Can CoolSculpting® Treat Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia, the development of excess breast tissue in men, may occur due to hormonal changes during puberty or as a result of a syndrome or disease. Though fairly common, this condition can be the cause of reduced self-esteem and/or intense discomfort, especially during activities that require chest exposure, such as swimming and intimate moments. Males experiencing gynecomastia or pseudogynecomastia—a similar condition that involves fatty tissue only, and no breast tissue—may seek out surgical correction. In some cases, however, non-surgical CoolSculpting® from our skilled dermatologist, Dr. Nancy Silverberg, may be utilized to help alleviate this bothersome issue.
CoolSculpting® is designed to reduce pockets of fatty tissue on areas of the body that are resistant to diet and exercise by freezing the fat cells to the point of breaking down. True gynecomastia, which concerns breast tissue alone, cannot be treated with CoolSculpting®, as this method specifically targets fat cells. However, patients with an accumulation of excess fat tissue alone can often benefit from this technique.
Dr. Silverberg prioritizes compassion and discretion. During the initial consultation, she will determine whether the patient is a qualified candidate for CoolSculpting® prior to developing a customized treatment plan that addresses his unique concerns. If fatty tissue is found to be present, one or more CoolSculpting® sessions may be recommended to help reduce the size of the area of concern. In addition to excess fat of the chest, the CoolSculpting® device can be used on the arms, stomach, flanks, and legs. Furthermore, downtime is typically minimal and results are gradual, usually occurring over the course of several weeks to two months.
If you have additional questions about what areas of the body CoolSculpting® can treat, or if you wish to schedule a private, complimentary consultation with Dr. Silverberg, please contact our office today.