Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia)

Men sometimes develop excess tissue in the breasts. Clinically, this is called gynecomastia, but most men don’t think of the condition as anything more than having some extra weight and it showing in their breasts.  This can make a man consciously avoid situations where he has to remove his shirt such as at the beach or when out on a boat. It can be very embarrassing.

Many men may feel like they need to live with this condition, but the plastic surgeons at Elite Plastic Surgery can perform male breast reduction, giving them back their self-esteem and confidence.

What is Gynecomastia (Male Breast Reduction)?

Gynecomastia, or male development of breast tissue, occurs in as many as 40 – 60% of men. The cause is not always known, but the incidence increases with certain drugs (digitalis, anabolic steroids, Tagamet, and spironolactone), use of marijuana or alcohol, and obesity. This condition can cause extreme embarrassment, social inhibition and self-consciousness for boys and men who suffer from it.

This procedure is designed to restore a more masculine appearance to the male chest, using a combination of breast tissue removal and liposuction to improve chest wall contour. The result is a flatter, firmer and more masculine-looking chest.

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What are the causes of Gynecomastia?

The causes of breast enlargement in men are not fully understood. The condition is prevalent in pubescent boys, with up to 70% having it to some degree, due to elevated estrogen and testosterone levels during those years. Teenage gynecomastia usually goes away as hormone levels return to normal after puberty.

For middle-aged men, hormones can also be involved due to fluctuations that accompany normal aging. Drug use can also be a factor.  Certain medicines are more often the cause of male breast enlargement.

Taking these medicines can trigger the condition:

  • Certain antibiotics
  • AIDS treatment drugs
  • Steroids
  • Anti-anxiety medicines
  • Anti-depressants
  • Heartburn-reducing drugs

Who is a good candidate for male breast reduction?

Men with excess fatty tissue and firm, rubbery glandular tissue under the nipple area are good candidates.  Men whose breasts have grown as part of weight gain aren’t candidates for male breast reduction surgery. In these cases, the patients need to first lose the excess weight and then see if the condition persists. Also, heavy drinkers and marijuana smokers are not eligible for the surgery.

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If you’re considering a male breast reduction, detailed information can be found at http://www.plasticsurgery.org/Cosmetic-Procedures/Breast-Reduction-for-Men.html

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