. If you’re in the Santa Monica or NYC area and you’re considering gynecomastia treatment, we welcome you to reach out to us.

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