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Thursday, August 28, 2014

“Puffy Nipples” are True Gynecomastia

“Puffy Nipples” are True Gynecomastia"

San Jose, Californis-Miguel Delgado, M.D. sees many young men who are concerned about the development of man boobs.

During the adolescent years, young men will develop breast buds to various degrees. The dense fibrous breast tissue causes a protuberance of a dome type shape resulting in “puffy nipples.” There is usually very little fatty tissue, and it is mostly breast tissue, with or without fat, it is still gynecomastia.

Miguel Delgado, M.D. explains to young men and their parents that in most cases the puffy nipples will go away by themselves within a few months to a couple of years. If the puffy nipples remain after puberty it most likely has become a permanent condition and the only resolution will be gynecomastia surgery. An incision will be made around the areola allowing the excision of the breast gland. This procedure will remove the puffiness of the nipple, and the areola will become flat against the chest wall.

As boys struggle through their adolescent years, the addition of male breasts will exacerbate poor self-image. Wise parents will seek a consultation for their son with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon that specializes in gynecomastia, to explain what is happening and what option are available.

Before and After Gynecomastia Surgery for Puffy Nipples

Puffy Nipple require surgical excision

As mentioned earlier, for most boys, their “moobs” will resolve on their own once past puberty. However, if the young man is suffering socially and emotionally it is possible to have earlier surgical intervention. This would be on a case by case basis with a joint agreement with the surgeon, the parents and the patient.

For some young men, they may be a candidate for a less invasive surgical treatment known as the “pull-through” procedure. This procedure does not require drains, and the surgery and recovery times are greatly reduced.

If you or your son suffers from “puffy nipples,” you are encouraged to call (415) 898-4161 or email for a consultation with Miguel Delgado, M.D..