Male breast reduction is performed for men with gynecomastia, a situation where one or both of the male breast are larger than normal. In fact, the word gynecomastia originates from Greek words for ‘women-like breasts.’ Gynecomastia is quite common, affecting roughly between 40% and 60% of the male population. In many cases, the cause for gynecomastia is unknown; however, research has shown that alcohol, certain drugs containing estrogen, and medical conditions such as cancer or impaired liver function can contribute to enlarged male breasts.
Results of surgery are permanent, although subsequent obesity can create a gynecomastia-like effect. Some of the benefits of surgery include a firmer, flatter, more contoured chest which may give the male patient a boost in self-confidence.
The surgery is completed under general or local anesthesia and takes an average of two hours. The procedure removes fat and/or glandular tissue from the breasts, and in extreme cases removes excess skin, resulting in a chest that is flatter, firmer, and better contoured. There is little downtime from work unless the patient is involved in strenuous work activities. To assist with the healing process, the patient will wear an elastic pressure garment for 3-6 weeks.
Dr. Sonderman will discuss your concerns with you and explain the details of gynecomastia surgery. Please contact Dr. Sonderman to schedule a consultation or for more information about male breast reduction surgery.