GYNAECOMASTIA: Female Breasts In Young Males

Howard Siegal (


Males sometimes experience the swelling and enlargement of an area around their nipples. The occurrence of gynecomastia is more common than generally known and affects boys’ and young adolescent males’ lives emotionally and socially as well as physically. Understanding the causes of “female breasts” in males is important in order to help boys receive the correct information about their condition and the proper treatment for it.

Keywords: gynecomastia, female breasts in boys, hormones, testosterone, estrogens, plastic surgery

Author Biography

Howard W. Siegel, MD, is a retired plastic surgeon who trained at Yale University. He and David Chu, MD, pioneered in the surgical treatment of gynecomastia and other procedures.

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