Gynecomastia words to know

  • Areola: Pigmented skin surrounding the nipple.
  • Bilateral gynecomastia: A condition of over-developed or enlarged breasts in men affecting both breasts.
  • Endocrine system: A group of glands that make hormones which help to control activities in your body such as reproduction, metabolism, growth and development. Testing of your endocrine system may be done to look for signs of diabetes, thyroid disorders, growth hormone deficiency, osteoporosis, hypertension and obesity.
  • Excision: To remove the skin.
  • General anesthesia: Drugs and/or gases used during an operation to relieve pain and alter consciousness.
  • Hematoma: Blood pooling beneath the skin.
  • Intravenous sedation: Sedatives administered by injection into a vein to help you relax.
  • Liposuction: Also called lipoplasty or suction lipectomy, this procedure vacuums out fat from beneath the skin’s surface to reduce fullness.
  • Local anesthesia: A drug injected directly to the site of an incision during an operation to relieve pain.
  • Reduction mammaplasty: The surgical removal of breast tissue to reduce the size of breasts.
  • Sutures: Stitches used by surgeons to hold skin and tissue together.
  • Unilateral gynecomastia: A condition of over-developed or enlarged breasts in men affecting just one breast.