Can Gynecomastia be Treated with CoolSculpting®?
Gynecomastia is a very common condition of excessive breast tissue in the male. Some estimates put this at 30% of the US adult male population. It can be related to hormonal changes of puberty, medication use or overweight status. Men find this difficult because the chest may have a more feminine appearance which makes going bare-chested in public places embarrassing.
The condition occurs to varying degrees and may be different side to side. For that reason, each patient requires personal evaluation, as there is no one-size-fits-all treatment. Options for treatment include surgical excision, liposuction or non-invasive techniques such as CoolSculpting®.
My experience with surgical excision is that it can be quite difficult to get an ideal result. Especially in men where there is mild to moderate excess tissue, the margin for error is small.
That has led me to recommend CoolSculpting therapy, which uses a device to chill the target fat cells in the breast to a low level. If the fat cells are brought to that critical temperature for a minimum time, a component of the cells will go through a process of slow cell death. That has the end result of making the fat volume in the area less. This has proven to be a very effective technique for those cases of gynecomastia that are mild to moderate. It also has minimal downtime and the full effect of the treatment is usually seen 2-3 months after application.
Copeland Cosmetic Surgery is pleased to offer CoolSculpting therapy as a safe and effective means of treatment of mild-to-moderate gynecomastia.