Men Can Have Breast Reduction Surgery, Too

It isn’t just women who sometimes decide to change the size and contour of their breasts — plenty of men turn to cosmetic surgery to improve the appearance of their chests, too.

Each year in the United States, more than 20,000 men opt to undergo breast reduction surgery to address a common male problem called gynecomastia, which is male breast enlargement caused by excess glandular tissue formation.

Cosmetic breast specialist Craig A. Foster, MD, FACS, offers the latest advancements in male breast reduction surgery — also known as gynecomastia surgery — to provide excellent results, a quick recovery, and virtually imperceptible scars. Here’s what you should know.

What is gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia, which is atypically large male breasts, is a result of a fundamental imbalance between the male reproductive hormone testosterone and the female reproductive hormone estrogen.

 When an adolescent boy or a man has abnormally high estrogen levels, it triggers the production of excess glandular breast tissue and causes their pectoral area to grow, in much the same way that estrogen drives female breast growth.

At least half of adolescent boys experience some degree of gynecomastia during puberty, but the hormonal shifts that take place as they progress toward adulthood usually lead to a flatter chest contour by about the age of 20.

Even so, about three in five men experience noticeable breast enlargement during adulthood. While it’s often a result of natural, age-related hormonal changes, gynecomastia can also be triggered by excess alcohol consumption or a medical condition that disrupts hormone balance. 

Male breast reduction basics

Male breast reduction is a highly effective procedure that uses a variety of advanced surgical techniques to remove excess glandular and fatty tissues and restore a flatter, firmer chest that has a more masculine contour.

To determine which surgical approach is best for you, Dr. Foster evaluates the glandular and fatty components of your breast tissue, the quality of your underlying pectoral muscles, the amount of excess pectoral skin you have, and the location of your nipples. 

If you have a lot of excess glandular tissue, fatty tissue, or skin, a traditional open surgical mastectomy and skin resection may be the best solution. 

If your condition is less pronounced, you may be a suitable candidate for minimally invasive endoscopic gynecomastia surgery or even a more straightforward liposuction-assisted breast reduction. 

To perform a minimally invasive endoscopic male breast reduction, Dr. Foster makes small, almost imperceptible incisions along the edges of your areolas. After using liposuction to loosen and remove excess fat deposits, he pulls out the excess glandular tissue through the incision.

Major results, minimal disruption

Whenever possible, Dr. Foster uses the least invasive surgical technique (or combination of techniques) to perform male breast reduction. For most patients, this translates to a trimmer, more contoured chest profile with a faster recovery and minimal post-surgical downtime.

Wearing a compression garment supports your new chest contour and helps minimize swelling as you heal. If you feel a bit sore during your first three days of recovery, over-the-counter pain relievers should provide adequate relief. Most men can resume their normal routine in about a week.

You can expect to see a flatter chest immediately after your procedure, with improved results as postsurgical swelling subsides. You can also expect your new physique to last indefinitely, as long as you maintain a stable body weight and avoid taking any medications (i.e. steroids) that can affect your testosterone levels. 

If you’re ready to find out how you can benefit from male breast reduction surgery, Dr. Foster and his team can help. Call 212-744-5011 to schedule a visit at our office on Park Avenue in Manhattan, New York City.

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