Are You Considering Male Breast Reduction Surgery?

When you think of breast reduction surgery, you may think of women looking to reduce the size of their breasts to relieve symptoms like back pain or to achieve more symmetrical, balanced proportions. 

But a fair number of men seek breast reduction surgery each year, as well. These men have gynecomastia, or enlarged breast glands, and the condition can cause embarrassment and self-consciousness, as well as problems with intimacy and self-esteem.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, about 20,000 gynecomastia procedures are performed each year in the United States. That number only reflects surgeries performed by the society’s members, so the number of men seeking surgery to correct enlarged breasts is likely higher.

Dr. Mrudangi S. Thakur, MD — with offices in Middletown and Jefferson Valley, New York — offers gynecomastia surgery for men seeking to eliminate excess breast tissue and achieve a more masculine chest profile. Here’s how male breast reduction surgery works and what you can expect from the procedure.

Why gynecomastia happens

Gynecomastia typically is caused by hormonal shifts — higher-than-normal levels of estrogen, lower-than-normal levels of testosterone, or both. This shift in the normal balance of hormones can occur for different reasons, including:

Gynecomastia can affect men of all ages, but it tends to occur more commonly among teens and preteens as well as men over age 50 — age groups that are more likely to have dramatic hormone fluctuations. Gynecomastia that develops during puberty is typically temporary, resolving once puberty-related hormone changes level off. The condition tends to peak among older men between 50 and 80 years of age.

Gynecomastia surgery: What to expect

Gynecomastia surgery uses state-of-the-art techniques to reduce breast tissue and excess fat, producing chest contours that are more streamlined. The surgery can be performed on one or both breasts, depending on your specific needs.

Dr. Thakur performs two types of minimally invasive surgery to reduce male breast size. The type of surgery you’ll undergo depends on the type of tissue that needs to be removed and your overall goals.

The first is a more traditional procedure that relies on small incisions and a special instrument called an endoscope. During surgery, Dr. Thakur makes 2-3 very small incisions near the breast and then extracts excess gland tissue as well as fat. 

The second type of surgery uses liposuction to eliminate excess fat. The SmartLipo approach also uses very small incisions, along with thin tubes designed to gently remove and fat in the breast area.

Many men with gynecomastia suffer from embarrassment and feelings of low self-esteem that can persist even after surgery. For that reason, Dr. Thakur often recommends counseling or support groups to help men deal with these feelings so they can feel more confident about themselves.

Learn more about gynecomastia surgery

Bottom line: Gynecomastia can be embarrassing. But it’s nothing to be ashamed about, and surgery can correct it. If you’re feeling self-conscious and uncomfortable about your chest shape, gynecomastia surgery can dramatically improve your outlook. 

To learn more about gynecomastia surgery, call the office that’s convenient to you or book a consultation appointment online today.

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