Conditions + Treatments

Gynecomastia in Children

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Gynecomastia is a condition in which above-average amounts of breast tissue form in males.

  • This tissue is usually less than two inches wide.
  • Typically located directly under one or both nipples.

Surgical options

In most boys, gynecomastia goes away on its own with no treatment. If it doesn’t go away, however, Children’s Hospital Boston plastic surgeons can remove the extra breast tissue. The procedure is relatively easy, recovery is quick and the risk of complications is low.

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