Gynecomastia Surgery (Male Breast Reduction)
What Causes Male Breast Enlargement?
Male breast tissue is called gynecomastia and this is firm and fibrous tissue, not fat. In the majority of cases, gynecomastia has no known cause. It generally appears in puberty and is often hereditary. There has found to be a prevalence of increased levels of the female hormone estrogen in men that are impacted by this condition. In certain cases, gynecomastia is caused by:
- A medical condition
- Male breast growth can be associated with certain medications
- Drug use
It is important to rule out treatable or reversible causes of gynecomastia prior to having corrective surgery.
Am I a Good Candidate for Gynecomastia Surgery?
Male breasts whether small or large can be a source of embarrassment for men of all ages. If you find yourself relating to any of these self conscious behaviors below, you might be a good candidate for male breast reduction surgery.
- Wearing loose shirts
- Avoiding nudity
- Wearing chest binders to hide breast tissue
Grades of Gynecomastia
There are multiple grades of gynecomastia, reflecting the amount of excess tissue along with how much, if any, “hang” or “sag” there is to the breast tissue.
Also known as the “Puffy Nipple”, is the most minor type of gynecomastia. It is described as a small firm disc of tissue directly behind the nipple.
This is considered moderate breast enlargement in which there is excess breast volume that fills the entire lower chest.
This grade is similar to type 2 however with skin redundancy, or mild sag as well.
The most significant type is where there is a significant amount of hanging breast tissue similar to a sagging female breast.
Each type requires it’s own approach in order to surgically create the most masculine chest appearance. Most of the time, surgical excision of the gynecomastia is the best way to sculpt the chest.
This surgery dramatically improves confidence, allowing you the freedom to be the man that you are.
Gynecomastia Treatment Options
Treatment choices include liposuction or surgery, or a combination of the two. The technique that will be determined is reflective of the grade or type of gynecomastia the patient has. If the breasts consist of mostly fatty tissue, liposuction can be used to suction out fat through incisions made in the nipples or underarm areas. For breasts with an excessive amount of glandular tissue, excision surgery, which requires cutting away excess fat, skin and tissue, can be performed. This requires a larger incision than is used with liposuction. Dr. Fisher will sit down with you and go over the best option for you.