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Male Breast Enlargement (Gynecomastia)

Experts explain the causes of and treatments for gynecomastia, or male breast enlargement.
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If the reason for enlarged breasts is being overweight, weight loss is often the first step, says Glenn Braunstein, MD. That’s good for your overall health, too. Braunstein is chairman of the department of medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. 

If you have a lot of weight to lose, it may not shrink your breasts back to normal size, due to the stretched-out skin. Plastic surgery is an option for that.

Surgical options for enlarged breasts are to get liposuction to remove fat and scalpel surgery to remove glandular tissue. A plastic surgeon does the surgery, which takes 60-90 minutes. It's an outpatient procedure, meaning no overnight stay, and it often dramatically improves appearance.

Jacobs has never sought treatment for his own breast enlargement.

"Over the years, I sort of got used to it," he says. But he has done breast-reduction surgery on more than 1,500 men, transforming lives in the process. "For the first time in years, these men are standing up straight and wearing tight shirts," he says. "Literally and figuratively, a weight has been lifted off their chests."

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Reviewed on September 27, 2012

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