Changes in the male breast are not uncommon following puberty. In some cases breast growth may occur for several years following this event. In addition, patients who develop gynecomastia often experience spontaneous resolution of this condition. For these reasons treatment of gynecomastia is typically delayed until patients are at least eighteen years of age.
There are always exceptions to the rule and it’s important that these be recognized. In some cases gynecomastia may cause severe psychosocial problems and for this reason surgery should be performed at an early age. In other cases the magnitude of gynecomastia may be so severe that early intervention may be necessary. Under these circumstances a secondary revision may be necessary at a later date.
If concerns regarding this condition exist, consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon is appropriate.