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A 37-year-old member asked:

does gynecomastia resolve itself?

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Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Sometimes, but...: Pubertal gynecomastia often resolves within 1 to 3 years after onset. Adult onset gynecomastia however does not necessarily do so. If persistent, it is often best treated with partial excision of the prominent glandular tissue as well as liposuction surgery of the peripheral chest area. If the prominence of the chest wall is caused by adipose tissue, then liposuction surgery may suffice.
Dr. Daniel Careaga
Plastic Surgery 18 years experience
Not Usually: Gynecomastia are accumulation of breast tissue in men. They are not a function of fat and working out your pectoral muscles will not eliminate them. If you truly have gynecomastia, it will need to be corrected by a plastic surgeon once the underlying causes have been ruled out.
Dr. Barry Cohen
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Typically not: Unless it is mostly fat and you are very over weight.

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I heard that appendicitis can resolve itself with mere antibiotics. What is the real danger, then?

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Serious infections: Once appendicitis begins, it will inevitably rupture, with or without antibiotics, in a matter of days. Once the appendix ruptures, it is unpredictable whether the hole will seal on it's own, lead to an abscess, or cause a life-threatening infection. Under most circumstances, the risk of surgery is much, much lower than the risk of infection.
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Does gynecomastia in puberty eventually go away?

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If I have gynecomastia reduction surgery how long will I need to recover?

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Dr. Paul Harper
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Depends: This depends on the extent of surgery and what it is you actually do. Most of the people that I have operated on for this condition are sore for a day or two, but are then able to return to work. As any other surgery they have to make sure they don't get the wound dirty or cause bleeding or get an infection. Most of the wounds are clearly healed by 4 to 6 weeks.
A 37-year-old member asked:

Is gynecomastia normal during puberty?

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Dr. Todd Sisto
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It happens: Should still look for other causes, e.g. Steroids used for bodybuilding , other pharmaceutical drugs and marijuana. Could also be a feature of obesity. Interestingly, certain increasing prevalent environmental pollutants, for example, bpa's, can function like female hormone in the human body.
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Is it possible to treat gynecomastia without surgery?

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Yes: But only by avoidance of causative factors if present.

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