What Causes Gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia can be caused by a variety of factors including hormonal imbalances, increased body fat, age, malnutrition,  some medications, kidney disease, an overactive thyroid, steroid use, and having an unstable weight.  For some men, it is also genetic.

A Life-Changing Procedure

We understand that enlarged breasts can have a significant impact on your self-esteem. Luckily with gynecomastia treatment at Grossman Dermatology in Los Angeles and New York City, we can remove the excess tissue with minimal scarring and downtime. 


Who is a good candidate for gynecomastia surgery?

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

Who is a good candidate for gynecomastia surgery?

If you are bothered by the appearance of your chest due to excessive male breast tissue, you are likely a candidate for this procedure. Ideal candidates are males over the age of 18, who are in good overall health.

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. It is best to wait until your body has finished developing since more breast tissue can develop if the procedure is done too early.

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

Men can typically resume their normal activities other than strenuous exercise in 3 to 7 days. After the procedure, you will need to wear a compression garment for several weeks.  Most men can return to their routine activities in 3 to 7 days, except vigorous exercise.

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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