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I have what my gynecologist calls excess breast tissue in my armpits. I am 42 and...

Q:

I have what my gynecologist calls excess breast tissue in my armpits. I am 42 and very self-conscious, especially when I wear a swimsuit or sleeveless top. I have never read anything about this and wanted to know if there was a procedure to remove it.

A:

People with this condition may be treated, but the specific technique, as well as the degree of improvement, depends on a number of specific factors. How much of this excess is fat, mammary gland, muscle and/or skin must first be determined. You are correct that there is not a lot of patient education information about this condition or its treatment, but a board-certified plastic surgeon can help. I recommend that you seek evaluation by an ASAPS member in your area.

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