Gynecomastia is a condition where men develop overly large breasts (sometimes referred to as “man boobs”) that resemble those belonging to women. Gynecomastia can impact a man’s confidence and self-esteem, and make him feel less masculine. This condition can develop due to one or more factors, such as weight gain, obesity, poor nutrition, an overactive thyroid, certain medications, and an increase in estrogen.
In some cases, men can treat gynecomastia through regular cardio exercise, strength training, and optimal nutrition. But when diet and exercise fail to reduce the size of male breasts, breast reduction surgery can help.
If you’re a male who’s suffering from gynecomastia, schedule a consultation with Monarch Plastic Surgery to learn more about cosmetic treatments that can help you reduce your chest size.
When to consider male breast reduction
Male breast reduction can be achieved in one or more ways, depending on your unique body type. Meeting with an experienced, board-certified cosmetic surgeon is the most ideal way to determine which procedures will work best for you.
Breast reduction may involve the removal of excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin through surgery, or may require liposuction to remove stubborn pockets of fat and re-sculpt the chest area. In some cases, breast reduction surgery and liposuction can be combined to produce the best results.
You may want to consider treatment for gynecomastia if:
- You experience physical discomfort due to having large breasts.
- You have lower self-esteem and confidence due to having large breasts.
- You feel self-conscious about removing your shirt in front of others, including your partner.
- You want to improve your overall body proportions.
- Diet and exercise have failed to treat your condition.
The best candidates for male breast reduction
After you’ve made the decision to seek breast reduction treatment for gynecomastia, your next step is to determine whether you’re an ideal candidate for surgery.
Ideal candidates for male breast reduction generally have good skin elasticity, and are not significantly overweight. Following the removal of excess skin during surgery, your skin must have enough elasticity to contract across your chest region. If your chest has endured sun damage or has excess stretch marks, your skin may not have optimal elasticity.
Ideal candidates also do not drink an excess amount of alcohol, or use marijuana and steroids. These substances have been shown to cause and worsen gynecomastia, in which case breast reduction surgery would not be entirely effective for men who practice these lifestyle habits.
If you’re still unsure whether you’re an ideal candidate for male breast reduction, consult with your cosmetic surgeon to determine candidacy, and your options for improving gynecomastia.
Should you choose male breast reduction surgery?
Keep in mind that treating gynecomastia through male breast reduction can help enhance your existing look, but won’t necessarily change your entire physical appearance. Talk to your cosmetic surgeon about realistic results you can expect by having surgery, and make sure your decision is for you, and you alone.
Following breast reduction surgery, you must exercise regularly and practice good nutrition to maintain long-lasting results. This will also help prevent weight gain, which could lead to the redevelopment of overly large male breasts.
Are you unhappy with the size and appearance of your breasts? If so, schedule a consultation with Monarch Plastic Surgery to learn more about how breast reduction surgery can help men with gynecomastia. Our team of experienced, board-certified cosmetic surgeons will guide you toward choosing the ideal surgical treatment that can help you restore your confidence, self-esteem, and the way you feel about your body.