Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia)

Although gynecomastia is rarely discussed, enlarged male breasts are a common condition. Gynecomastia affects approximately 40 to 60 percent of men. There are known causes for large male breasts. There is a correlation with various drugs and/or medical conditions such as obesity, usage of steroids and/or other substances like marijuana which may cause the gynecomastia condition.

Men who feel self-conscious about their appearance are helped with breast reduction surgery. The procedure removes fat and/or glandular tissue from the breasts, and in extreme cases excess skin may need to be removed, resulting in a contoured chest that is flatter and firmer.

Have you ever noticed that no matter what type of exercising you do, your chest area never seems to improve? Does your chest skin always seem to stay slack (too elastic) and suffer from looseness (laxity)? Do your breasts seem full of fatty tissue or abnormally large? Good skin elasticity is desirable since it makes for a smooth surface contour. Tight skin is generally seen in the very young and is gradually lost as we age. Even through middle age, however, we retain some elasticity. If you are not obese, the skin envelope can always shrink and adjust to a reduced profile following a male breast reduction procedure.

Excessive breast growth in men is a medical condition called Gynecomastia. Male breast reduction surgery typically reduces the size of the male breasts and reduces puffy nipples. After most male breast reduction procedures, men report a stronger, firmer chest that looks and feels more masculine, and as a result, a better self-image and higher confidence.

Should a man over 40 have this condition, typically there might be laxity of the skin with some sagging of the breasts. This can be caused from excess fatty or glandular tissue. Men of virtually any age who are self-conscious about their looks are good candidates for the male breast reduction procedure.

Depending on the cause, one of two procedures can be done. The first method is liposuction where the fatty deposits are suctioned out of the breast are through a small incision. The second method requires a small incision at the bottom of the areola and the excess breast tissue is removed. A combination of the two procedures is recommended to achieve an improved and more masculine chest contour. An adequate excision of the glandular tissue will usually prevent recurrence after the surgery.

As with all cosmetic surgery, results will be rewarding if expectations are realistic. As with any surgery, there are some risks which your doctor will discuss with you.

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