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Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia)

Gynecomastia is a very common condition that often begins to affect males in adolescence. It is typically characterized by an excess of fat, skin, and/or glandular tissue in the breasts. The exact cause of gynecomastia is unknown, but there are a variety of factors that may potentially contribute to this condition, including:

  • Weight loss or gain
  • Heredity
  • Problems with liver function
  • Herbal testosterone additives
  • Specific prescription drugs, including blood pressure medications
  • Anabolic steroids
  • Marijuana use

This list of possible factors is not comprehensive, and for some of our patients with gynecomastia, there is no discernable cause. Many individuals find that diet and exercise often prove ineffective at addressing the condition. Fortunately, procedures such as male breast reduction surgery allow our experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Semira Bayati, to remove excess fat and skin among the breasts and successfully address the effects of gynecomastia.

Benefits of Male Breast Reduction

Our patients living with gynecomastia often suffer from low self-esteem. Oftentimes, these patients will feel uncomfortable or embarrassed when wearing form-fitting clothing or removing their shirt at the pool or beach. The benefits of male breast reduction can include:

  • Elimination of excess fat and skin
  • Removal of surplus glandular breast tissue
  • A flatter, firmer chest
  • Repositioning or resizing of the nipples and areolas

Many patients experience a boost in confidence in regard to their appearance after male breast reduction surgery and often report an overall improvement in their quality of life.

Male Breast Reduction Procedure

In some cases, enlarged male breasts are due simply to an excess of fat. For these individuals, the desired results can potentially be achieved with liposuction alone. In other cases, the enlarged breasts are due to a combination of fat and glandular breast tissue. For these patients, liposuction can typically address a large percentage of the desired volume reduction. To complete the procedure, a direct excision of the residual breast tissue under the nipple and areola may also be necessary. This additional incision can often be well-hidden in the pigmented area of the areola for results that look natural and inconspicuous after the recovery process is complete.

Male Breast Reduction Results and Recovery

Immediately following your male breast reduction surgery, you should notice a significant change. The full extent of your results should become visible as the body continues to heal. Most male breast reduction patients can return to work within one week. Patients with more physically demanding jobs may need to wait longer. Dr. Bayati recommends that patients wear a compression garment under their clothing for four to six weeks to aid in the healing process. In addition, upper body and arm exercises should be avoided for at least six weeks and general cardiovascular exercises should be avoided for at least three weeks.

If you would like to learn more about male breast reduction surgery, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Bayati, please contact us today.

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