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What is Enlarged breasts in men (Gynaecomastia)?


What is Enlarged breasts in men (Gynaecomastia)?

Gynaecomastia or Enlarged breasts in men is a very common condition affecting 25-30% of men of all ages. Enlarged breasts are a source of social embarrassment and distress to the affected men, which can severely affect confidence and restrict social interaction.

Gynaecomastia is easily and permanently treated with a simple surgery, which can be done as a daycare procedure. You can get your surgery done in the morning and be discharged home by afternoon, without the need for any overnight admission. You can resume all daily activities the next day. And you don’t have to be embarrassed ever again to take your shirt off.


Signs and symptoms of gynecomastia include:

  • Swollen or enlarged breast tissue
  • Breast pain


See your doctor if you have:

  • Swelling
  • Pain or tenderness
  • Nipple discharge from one or both breasts



Gynaecomastia occurs due to decreased amount of the hormone testosterone compared with estrogen.

Gynaecomastia is seen in newborn babies, due to mother’s hormones in their blood, in teenage years around puberty, and in the elderly. The most common cause of Gynaecomastia is hormonal changes which occurs with normal aging lead to increase in size of the breast tissue and fat deposition.

Other causes of Gynaecomastia which are relatively uncommon are steroid intake, liver diseases, testicular cancer, alcohol or drug intake, to name a few.



Who is the best candidate for Gynaecomastia surgery?

Men of any age who are healthy and emotionally stable are considered good candidates for Gynaecomastia surgery. The best candidates are those who have firm, elastic skin that will reshape to the body’s new contours.


Eligibility to undergo a Gynaecomastia surgery:

  • Any of the above mentioned reasons makes you a suitable candidate to undergo Gynaecomastia treatment, but to be an eligible candidate for surgery you should also fulfill the following criteria:
  • Every surgical procedure including plastic or cosmetic surgery involves certain risks. You should undergo a Gynaecomastia only if you have a medical requirement or you feel that the particular surgery will enhance your quality of life.
  • You shall be a good candidate for the Gynaecomastia if you are healthy, you have realistic expectations from the outcome of the surgery and you are aware of all the risks associated with the procedure.
  • You should not consider undergoing a cosmetic surgery if you have serious health issues like uncontrolled diabetes, heart diseases, high blood pressure, bleeding disorders like haemophilia, or depression.
  • You shall not be a good candidate for the Gynaecomastia if you smoke too much or drink too much alcohol.
  • You should have positive attitude!
  • You expectations from the outcome of the surgery should be realistic.



Doctors Details

Dr. Salil Patil (MCh Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery)

Gynaecomastia Surgeon

Dhanwantari's Chrysalis

Third Floor, Bhondve Corner building,

Ravet- D.Y.Patil College Road, Ravet


Contact: +91 89802 08978






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