Gynecomastia is a condition affecting boys and men that causes them to develop breasts from swollen breast tissue or accumulation of fat. While the male chest typically is flat and has little projection, gynecomastia causes the breasts to protrude. This becomes a source of embarrassment both in and out of clothes. Despite common sentiment, gynecomastia is generally not improved with weight loss or further development of pectoralis muscles by lifting weights at the gym. Surgical intervention is an effective remedy that results in immediate improvement.
Dr. Michael Zenn performs gynecomastia surgery to help patients in the Raleigh and Durham area achieve a more traditionally masculine appearance. His patients include adolescents, weight loss patients, body builders, and men who have been bothered by the condition their whole adult lives and have finally decided to do something about it.
Dr. Zenn has more than 25 years of experience in plastic surgeries related to the breast. His exceptional technique and eye for aesthetics contribute to outcomes that bear little sign of surgery and return a more natural appearance to the chest. Based on his extensive experience with the procedure, Dr. Zenn authored the chapter “Gynecomastia Surgery” in Cosmetic and Reconstructive Breast Surgery. This commonly cited chapter was included in the popular Procedures in Reconstructive Surgery series for plastic surgeons to teach the finer nuances of gynecomastia surgery.
Dr. Zenn’s Approach to Gynecomastia Surgery
Gynecomastia affects a wide range of Raleigh and Durham-area patients. In any given consultation, Dr. Zenn may be discussing the surgery with an adolescent who wants to look more like his peers or a patient in his 50s who has spent a lifetime hiding his physique. Despite this variety, patients tend to express the same concerns about gynecomastia. They:
- Don’t feel comfortable wearing form-fitting clothing.
- Don’t participate in activities where they might have to take off their shirt.
- Avoid going to the pool or the beach.
- Have anxiety about exercising or going to the gym.
For adolescents, these limitations can feel even greater due to the social pressures boys feel at this age. While gynecomastia can be normal in young boys, changes will often persist. If still present by the age of 16, Dr. Zenn offers gynecomastia surgery as a way of resolving these concerns in a safe, short surgical procedure with minimal discomfort. Patients who have the procedure describe their results as nothing short of life-changing.
Common symptoms of gynecomastia include tenderness and swelling of the breast tissue. While many patients develop the condition over time due to hormonal changes, men may also experience growth in breast tissue as part of treatment for prostate cancer, following gastric bypass, or related to other medical changes.
Gynecomastia surgery may be the right approach in each of the cases above. However, some men’s breasts grow larger as a result of weight gain. Dr. Zenn typically advises these patients to pursue weight-loss options before considering a surgical approach. The best and most long-lasting results for any overweight patient will be realized at his new stable weight.