Neonatal Gynecomastia

Is your newly born baby has enlarged breasts?
Are you worried about the breast development in your baby?
Have you heard about newborn gynecomastia?

If you have never head of newborn gynecomastia and seen the condition for the first time, we can understand that you may get extremely scared and concerned about the problem. Since the babies are naturally delicate and deal with a lot of other physical threats like infections, etc, this additional condition may lead to a lot of anxiety in the parents. Well, let us tell you that this condition is fairly common in newborn baby boys and can be treated. Instead of getting panicked, it is prudent to understand this issue and ensure that it is treated on time.

Gynecomastia in newborn boys occurs as a result of maternal oestrogens and after a few weeks, it resolves on its own. According to a recent research paper, occurrence of gynecomastia in a newborn baby is prevalent and is estimated to be around 60 per cent to 90 per cent.  Although newborn gynecomastia is seen in boys more frequently, at times, newborn baby girls also suffer this condition.


Well, it is true that the evaluation of any kind of gynecomastia including the Neonatal gynecomastiacan be very complex, this condition disappears within several weeks or months, depending on the case and hence, no treatment or surgery is required to cure newborn gynecomastia. And since it is a matter of your newborn baby’s health, it is important to have a detailed consultation with the plastic surgeon or the concerned paediatric to understand the condition.

In some rigid cases, however, neonatal gynecomastia ultrasound treatment can be recommended.  Neonatal gynecomastia ultrasound works on the targeted area, ensuring that the problem is taken care without affecting the baby’s overall health.


This Gynecomastia surgery is carried out under general anaesthesia although local anaesthesia may be needed along with sedation. The result is immediate along with temporary scarring, swelling and bruising which fades out over the next four to six weeks. Pressure garments and pain medication will be prescribed and a healthy lifestyle will be advised. Complications are rare and not really severe. A good pre-op consultation eliminates any risk of complications.