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What is Gynecomastia?

December 30, 2016

What is Gynecomastia

We are frequently asked, “What is Gynecomastia?”

The word gynecomastia comes from the word, gyneco, meaning “woman or female” and mazos meaning “breast.” Gynecomastia is also commonly referred to as man boobs.

Gynecomastia is the non-canercours development of a rubber like or firm lump that can be felt under the areola. In some cases, there may also be fatty deposits, which cause the nipple and breast to appear larger and more feminine.

If Gynecomastia develops during the adolescence years, it may go away on its own. This process can take a couple of years. It is reported up to 70% of teenage boys will develop gynecomastia during puberty. If it persists beyond adolescence, it will likely be a permanent condition. If gynecomastia develops as an adult, it can be a result of taking certain drugs, supplements, hormonal changes, etc. In some instances, gynecomastia may have been present before adulthood, but was so mild it wasn’t noticed, however with weight gain and/or aging, the appearance of it becomes noticeable.

True Gynecomastia is resistant to diet and exercise. And, there are no pills or creams proven to eliminate gynecomastia. The only viable option is surgery. Gynecomastia is not recognized as a medical condition, therefore medical insurance cannot be used to help with the costs. The good news is that your investment lasts a lifetime, because surgery permanently corrects gynecomastia.

For more information about What is Gynecomastia, Surgical Options, and Cost, please contact us or call 323-987-4467 to reach the office of top gynecomastia surgeon Dr. Joseph Cruise.

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Dr. Joseph Cruise is a board-certified plastic surgeon with over 15 years of experience. Regarded as one of the top gynecomastia surgeons in the world, Dr. Cruise has gynecomastia-specific content that can be found at Dr. Cruise has dedicated his career to cosmetic surgery but has also had extensive training in General Surgery, Hand Surgery, and Microvascular Surgery. Dr. Joseph Cruise is also a member of the Rhinoplasty Society as well as the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

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