Breast Reduction Surgery for Gynecomastia (Man Boobs)
Updated: Nov 6, 2020
For men who have hidden their torso beneath loose fitted clothing and avoided the beaches and pools, there is a solution. Breast reduction surgery for men is more common than you may think. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), there was a 14% increase in male breast reduction procedures from 2013 to 2014 alone and the surgery was one of the top 5 cosmetic procedures performed on men in 2014.
Gynecomastia, also referred to as enlarged male breast tissue (a.k.a. man boobs), is swelling of the breast tissue in boys or men. The causes of this condition include an imbalance of the hormones estrogen and testosterone, heredity, obesity, or the use of certain drugs and can affect one or both breasts, sometimes unevenly. Though gynecomastia isn’t a medically serious problem, it can cause embarrassment and impair your self-confidence. A solution for men suffering from gynecomastia is cosmetic male breast reduction surgery to create a more masculine chest appearance.
Breast Reduction Methods
Male breast reduction methods include liposuction of the chest area, cutting out excess glandular tissue, or using a combination of liposuction and excision. The type of technique depends on the patient’s anatomy and skin redundancy. The most common incision is the peri-areolar incision, which extends along the bottom half of the areola in the pigmented portion providing the most scar concealment. With liposuction assisted breast reduction there are less postoperative complications, however this technique is not effective for correcting glandular gynecomastia. Severe cases may require removal of excess skin resulting in the repositioning of the nipple. Each patient will be examined to assess the fatty and glandular components of the breast to determine which method will deliver the best results.