VIP International Plastic Surgery Center in KOREA - Gynecomastia

In adolescence, men can develop breasts due to obesity or excessive development of the mammary tissue. Symptoms may be seen during adolescence or later in life. Though this is a common problem among many men, it may cause a personality disorder at the most sensitive age, bringing devastating social life problems.

There is no exact data available in Korea, but data from overseas indicate that approximately 1 per 10,000 males suffer from gynecomastia.

Regardless of gender, both men and women have breasts from birth. As for women, breasts, such as the mammary gland and lactiferous duct, develop by estrogen during teen years. As for men, it is possible to develop breasts just like women due to hormonal changes. Since gynecomastia appears usually as one of endocrine diseases, it is important to verify the anomaly in the endocrine system.

Breasts can grow with pain due to the rapid hormone changes during adolescence. The symptom of gynecomastia may be temporary and be gone generally before 21 years of age when adolescence is over and the hormone level balances. Therefore, this surgery is recommended for patients after their adolescence. However, gynecomastia unrelated to endocrine disease or rapid hormone changes will need to consult with a surgeon for a surgical treatment.

Surgical method and treatment
The correction of gynecomastia is classified into two methods based on the degree of mammary tissue development.
Surgical method

For the case of mammary tissue development, an excision of the mammary tissue is necessary. If the adipose tissue is developed, then liposuction is necessary.

In most cases, two methods are practiced in parallel through a 1-cm incision in the armpit or the areola. Mammary tissue is excised through endoscope and adipose tissue is removed by liposuction, leaving inconspicuous scar.