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Published on May 6, 2015
Gynecomastia - or breast like growth in men - comes in all forms. Here, a patient has the condition only on one side. Dr. Caridi removes the gynecomastia from one side while matching the patient's other "normal" side. Dr. Caridi of the Austin Gynecomastia Center has performed surgeries like this hundreds of times on men from all over the country and the world.
Gynecomastia typically occurs in two different settings: in early adolescence or later in adult life. Normal, hormonally-induced development of the breast during adolescence (age 10-16) occurs in up to 65% of boys. Although this tissue excess regresses in one or two years, up to 15% of affected boys may not see it go away and are most at risk for the development of psychological scars from gynecomastia.
It typically presents as two-sided or “bilateral” growth, but in small percentage of men (less than 5-10%), it can present as single-sided “unilateral” or asymmetrical gynecomastia. Like bilateral gynecomastia, unilateral gynecomastia is a benign condition that is no different in terms of diagnosis and treatment. Find out what you need to know about unilateral gynecomastia, or “one-sided” gynecomastia on our website at https://westlakeplasticsurgery.com/un....
These young men may suffer from serious body image problems and secondary behavior disturbances, such as withdrawing from their peers, avoiding important social activities, and depression. Adult men may develop gynecomastia from various medical conditions, medications or naturally as a result of hormonal changes that occur during the aging process. Although it can be quite bothersome to these older men, it is not usually associated with a high degree of psychological damage.