Male Breast Reduction for Gynecomastia
When is a breast reduction surgery performed on a man? This need arises when the tissue in the man’s breast becomes out of proportion or inconsistent with his size and causes problems.
Not everyone knows that men and women both have glandular breast tissue. Men’s tissue is not as affected by hormonal changes as women’s. That said, the breast tissue can grow, especially for boys during the changes that puberty brings. If this growth is combined with weight gain (which also is common at this time), the result can be more obvious. This is because breast tissue also has a lot of fat storage in it. Sometimes the weight gain is intentional to try and make the breast less obvious. When caused by puberty, this tissue usually gets smaller on its own over time, especially with weight loss. However, sometimes the tissue – both the glandular breast tissue and the fatty tissue – remain.
Gynecomastia is the name for when the male glandular breast tissue becomes out of proportion. This can happen to one or both breasts. It may develop unevenly. Besides changes during puberty, there are other causes of gynecomastia:
- Reduced testosterone levels in men. This can occur for a variety of reasons. These reasons include things like aging or malnutrition.
- Metabolic disorders.
- Other conditions that affect hormone production.
- Side effects of medication.
It is also important to rule out other issues. Things like thyroid problems or testicular tumors can upset the hormone balance, for example. Cancer and cysts could also be culprits, among other things. An exam will be the first step to figure out the cause of the enlarged tissue. While not usually serious, this tissue growth can cause problems for boys and men. It can cause angst or social unease. It can even mean lifestyle changes. However, there are surgical options or solutions. The best choice depends on the density and amount of the breast tissue and fat.
Surgical Options for Gynecomastia
Male Breast Reduction or Gynecomastia Surgery*
Male breast reduction on 14 year old adolescent*
- When the breast tissue is made up of mostly fat, and the nipple is still in a high position, then liposuction can be done alone. The scars are small with this option.
- If there is a larger amount of breast tissue, then incisional surgery may be required. If the nipple and gland are in an anatomic position, then the gland can be directly removed. This will result in a scar along the top of the areola.
- If the larger gland has fallen to a lower than ideal nipple position, then a more formal breast lift will be required, with liposuction, removal of the gland and lifting of the nipple.
Remember, the best solution also depends on the cause and the best choice comes down to each person’s situation.
These solutions will require a compression garment to be worn while healing. Both have similar risks. Be sure you understand the risks when making your choice. During your consultation visit, you can also learn about the pros and cons to handling any other areas of concern at the same time.
Plastic Surgery Referral
When looking for a male breast reduction plastic surgeon in Las Vegas, Nevada, we recommend Dr Julio Garcia. Dr Garcia is a board certified, well respected and well trained plastic surgeon. He is skilled in many areas of plastic surgery. To learn more about his practice, visit his website at http://www.lvcosmeticsurgery.com.