The American Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS) has classified gynecomastia into four grades based on the severity of the breast tissue enlargement:
Grade 1 Gynecomastia
Grade 1 (or category 1) is classified as a small degree of enlargement and is usually not noticeable with clothing. The breast tissue enlargement is localized around the areola or nipple as a small button of swollen tissue. Surgery might not be necessary at this stage unless the breast tissue continues to swell.
Grade 2 Gynecomastia
At this stage, the swollen breast tissue has expanded to the width of the chest and now creates the appearance of small, rounded breasts. A combination of liposuction and removal of the mammary gland is the standard male breast reduction surgery and can be performed to reduce the size of the male chest.
Grades 3-4 Gynecomastia
Grades 3-4 gynecomastia is classified as a moderate to severe amount of excess breast tissue and is now easily visible, even with clothing. Men may feel self-conscious about their feminine chest and suffer psychologically and socially. Gynecomastia surgery can alleviate both the physical and emotional symptoms of gynecomastia at these stages.
Gynecomastia Treatment in Los Angeles
Gynecomastia is most commonly treated using a surgical combination of liposuction and excision of the glandular breast tissue. The “pull-through” technique only requires a small incision and can treat Grade 1 or 2 gynecomastia. More extensive surgery to remove excess skin and tissue for a tighter chest is often needed for men with Grades 2 or 3 gynecomastia.
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