What Is Gynecomastia?

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Posted July 29, 2014 in Breast Reduction, Gynecomastia, by Dr. Fiorillo

Gynecomastia is a condition in which men experience enlarged or swollen breasts. It usually begins to develop during puberty and can appear in one or both breasts. Sometimes, when a hormonal imbalance is corrected, the breast tissue may reduce. Diet and exercise can sometimes also address the symptoms.

In some cases, however, hormones remain disproportionate and can lead to significant growth in the chest, along with other adverse symptoms, such as breast sensitivity, a rubbery or hard texture, or fluid discharge from the nipples.

Gynecomastia can negatively affect a man’s satisfaction with his body, which may lead to discomfort in public situations where exposing their body is required, and even a decrease in sex drive and self-confidence.

Luckily, if you identify with one or more of these symptoms, you can now improve your appearance by surgically removing your excess breast fat for a more chiseled, masculine contour.

What Causes Gynecomastia?

Although most gynecomastia instances occur from a sex hormone imbalance, it can also be caused by aging, a testosterone deficiency, steroids, recreational substances, medication side effects, or a medical condition. You can schedule a consultation with Dr. Fiorillo to discuss your concerns, especially if your chest is tender or painful, or there is leakage from the nipples.

How Can I Correct Gynecomastia?

If your chest appears oversized in comparison to the rest of your body, then gynecomastia surgery can benefit you. Changes to your lifestyle are typically not adequate to make enough of a difference. When the issue does not resolve itself, then either liposuction or a breast reduction can reduce the concern.


The treatment area gets injected with a solution of sterile salt water (saline), a small amount of adrenaline, and a numbing agent (lidocaine) to reduce the recovery time and promote quicker healing.

Liposuction removes excess fat by making a small incision in the breast and inserting a suctioning device (cannula) to remove fatty tissue. Results are seen immediately and become more prominent as swelling reduces.

Breast Reduction Surgery

Breast reduction surgery removes excess fat and glandular tissue, sometimes utilizing liposuction, then tightens and lifts the breast skin to a higher position on the chest. Extra skin may be removed if necessary.

How Do I Select My Surgeon?

Gynecomastia surgery can be conducted to remove excess fat tissue and achieve a more defined, masculine chest to improve confidence. Dr. Fiorillo provides his expertise and artful eye to maintain masculinity when sculpting the new contours of his patients’ chest.

As an expert in breast surgeries, Dr. Fiorillo can meet with you in his Pearl River, NY, location for a consultation to discuss your goals and concerns and to educate you on the details of your gynecomastia surgery.

Schedule your consultation today by calling (845) 842-1258 or filling out our contact form.

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