The medical term for overdeveloped breast in men is gynecomastia. This is a medical term that comes from the Greek words for “women-like breasts.” One-third of male teenagers commonly experience breast enlargement. The majority of them will return to normal in three years or less.
Highly motivated male athletes may be frustrated with the look of their body after reaching a fitness plateau and may be persuaded to use anabolic steroids. Furthermore anabolics may increase muscle mass but at the expense of potential breast enlargement as well as aggressive behaviour or changes in personality.
Though certain drugs and medical problems have been linked with male breast overdevelopment, there is no known cause in the vast majority of cases.
The best candidates are men who are in good physical and psychological health, and have firm elastic skin that will reshape to the body’s new contours. An examination to determine the best treatment for the patient is always performed.
If surgery is recommended, in most cases the excess tissue can be removed through a small incision at the lower edge of the nipple. The whole area of the chest can be sculpted additionally with small specialized cannulas by using new liposuction techniques. The correction can be completed in about 2-3 hours under local anaesthesia after medication that achieves complete mental and physical calmness. For non-calm patients general anaesthesia is recommended.
Patients can expect to return to work within 4-5 days. Heavy exercise and strenuous activity have to be avoided for two to three weeks.
In extreme cases excess skin needs to be removed, resulting in a chest that is flatter, firmer, and better contoured.