Grey’s Anatomy Features Teenage Gynecomastia Patient

All of you out there who are avid network TV watchers (like some of us are) may have seen last week’s episode of ABC’s long time hit Grey’s Anatomy, in which a young, 13 year old boy underwent male breast reduction surgery.  The character’s over-sized breasts were attributed to a condition known as gynecomastia.

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Effecting a large number of males (40-60% according to 2008 statistics), gynecomastia is the presence of excess fat or glandular tissue in the male breast causing an over-feminized appearance.  Though often exhibited in teenage boys that have recently gone through puberty (like the Grey’s character), the condition is attributed to numerous causes including:  spiked estrogen levels during puberty, taking certain medications, anabolic steroid use, and weight gain.

If gynecomastia is drug or weight induced, many plastic surgeons will first suggest adopting a healthier life style (i.e.- diet and exercise or stopping steroid use).  However, if this isn’t the case, a board certified plastic surgeon, like Dr. David Whiteman can remove the excess fat via liposuction and then surgically excise any remaining glandular tissue.  While this procedure is not complicated, usually taking about an hour to complete, male breast reduction results can be life changing.

To learn more about gynecomastia surgery or the other breast surgeries offered at Southern Plastic Surgery such as:  breast augmentation/ breast enhancement, breast reduction, breast lift (mastopexy), or breast revision surgery visit our website or read our blog.

Real Housewives of Atlanta Star Nene Leakes’ Plastic Surgery


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Gwinnett’s own Dr. David Whiteman, founder of Southern Plastic Surgery, was showcased in    consultation with Nene Leakes of The Real Housewives of Atlanta.

What: Dr. David Whiteman performed the reality star’s rhinoplasty, breast lift (mastopexy), breast revision (breast implant removal and breast augmentation), and body contouring (liposuction) cosmetic procedures in April.

When: Whiteman performed Nene’s plastic surgeries in April and is seen during pre-surgery consultation video from Bravo’s Monday night episode of The Real Housewives of Atlanta.

Where: Nene Leakes stayed true to her Atlanta ties in choosing a local cosmetic surgeon.  Dr. David Whiteman operates out of Gwinnett Medical Center and has his Southern Plastic Surgery P.C. office in Duluth, GA.

Why: Dr. Whiteman suggested the cosmetic procedures to Nene after a thorough consultation in which the “housewife” expressed dislike of the back and chest pain caused by her large breast size, her large nostrils, and small amounts of excess fat around her mid section.

To learn more about how the breast augmentation, breast lift, rhinoplasty (nose surgery), and liposuction procedures, like Nene received, are performed visit Dr. Whiteman’s website or read his blog.