Somewhere between 40-60% of the male population will experience gynecomastia at some point in their life. If you’re not familiar with this condition, it gets its name from the female-like appearance that happens to the male breasts.
Affecting one or more breasts and extending often times to the breast glands, nipples, and fatty tissue…this medical condition is caused by an imbalance in hormones.
Specifically, when testosterone (male sex hormones) and estrogen (female sex hormones) become out of balance, too much estrogen in men can cause the breast tissue to overdevelop.
Causes of Gynecomastia
This condition is treatable with surgical intervention. First, however, if you’re battling with male breast enlargement, see your doctor first for a blood test to rule out an underlying disease or condition. Rarely, a disease can trigger the breast to grow, but usually it is due to one of the following causes:
- Certain prescription medications
- Age-related factors (during puberty and after 50)
- Substance abuse (heroin or methamphetamines)
- Alcohol abuse
- Marijuana use
Treatment for Gynecomastia: Male Breast Reduction Surgery
The only fix for enlarged breasts is male breast reduction surgery. This procedure is specially designed to be the most effective means of attacking the shape, volume, and texture of the breasts so that they can be returned to a masculine shape once again.
Resolving a “B” or “C” cup sized breast is as simple as laser liposuction in our NYC and Long Island plastic surgery centers. Our specialists are board certified and have decades of experience removing excess fat using laser liposuction and tumescent liposuction from the breasts.
This helps them lie flat against the chest wall and appear normal with a masculine contour. Patients rave that they are once again able to “take my shirt off without embarrassment.”
The tissue underneath the nipples is called glandular tissue, or breast glands. This dense tissue can overdevelop as a result of gynecomastia and can only be removed through surgical intervention.
In male breast reduction surgery, the glands are manually excised (cut away) using a gentle touch and a discreet incision carefully places along the border of the nipple (areola). Once healed, it’s extremely difficult to detect that surgery ever took place!
Nipple Reduction and Breast Lift & Reduction
In more severe cases, patients may have abnormally large areola or their breasts may hang over and have a fold underneath. It is with these two types of situations where more extreme measures need to be taken to remedy the patient’s gynecomastia.
A nipple reduction surgery can be performed if needed where the outlying border of the areola are reduced and the remaining tissue is the size of a normal nipple area.
Additionally, if the breast hangs special incisions can be made to the breasts to remove excess skin and tighten the breast so that it lies flat and no longer hangs.
After male breast reduction surgery, recovery times can vary depending upon what the extent of surgery has been. For liposuction only, you can return to work within about 3 days. For liposuction and breast gland removal, expect about a week of rest and being off of work.
If nipple reduction is performed, recovery time is also about a week. If a breast lift and reduction are performed, expect to rest for at least a week. In all types of surgeries described here, post-op recovery involves a compression garment to reduce swelling and help the skin heal in its new position.
Call our plastic surgery offices today for expert male breast reduction surgery in NYC or Long Island. We offer board certified specialists with decades of experience treating men with gynecomastia.