Gynecomastia Surgery and Recurrents
Can Male Breasts Recur After Gynecomastia Surgery?
Before and After Gynecomastia Surgery
San Jose, California
Men who opt for male breast reduction surgery frequently ask Dr. Miguel Delgado, M.D. if it is possible for their breasts to grow back. It is possible for recurrence, however, it is rare. For true gynecomastia, the surgeon removes most of the breast gland and fat that are responsible for the enlarged male breast. Some tissue and fat remain to shape the chest and give support to the areola. It is the remaining tissue and fat that could pose a problem in the future.
Adolescent gynecomastia affects 65% of all young men. The good news is that for all but about 5% will find that their chest returns to normal within a few months up to 2 years. For the remaining young men, unfortunately, the male breast is permanent, and surgery will be their only option for a normal looking chest. Some young boys are so traumatized by having male breasts that surgery before finishing puberty may be recommended.
It is preferred to wait until a young man has completed puberty before having gynecomastia surgery; however, some boys have severe psychological issues and may be a candidate for early surgery. Since they have not completed puberty, and their hormones are still fluctuating, it is possible for the remaining tissue to regrow. Although Dr. Delgado says, this is very rare and for all the cases of young men that he has performed, he has never had to re-operate.
Another factor causing the reappearance of the male breast would be for a man who has gained a lot of weight. Even though many of the fat cells have been removed, the ones remaining will get larger with the additional storage of fat.
At the time of the consultation, Dr. Delgado will try to determine what caused the growth of the male breast so that steps can be taken to avoid recurrence in the future. Some of the more known possibilities responsible for gynecomastia after puberty and weight gain are:
- Some prescription drugs
- Testosterone and estrogen levels out of balance
- Marijuana and other recreational drugs
- Lower testosterone levels (usually in older men)
- Anabolic steroids mostly used by bodybuilders
- Psychological stress
The cause of gynecomastia for many men remains unknown and is referred to as idiopathic gynecomastia. Dr. Delgado has performed thousands of male breast reduction surgeries and has only seen a handful of cases of recurrence.
Schedule a gynecomastia consultation now with Dr. Delgado at, (415) 898-4161 to find what options are available for you.