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Jay M. Pensler, M.D.
Plastic Surgeon
680 North Lake Shore Drive Suite 1125
Chicago, IL 60611

Everything You Need to Know About Gynecomastia

Despite the fact that anywhere from 40 to 60 percent of men worldwide suffer with gynecomastia, not many people know much about the affliction. The word gynecomastia is derived from two Greek words: mastos, meaning breast, and gynec, for feminine. The condition actually has a rich and interesting history, dating as far back as the 7th century A.D., when Paulis of Aegina described it as an “effeminacy of man.

With gynecomastia, the breast tissue of the male overdevelops. There are several reasons why this may happen, running the gamut from extremely serious conditions to benign annoyances. For example, large breasts in males could be a symptom of liver or endocrine disease. On the other hand, it may just be a hormonal imbalance or the result of a change of environment. However, most cases of gynecomastia occur without a clearly defined causal reason.

Today, treatment of gynecomastia is safer and easier than ever, as Dr. Jay Pensler has shown time and time again. Dr. Pensler, a Harvard graduate and Associate Professor of Clinical Plastic Surgery at Northwestern University Medical School, estimates that only 2 percent of the patients with gynecomastia that he operates on need drainage tubes. Drainage tubes are a gross but necessary evil for some patients, to help get rid of all of the fluid that can build up in the chest area following surgery.

However, while few may need drainage tubes, all of Dr. Jay Pensler’s patients who have undergone gynecomastia surgery must wear a compressive vest for about a month. This is because the vest gives support to the chest and skin, which helps the skin to shrink back to a taut state. Otherwise, the skin could sag and look worse than it did before the surgery.

To be sold on the idea of gynecomastia corrective surgery, all you have to do is take a look at the before and after photos on Dr. Pensler’s website. The difference is astounding. You can tell that the difference between having man boobs and not having them can really change the life of a man. Imagine not being embarrassed to take your shirt off at the pool, or even just being able to wear a tee shirt out to the bar without worrying that people are making fun of your oversized mammary glands. For more information about gynecomastia or to schedule a consultation, contact Dr. Pensler at 312.642.7777.