What Is Gynecomastia and How Can Male Breast Reduction Help?

A shirtless man standing with his arms crossed Gynecomastia is a condition characterized by the enlargement of breast tissue in males. It can be a source of significant emotional distress and self-consciousness for men.

Contrary to popular belief, gynecomastia is not just a matter of excess fat. Rather, it involves the proliferation of glandular breast tissue in men, leading to a more feminine chest contour.

Wondering if male breast reduction is right for you? This blog will help you decide.

What Causes Gynecomastia?

The causes of gynecomastia can vary, but hormonal imbalances are often at the root of the condition. 

Testosterone and estrogen are the primary sex hormones in both men and women, albeit in different proportions. When there is an imbalance between these hormones, with estrogen levels relatively higher compared to testosterone, it can stimulate the growth of breast tissue in men.

How Does Male Breast Reduction Work?

Before gynecomastia surgery, your provider will discuss your goals and health history, possibly recommending tests like a complete blood count. They’ll perform an examination, take measurements, screen for male breast cancer, and sometimes take photographs. 

You might need to stop certain medications and consider quitting smoking to aid healing. The day before surgery, you’ll receive instructions about eating and drinking. 

During the procedure, surgeons may use liposuction or excision, depending on your needs. You’ll receive general anesthesia, and you’ll likely go home the same day with instructions for caring for yourself, including wearing a supportive garment and taking pain medication. 

Your provider may also place thin tubes to drain fluid, removing them when they’re no longer needed.

Benefits of Male Breast Reduction

For many men who undergo this surgery, feeling more confident and comfortable with their appearance is a big plus. Simple things like buttoning a shirt without gaps or feeling better in a t-shirt or swimsuit can make a significant difference. 

Plus, getting rid of the weight from excess breast tissue can ease discomfort, letting you enjoy activities like running again.

Schedule a Breast Reduction Consultation in Paramus, NJ

Male breast reduction surgery can help you achieve the chest you desire and boost your confidence. Don’t hesitate to contact Plastic Surgery Specialists of New Jersey at (201) 664-8000 to schedule a consultation. We’re here to help you achieve the results you’ve been dreaming of.

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