Unhappy with Your Chest? Consider Breast Reduction

If you wish you had a flatter, firmer, or more masculine chest profile, you’re not alone. Every year in the United States, more than 24,000 men opt to undergo gynecomastia surgery, which is male breast reduction.

Gynecomastia (male breast enlargement) is a common condition that affects up to half of all men at some point in their lives. It occurs when the breast mounds develop excess glandular tissue, often because of an underlying hormonal imbalance.

If you’re dealing with breast enlargement on one or both sides of your chest, board-certified plastic surgeon and gynecomastia expert Craig A. Foster, MD, FACS, can help. Here’s how male breast reduction surgery restores your physique and your confidence. 

Understanding gynecomastia

Excess fatty deposits are a common feature of gynecomastia, but they’re not the main problem, as glandular tissue growth is what causes enlarged or overdeveloped male breasts. 

This abnormal overgrowth is typically driven by an imbalance between the male reproductive hormone testosterone and the female reproductive hormone estrogen. If this imbalance occurs during puberty, the problem usually corrects itself by adulthood. 

When the condition develops during adulthood, however, it isn’t likely to resolve itself. That’s because hormonal imbalances in adulthood are usually related to age-related hormonal shifts, a medical condition that affects hormone balance, or medication that alters hormone levels. 

What is male breast reduction surgery?

Male breast reduction surgery aims to restore a flatter, more masculine contour to your chest by removing excess glandular tissue and sculpting away any fat deposits that contribute to the appearance of larger breast mounds.

Results are permanent, provided your weight remains stable and you don’t take any hormone-altering medications that could lead to the condition’s recurrence. 

Is breast reduction surgery right for me?

Even though most cases of gynecomastia aren’t caused by a serious medical condition, it’s still important to see your primary care physician to rule out the possibility before you can resolve the problem surgically.

Your reasons for wanting a breast reduction may be highly personal, but most men who opt to undergo this highly effective procedure are dissatisfied with the size or contour of their chest — sometimes to the point of physical discomfort and diminished self-confidence.

Enlarged breasts may make you feel reluctant to engage in activities that require you to remove your shirt. They may also leave you feeling less secure about your body in intimate situations.

If you haven’t been able to improve the appearance of your chest through diet and exercise, breast reduction surgery is an effective way to achieve a flatter, more masculine chest contour.

To ensure the best possible results, you should be at a relatively healthy body weight (no more than 40 pounds overweight). Good skin elasticity is also important, as your skin must be able to contract back into place following the procedure. 

You may not be a good candidate for breast reduction surgery if you drink excessively, smoke, or take steroids. Alcohol and steroids can contribute to the redevelopment of gynecomastia, while smoking can interfere with postsurgical healing and recovery.

A highly individualized approach

While all breast reduction surgeries have the same basic goal — to flatten, firm, and redefine your chest — Dr. Foster may use a variety of surgical techniques to achieve those objectives. 

To determine which surgical approach is best suited to your physique and cosmetic goals, Dr. Foster assesses the glandular tissues and fatty deposits that make up your breasts, evaluates your skin and underlying muscle tone, and examines the quality and location of your nipples.

Whenever possible, he performs breast reduction surgery with minimally invasive techniques that come with a quicker recovery, shorter postsurgical downtime, and less noticeable scars. 

To learn more about male breast reduction surgery or schedule a consultation with Dr. Foster at our office in Manhattan, New York City, call 212-744-5011 today.

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