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Gynecomastia is usually a benign (very rarely malignant) growth of the mammary gland in men. Gynecomastia usually occurs on both sides, but in rare cases can occur on just one side.

Gynecomastia is very stressful for most men. In a surgical procedure, Dr. Colette Carmen Camenisch removes the excess mammary gland tissue with an incision around the nipple, helping the affected men regain a flat and masculine chest.

However, not all men with upsetting breast tissue suffer from gynecomastia. Some men only have fat accumulation in the chest area, known as “lipomastia” or “pseudogynecomastia.” In this case, the fat can be removed with liposuction.

A particular form of gynecomastia is pubertal gynecomastia, casued by an imbalance of sex hormones. It is a significant psychological burden for young men. They avoid swimming pools, sports events and all other activities that require them to show themselves bare-chested.

Gynecomastia is also possible in old age, as the production of testosterone decreases and more estrogens accumulate in adipose tissue. Both effects can cause mammary gland tissue to begin to grow.

If affected men suffer from feelings of tension, restriction in movement or nipples that are particularly sensitive to touch, additional hormone tests are necessary.

Recommended massages after treatment

Treatment information


Approx. 45 minutes to two hours

Hospital stay

Outpatient or inpatient (with overnight stay), as required


Post-operative bleeding, infections, seroma formation (water retention in the wound) sensory disorders, unsightly scars


The cost of such an operation varies and is agreed upon in advance


General anesthesia

Ability to work

After four to seven days


Tight fitting compression bandage/corset for approx. four to six weeks, during which time exercise is prohibited


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