Male Breast Reduction
What can Male Breast Reduction do for you?
Excessive male breast tissue, gynecomastia, affects an estimated 40 to 60 percent of the male population, and can occur in one or both breasts. It occurs for a variety of reasons (and sometimes with no obvious cause found), and can result in emotional discomfort and lack of self-confidence. Male Breast Reduction can remove excess skin, fat, and glandular tissue around the chest area.
In cases where gynecomastia is the result of excess fatty tissue, this tissue can be removed through liposuction alone, leaving only a small scar behind.
If gynecomastia is a result of excess glandular or heavier breast tissue near the areola, a full excision procedure will have to be performed. With this procedure the glandular tissue and excess skin is removed and then the nipple repositioned and the areola resized. Male breast reduction can help reduce breast size and enhance the chest contour, resulting in a more aesthetically pleasing male chest, which can improve self-image.
If you are looking for smaller, more firm and aesthetically pleasing chest or if you need to address gynecomastia, a male breast reduction may be the right procedure for you.
What to discuss with your surgeon
When thinking about male breast reduction, it is important to consult with a doctor to to discuss any questions or concerns you may have and to determine if a Male Breast Reduction is right for you. You should have realistic expectations about the procedure, be physically healthy and of a relatively normal weight, and unable to reduce your breast size through diet and exercise. You should also have firm, elastic skin in the breast area.
It is important to discuss why you would like to have the surgery and to discuss your medical history, including any diseases such as impaired endocrine or liver function, diabetes, thyroid disorders, high blood pressure and any cardiovascular or circulatory disorders. Certain diseases, medical conditions, disorders or any thing that affects the production of testosterone including tumors affecting the testes or certain glands can contribute to gynecomastia. You should discuss your history of previous surgeries and fully disclose the usage of prescription and over-the-counter medications, supplements, vitamins, alcohol, tobacco or drugs. Several kinds of medications or alcohol and substance abuse can contribute enlarged breasts. In addition, these can all affect your male breast reduction surgery, your healing and recovery, and the final outcome of your procedure.
Your doctor will most likely try to determine the underlying cause of your enlarged breasts and may perform physical exams or diagnostic tests to do so.