Male Breast Reduction
Gynecomastia, the medical term for men’s breasts that appear enlarged, is a very common condition affecting 40-60% of men. Long Island Plastic Surgical Group offers discreet, confidential treatment for men seeking to correct this condition, which frequently causes self-consciousness and, in some cases, depression. The reduction surgery not only removes excess fat and tissue from the breasts, but can also go a long way toward restoring self-esteem.
Although the exact cause of gynecomastia is unknown, possible causes of the condition include:
- Natural aging
- Some prescription medications and medications containing estrogen
- Anabolic steroid use
- Use of herbal testosterone additives
- Klinefelter Syndrome
- Gilbert’s Syndrome
- Testicular hormone production irregularities
- Problems with liver function
Men seeking breast reduction surgery are often those who are not considered obese. Patients who are overweight are frequently advised to try traditional weight loss methods before having a breast reduction procedure. Male breast reduction surgery is not recommended for men who drink excessive amounts of alcohol or who smoke marijuana, as both have been linked to gynecomastia.
A Long Island Plastic Surgical Group surgeon will meet with you in a private consultation to discuss all aspects of male breast reduction surgery. You will be encouraged to ask questions and voice any concerns, and our surgeon will work with you to determine your candidacy and whether male breast reduction can meet your ultimate goals. We also offer 3-D Vectra imaging, a technology that enables patients to envision how they may look after surgery by viewing a 3-D computer model of the likely outcome.
Male Breast Reduction Procedure
During male breast reduction surgery, the surgeon makes small incisions hidden in the armpit or around the areola (the dark-pigmented area surrounding the nipple). Excess skin, fat and/or glandular tissue will be removed, and liposuction may also be employed to suction out extra fat. The length of the procedure will depend on the extent of your condition. Male breast reduction procedures are typically performed as an outpatient under general anesthesia, and take one to two hours to complete.
Male Breast Reduction Recovery
Patients can expect to experience some swelling and discomfort after surgery, but this should dissipate fairly quickly. Male breast reduction surgery patients can typically resume their normal daily routines within a few days of the procedure.
For more information on male breast reduction, or to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our surgeons, please call 516-504-3014.
To see actual photographs documenting patients before and after surgery, please refer to our Gynecomastia Photo Gallery.