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Aesthetic Plast Surg. 2011 Aug;35(4):439-45. doi: 10.1007/s00266-010-9618-3. Epub 2010 Nov 12.

Surgical correction of gynecomastia in thin patients.

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Department of Dermatology and Plastic Reconstructive Surgery, University of Rome, Sapienza, Policlinico Umberto I, Viale del Policlinico, 155, 00161 Rome, Italy.



Gynecomastia refers to a benign enlargement of the male breast. This article describes the authors' method of using power-assisted liposuction and gland removal through a subareolar incision for thin patients.


Power-assisted liposuction is performed for removal of fatty breast tissue in the chest area to allow skin retraction. The subareolar incision is used to remove glandular tissue from a male subject considered to be within a normal weight range but who has bilateral grade 1 or 2 gynecomastia.


Gynecomastia correction was successfully performed for all the patients. The average volume of aspirated fat breast was 100-200 ml on each side. Each breast had 5-80 g of breast tissue removed. At the 3-month, 6-month, and 1-year follow-up assessments, all the treated patients were satisfied with their aesthetic results.


Liposuction has the advantages of reducing the fat tissue where necessary to allow skin retraction and of reducing the traces left by surgery. The combination of surgical excision and power-assisted lipoplasty also is a valid choice for the treatment of thin patients.

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