Gynecomastia and Poland Syndrome Reconstruction

Abnormal breast development in men is known as gynecomastia. Affecting males in Cleveland, Mayfield Heights, and throughout the world, this condition is common and temporary in adolescent males but in a small percentage it persists beyond puberty and becomes permanent. Dr. Leedy realizes the embarrassment and self-consciousness that gynecomastia can cause. He assures all of his patients, whether they are seeking treatment for gynecomastia or any condition, that their records and any discussions will be held in the strictest confidence.

Surgical correction of gynecomastia at the Cleveland Plastic Surgery Institute begins with an incision in an inconspicuous place – either in the armpit or in the outer edge of the areola (pigmented skin surrounding the nipple). Excess glandular tissue, fat, and skin, if necessary, are then removed. Dr. Leedy often incorporates the advanced technique of ultrasound-assisted liposuction into the procedure in order to better remove the dense fatty tissue and optimize results.

Gynecomastia surgery has helped many Cleveland, Mayfield Heights, and surrounding area men gain not only an improved physical profile but also a renewed sense of self-confidence. They feel and look more attractive. After having the procedure, our patients’ hesitancy to go shirtless at the beach, the locker room, or in any similar public venue disappears. Dr. Leedy has successfully performed corrective surgery for gynecomastia on men from Cleveland, Mayfield Heights, and throughout Ohio. If you are a male who desires a flat, firm chest but has been unable to achieve that goal with diet and exercise, Dr. Leedy may be able to give you the look you seek by performing a gynecomastia procedure. Contact the Cleveland Plastic Surgery Institute today to schedule a private, confidential consultation with our expert surgeon.

In contrast to gynecomastia, Poland Syndrome is absence of the chest muscle, the pectoralis major. In women it also involves absence or deformity of the breast. Males who suffer from Poland Syndrome can undergo reconstructive surgery to correct the condition beginning at around the age of 10. Existing muscle from the back is used to restore the missing chest muscle. This procedure helps to correct the chest contour deformity, restoring a normal appearance to the chest. Females with Poland Syndrome should not undergo surgery until their breasts reach full development – at about 18 or 19 years of age. The treatment may require multiple operations depending on the severity of the deformity. During the first, the chest will be prepared for the implant. This often requires transfer of the back muscle to the chest and placement of a tissue expander. During the second surgery, the tissue expander is removed and the permanent implant is inserted. Dramatic results can be obtained with correction of this deformity, creating a new sense of wholeness for the patient while boosting self-esteem.