Anywhere from 10 to 30 percent of men develop gynocomastia, a condition of breast enlargement. It can be caused by genetic or hormonal factors or by certain drugs like steroids.
For some men, surgery can be the answer.
One 20 year old, we'll call him John, because he is too embarrassed to reveal his real name or face, is about to undergo surgery. He is scheduled for a liposuction to remove the fatty tissue in the breasts.
Usually, liposuction is all that's required to solve the problem, but some men also have enlarged glands under their nipples and need more surgery.
Eliminating active glandular tissue is important because it can increase chances of breast cancer, says Dr. Mauro Romita, a cosmetic surgeon.
In that case the surgeon performs an operation similar to breast reduction where the underlying tissue is removed.
John was lucky, he didn't have enlarged glands. Just three weeks after surgery John has more confidence in his appearance.
Dr. Romita says the procedure costs about $6,000.
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