Gynecomastia is a very common condition among men. Characterized by an enlargement of the male breasts, gynecomastia can have a pronounced impact on one’s self esteem. With male breast reduction surgery, our plastic surgeons at New York Plastic Surgical Group can remove excess fat, skin, and/or glandular tissue from the breasts and give the chest a recontoured and renewed appearance.
To learn more about male breast reduction, or to schedule a consultation here at NYPSG, please contact our office today.
What causes gynecomastia?
For most men, gynecomastia begins to develop in adolescence. It has been estimated to affect approximately 40-60% of adults. The medical community is still unsure of the exact cause of gynecomastia; however, the following factors are believed to possibly contribute to this condition:
- Irregularities in testicular hormone production
- Liver function irregularities
- Certain prescription medications)
- Steroid use
- Marijuana use
- Herbal testosterone additives
- Klinefelter Syndrome
- Gilbert’s Syndrome
- Certain prescription and over the counter medication
Fortunately, men do not need to live with gynecomastia. Male breast reduction surgery can successfully re-contour the chest for a more toned appearance.
Male Breast Reduction Procedure
During the consultation process, your NYPSG plastic surgeon will perform a physical examination, discuss your expectations, and determine if you are a good candidate for male breast reduction. Male breast reduction surgery is not intended for patients who are trying to lose weight. Traditional weight loss methods are recommended before undergoing male breast reduction surgery.
In most cases, our plastic surgeon will begin the male breast reduction process by making an incision around the areola or in the armpit. This allows the doctor to remove any excess fat, skin, or glandular breast tissue. Depending upon the needs of the patient, liposuction may be used to assist in fat reduction. The male breast reduction surgery is most often performed as an outpatient procedure and can typically be completed in one to two hours.
Male Breast Reduction Recovery and Results
Patients will likely experience mild swelling or bruising after male breast reduction surgery, though these side effects should resolve quickly. Most individuals can expect to return to their normal activities a few days after the procedure. Residual scarring from the incisions is typically very light and barely noticeable. Our doctor will talk with you about all aspects of the surgical and recovery process with you during the initial consultation and answer any questions you may have.
For more information on male breast reduction surgery, or to schedule a consultation with one of our plastic surgeons, please contact NYPSG today.