What is Male Breast Reduction Surgery?

Overview

Published: 12/12/2011

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Though not considered a serious medical condition, enlarged breasts in men can be both painful and embarrassing. Called gynecomastia, this condition is often the result of fluctuating hormones due to natural aging or certain types of medications and diseases. As some men age, breast enlargement may begin due to decreasing levels of testosterone. Excessive body fat can also lead to breast enlargement, as can certain types of medications and some diseases. If your condition is owed to medication and or excessive body fat, your doctor may recommend changes in your lifestyle instead of surgery. For those unable to reduce excess breast tissue through lifestyle changes, breast reduction surgery is the only option.

 



 

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, gynecomastia accounts for approximately 65 percent of all male breast tissue disorders. If excess breast tissue is causing you discomfort and/or shame, male breast reduction surgery may be able to pave the way toward a better, more confident you.

 



 

Typically male breast reduction surgery is performed on an outpatient basis and the surgery may be performed in a surgeon's office or in a hospital, while the patient is under either local or general anesthesia. The procedure usually takes about an hour and a half; however, extensive reduction can take longer. If the breast enlargement is owed to excess fatty tissue, liposuction may be used. If enlargement is due to excessive glandular tissue, the surgeon may remove the tissue using a scalpel. Once surgery is complete, the surgeon may insert a small drain through a different incision to eliminate excess fluids. Once all incisions are closed, the chest is dressed and wrapped to keep the skin firmly in place.

 

 

 

As with any plastic or cosmetic surgery procedure, it is important for you to consult with a skilled and qualified plastic surgeon that is familiar with male breast reduction surgery. If you are contemplating whether this surgery may be an option for you, keep in mind there are always risks when undergoing surgery. We cannot stress the importance of doing your research and if you need help finding a local doctor, FloridaPlasticSurgeons.com has pre screened local surgeons in your area. So feel confident when scheduling your consultation with one of our member surgeons to find out if you are a candidate for male breast reduction surgery.