Gynecomastia is the medical term for enlargement of the male breast. While enlarged breasts are a normal transient occurrence in about 70% of boys going through puberty, only 1% of adult men experience the condition in varying degrees. It is important that a physician determines if the enlargement is a result of abnormal breast glands or if the problem is an excess amount of fat in the breast area due to weight gain. It is also possible that intense chest workouts can cause breasts to appear more prominent because of increased bulk in the pectoral muscles underneath the breasts. Surgery to correct gynecomastia can be performed on healthy, emotionally stable men of any age, but may be discouraged for obese men, or for overweight men who have not first attempted to correct the problem with exercise or weight loss. Men who drink a lot of alcohol or use marijuana are usually not considered good candidates for surgery. Alcohol and marijuana are known to be associated strongly with the condition, as well as current or prior use of anabolic steroids. A good plastic surgeon will require that the patient discontinues use of any of those substances before considering surgery.Request a Consultation
John W. Decorato, M.D. began his private practice in Plastic Surgery in 1993. He completed residency training in Plastic Surgery from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Decorato is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery - the only board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties to certify surgeons to perform aesthetic plastic surgery.
Dr. Decorato is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the New York Regional Society of Plastic Surgeons and the Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
For the convenience and privacy of his patients, Dr. Decorato offers an ambulatory surgery center on Staten Island. He is also affiliated with several New York area hospitals, including Staten Island University Hospital and Richmond University Medical Center
Your choice of plastic surgeons is essential to a successful and gratifying result. This decision should be based upon the development of a comfortable professional relationship with your surgeon. Dr. Decorato believes that a well-informed patient, who can actively participate in the discussion about the desired procedure, is a fundamental element of a successful outcome.
Please review the information provided in this website regarding plastic surgery treatments you may find beneficial. Dr. Decorato is available to answer your questions about specific procedures by e-mail or a personalized consultation.