Male Breast Reduction

What is Male Breast Reduction?

For generations, men have used various techniques to improve their physical looks. Sometimes no amount of diet and exercise will shape unsightly bulges. In men, the fat tends to deposit and accumulate above the waist, on the abdomen, sides of the waist, or on their chest.  Men who have enlarged breasts can benefit from a surgery called gynecomastia, a simple and very safe technique of Liposuction.

It is a fact that 90% of all adolescent boys will develop male breast enlargement to one extent or another. Though it frequently resolves, it may persist in many men as they grow into adulthood. Gynecomastia (man boobs) is rather common and the good news is that it is very treatable.

In recent years, the treatment of gynecomastia has finally become mainstream and accepted. It is not just the weightlifters and teenagers with the really bad cases seeking reduction; it is the men in their 30’s, 40’s and 50’s with just enough extra tissue in their chest for them to be self-conscious about it.

Unlike women who talk to one another about their breast augmentation, men do not talk to each other about gynecomastia. They hide it under their clothes, and so even their best friends are often totally unaware of the bulges. Thanks to the Internet, men can now privately research words such as, “gynecomastia,” “male breast reduction,” “male breasts,” “man boobs,” “male chest reduction,” etc., and learn that there is a very effective solution.

The Procedure

There are two common methods for treating male chest enlargement, liposuction, and excision. Liposuction is ideal for the reduction of fat because fat is soft and is easily removed through the liposuction instrument (much like a straw.) However, firm and glandular gynecomastia tissue cannot be removed by liposuction; it needs to be excised.

The Recovery

Dr. Partington will provide you with prescription pain medication as well as a list of what to expect as far as side effects and precautions. Swelling and discomfort for the first few days is to be expected. Full recovery from gynecomastia correction usually takes several weeks and patients are advised to avoid strenuous activity for the first two weeks.

Male Breast Reduction FAQs

Can guys develop breasts?

Men and boys can develop excessive breast tissue due to hormonal imbalance, side effects from drugs, or other factors. This condition is known as gynecomastia.

Can gynecomastia be cured without surgery?

Some patients may see their gynecomastia subside on its own or through methods like weight loss or medication. For other patients, gynecomastia surgery is the best option, especially if the condition persists for more than two years.

Can gynecomastia grow back after surgery?

It is possible, but extremely uncommon, for breast tissue to grow back after gynecomastia surgery.

Can you get rid of gynecomastia without surgery?

In mild cases without excess glandular tissue, gynecomastia can be resolved with liposuction, which is minimally invasive. However, when glandular tissue has developed, you will need surgery to fix it.

Does gynecomastia go away with weight loss?

There are many causes and factors associated with gynecomastia, and weight gain is one of them. In some men, weight loss can solve the issue, although not for others.

How do I know if I have gynecomastia?

If youve noticed a change in your nipple appearance or chest size or feel, you may have gynecomastia.

Does gynecomastia surgery leave scars?

As incisions will need to be made to remove the excess tissue built up in the chest, yes, the surgery will leave scars. However, with proper care, they will fade with time until they are nearly invisible.

How long does it take to recover from male breast reduction?

Recovery time varies by the procedure performed, whether liposuction, surgery, or both. In severe cases, you should expect to need several weeks to recover, up to a month.

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Dr. Marshall T. Partington MD, F.A.C.S. is a board-certified plastic surgeon serving patients in the Seattle, Bellevue and Kirkland areas. Dr. Partington is known for his cutting edge surgical techniques to deliver natural-looking results to his patients. Dr. Partington views each person and their story as a new journey with a very specific and unique objective. The happiness and gratitude of our patients is his greatest reward of all.

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