What are the treatment options for gynecomastia?

Updated: Mar 22, 2018
  • Author: George Ansstas, MD; Chief Editor: George T Griffing, MD  more...
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General management considerations are as follows:

  • As a rule, no treatment is required for physiologic gynecomastia

  • Pubertal gynecomastia resolves spontaneously within several weeks to 3 years in most patients; breasts larger than 4 cm in diameter may not regress completely

  • Identifying and managing an underlying primary disorder often alleviates breast enlargement

  • For patients with idiopathic gynecomastia or with residual gynecomastia after treatment of the primary cause, medical or surgical treatment may be considered.

  • If medical therapies are used, they should be tried early in the condition’s course


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