Most people are familiar with the concept of breast augmentation surgery. And if a patient desires a smaller bust line, then a breast reduction can be performed. What you might not know is that male breast reduction surgerycan help men who have glandular growth or excess fatty tissue in their breast area.

This excessive breast issue, called gynecomastia, can occur for several reasons. It can be hereditary or the result of significant weight gain. Some medications can cause gynecomastia as a side effect, and some doctors think the condition can also be brought about by alcoholism or using drugs like anabolic steroids. Your doctor will discuss your medical history in your initial consultation. They may also request that you have a mammogram to rule out the presence of a tumor.

How does male breast reduction surgery work?

  • Begin by consulting with a board-certified plastic surgeon. They’ll begin with an examination to determine the cause of your gynecomastia.
  • If you’re a good candidate for surgery, you’ll then discuss your goals for the procedure with the doctor.
  • There are several different types of male breast reduction surgery. Which one is right for you is partially determined by the amount of tissue that needs to be removed and whether this tissue is fatty or the result of glandular issues.
  • Your surgery may include liposuction and/or some removal of skin. Your doctor will make that determination with your input.

While male breast reduction surgery is safe, it is still surgery. That means you can expect to take some recovery time afterward. Refraining from smoking or being around smokers can lead to better recovery outcomes.

To find out more about male breast reduction surgery, set up an appointment to speak with a plastic surgeon in your area. They can help you decide if you want to pursue surgery and what results you can expect.

Dr. Elizabeth Harris is retiring, she will no longer be doing surgeries, but she will be available for existing patients until January 31st, 2023.DIRECTIONS