Male Breast Reduction Surgery
If you desire a more youthful slimmer physique, male breast reduction may be a good procedure for you. If you feel your male breasts are too large, breast reduction can give your male torso a more toned, muscular shape.
About half of all men today have excess localized fat and/or glandular tissue in one or both breasts. This condition is known as gynecomastia and accounts for more than 65 percent of all male breast disorders, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). Surgery with or without liposuction may be used to treat enlarged male breasts.
In most cases, the cause of enlarged breasts is unknown. Among older men, gynecomastia often results from decreasing levels of the male sex hormone testosterone, which diminishes with advancing age. In addition, men experience an increase in body fat with age and a resultant rise in the ratio of the female sex hormones (estrogen) to the male sex hormones (androgen).
Medications may also cause enlarged breasts, including:
- Anti-androgens used to treat prostate enlargement or cancer and some other conditions
- Anti-anxiety medications
- Ulcer medications
- Cancer treatments
- Heart medications
- Anabolic steroids and androgens
At Webb Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, our doctor has a special perspective in regard to his approach to breast reduction surgery for gynecomastia. Our plastic surgeon continues to be involved in competitive sports and fully understands the importance of lessening the signs of any surgery. From our work with athletes ranging from amateur fighters to competitive bodybuilders, we understand the need for thoughtful attention to the details of incision placement, wound closure, and return to training after the procedure. By utilizing the latest concepts in technology, our doctor is able to reduce scarring to an extreme minimum even if glandular tissue has to be removed. More severe cases of gynecomastia may necessitate more incisions. However, many times only a small incision blended into the inferior aspect of the areolar/skin junction is needed. Impressive amounts of fibrous glandular tissue can be removed through this small incision, and after several months the incisions fade to an almost imperceptible level. Most glandular excisions are then followed by a blending of the area with liposuction, leaving a flat chest with a smooth contour.
These procedures are performed either under local or under general anesthesia at an accredited surgery center depending upon the desires of the patient and the extent of surgery needed.