Male Breast Reduction
Breast reduction in males is a personal decision. We want to help you be confident in your appearance.
Breast reduction for males removes fat and or glandular tissue from the breasts. This results in a flatter, firmer and better contoured chest. Enlarged male breasts, known as gynecomastia, is actually a quite common condition affecting 40-60 percent of men. It may affect only one breast or both. There is usually no known cause, but a small number of cases may be due to certain drugs or medical problems.
The main reason for male breast reduction is to feel more comfortable with the appearance of your chest.
We want you to be informed before making your choices. Our caring team will take the time to listen to your needs and fully explain everything. We will develop a personal plan customized for your needs. You can feel confident in our excellent care.
Your surgeon will ask about your goals and will discuss:
- Physical condition
Breast reduction in males works best if you have firm, elastic skin that will reshape to the new contours. If you are obese or overweight, you may be encouraged to try exercise or weight loss first to correct the condition without surgery. If you drink alcohol excessively, smoke marijuana or use anabolic steroids, these may cause breast enlargement in males. You will be encouraged to discontinue use to see if the condition corrects itself. Your surgeon will do an exam to determine if your enlarged breasts are due to a medical condition. You’ll be referred to an appropriate specialist if this is the case.
There may be noticeable scars from the surgery. These will fade over time. You may also have permanent pigment changes in the breast area, or slightly mismatched breasts or nipples. If you are a smoker, it may cause poor healing and wider scars. You’ll be asked to stop smoking for a length of time.
If your breast enlargement is caused by excess glandular tissue, the surgery may be done alone or in combination with liposuction. If the cause is mostly fatty tissue, liposuction alone may be used to remove the excess fat. In extreme cases, excess skin many need to be removed to allow the skin to adjust to the new breast contour. Your surgeon will make his/her recommendation based on your particular situation.
Each breast reduction procedure is based on an individual’s body and goals. We would be happy to schedule a consultation to answer any questions you may have and provide our recommendation on what we think is best for your situation. You will be well taken care of at HealthPartners Plastic Surgery. We are confident you will be pleased with the results.