Breast Reduction for Men: Gynecomastia Treatment Makes You Look More Masculine

By Peter Fisher, MD on April 20, 2015

A man's torso in the sunWhen patients visit Dr. Peter Fisher at San Antonio Plastic Surgery Center, they can undergo body contouring surgery that makes them look toned and trim. Thanks to breast surgery procedures that enhance curves and sculpt better body contours, a patient can look and feel his or her very best.

Much is discussed when it comes to breast enhancement surgery for women, but there are also procedures that men can undergo to improve the appearance of their chests. Let's consider the condition known as gynecomastia and what can be done about it.

What is gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia is a medical term for a condition in which men have chests that are effeminate in appearance. This means that instead of having a traditional masculine chest, a man may have a chest that looks more like a woman's breasts. Gynecomastia often occurs in boys and men as a result of hormonal changes, and it can be very pronounced during puberty.

Not necessarily related to gynecomastia per se, it is possible for a man to develop effeminate breasts as a result of excessive weight gain.

Self-Confidence Issues Related to Effeminate Breasts on Men

Given the way that gynecomastia and excessive weight can cause issues with body contour, it should come as no surprise that men who have effeminate chests feel self-conscious about the condition. They may feel uncomfortable swimming or going to beaches, and they may also feel ashamed about wearing certain kinds of clothes.

Ideal Candidates for Gynecomastia Surgery

The best candidates for gynecomastia treatment are men in good health and are concerned about their body contour. It's important that candidates for the procedure not suffer from any kinds of medical conditions that would make a body contouring surgery a risky endeavor.

It's of the utmost importance that patients know all of the risks and benefits associated with the male breast reduction procedure. This helps patients have realistic expectations about the surgery and what it entails, and it also helps patients understand the overall nature of the surgery that they will undergo.

The Male Breast Reduction Procedure

There are different ways that a male breast reduction can be performed.

In some cases, only liposuction will be necessary to improve the overall shape and contour of a man's chest. The carefully considered fat removal can make a major difference with regard to your overall body contour.

In other cases, a cosmetic surgeon will need to make careful incisions along the underside of a man's chest and along the edge of the aerola (the dark portion of skin surrounding the nipple). Through these incision, excess fat and glandular tissue is removed and the underlying structures of the chest are revised.

Is there scarring after male breast reduction surgery?

Scars will form after any surgery, but rest assured that all efforts are taken in order to hide incisions from view. Because the incisions are made along the natural creases of the skin and along the areola, they tend to blend in rather well and are difficult to detect. Major scarring issues can be avoided by following your instructions for post-operative care to the letter.

Speak with the Team at San Antonio Plastic Surgery Center

For more information about your many surgical options for treating enlarged male breasts, be sure to contact our cosmetic plastic surgery center today. Dr. Fisher and his entire team look forward to your visit and helping you achieve the best aesthetic results possible.

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