4 questions about gynecomastia surgery

Gynecomastia can take an emotional toll on men. Some men with overdeveloped or enlarged breasts even avoid or limit certain physical activities and intimacy because of this condition. Here are four common questions about gynecomastia surgery, also known as male breast reduction surgery.

What is gynecomastia?

Men who have gynecomastia have excess localized fat, excess glandular tissue or a combination of both. It may be present in one or both breasts. It can be the result of hormonal changes, heredity, obesity or drug use.

Who is a good candidate for gynecomastia surgery?

Here are some criteria that make someone a good candidate for male breast reduction surgery:

  • You are physically healthy and of relatively normal weight. Healthy men who do not have a life-threatening illness or serious condition that can impair healing are good candidates.
  • You do not smoke or use drugs.
  • You have realistic expectations. Men who have a positive outlook and specific goals in mind will do best with this procedure.
  • Your breast development has stabilized.
  • You are bothered by the fact that your breasts are too large.
  • Your condition cannot be corrected through alternative medical treatments.

 What are the steps of the procedure?

Patients will either have intravenous sedation or general anesthesia for their comfort during surgery. Liposuction alone can be used on men who have excess fatty tissue. An excision technique removes glandular breast tissue or excess skin. Incision patterns vary depending on the surgical preference and specific condition. Each areola may be reduced or the nipple repositioned to a more natural male contour. Sometimes the surgeon will use a combination of liposuction and excision techniques.

How long will the results last?

The results are permanent for many men. If gynecomastia was the result of weight gain, certain prescription medications or drug use, you would need to remain at a stable weight and be free from these substances to maintain your results.

Gynecomastia can impact a man’s confidence and self-image. If you’re interested in learning more about male breast reduction surgery, call (718) 608-1111 today.

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