Frequently asked questions about male breast reduction - Weinstein Plastic Surgery Center

Frequently asked questions about male breast reduction

Male Breast Reduction New JerseyIf you suffer from gynecomastia, which is when the male breast exhibits abnormal enlargement, then male breast reduction may be the solution for you. Here are some of the more common questions patients ask about this surgical procedure:

What is male breast reduction surgery?

Also known as gynecomastia surgery or reduction mammaplasty, male breast reduction surgery is the surgical correction of overdeveloped or enlarged breasts in men, reducing breast size and flattening and enhancing the chest contours.

What causes gynecomastia?

The causes of abnormally large breasts in men include congenital, developmental, hormonal or medication- or drug-related. The most common cause seen in practice is the use of bulking-up compounds that contain steroids, which influence the abnormal production of estrogens responsible for increasing male breast size. The second most common cause is drug-related. Marijuana, heroin, methadone, amphetamines and prescription drugs turn on estrogen production. Other causes include renal failure, liver failure, starvation, alcohol abuse, loss of testicles, abnormal thyroid hormone production, pituitary abnormalities, adrenal gland abnormalities, HIV and stress.

Who is a good candidate for surgery?

Men who are good candidates for male breast reduction are those whose condition cannot be corrected through more conservative medical treatments. Men who are healthy, nonsmokers and non-drug users with no serious illnesses or medical conditions are good candidates. Candidates are also physically healthy and close to their normal weight.

Can adolescents have male breast reduction surgery?

Surgery is ideal for men whose breast development has stabilized, but adolescents may benefit from surgery. Secondary procedures may be needed in the future if breast development continues.

How is surgery performed?

Surgery can be performed in a number of ways. Liposuction alone can be used for cases that are the result of excess fatty tissue. An excision technique is recommended for men whose glandular breast tissue or excess skin must be removed to correct the problem. The areola can be reduced or repositioned to a more natural contour. Sometimes surgery consists of liposuction and excision to achieve optimal results.

Men who suffer from abnormal breast enlargement do not have to suffer from this condition. To learn more about male breast reduction, please call (908) 879-2222 for a consultation

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