Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia)
While gynecomastia is not usually a medical concern, many men may nonetheless find it emotionally distressing. Some men with gynecomastia are embarrassed by their enlarged breast tissue, as their pectoral area can begin to resemble female breasts. While surgical procedures that target the female breasts are prevalent, many men may not be aware that gynecomastia can be treated through a male breast reduction.
About Male Breast Reduction
Patients with mild to moderate gynecomastia who have good skin tone and no significant sagging may benefit from a simple excision of the excess fat tissue without the need to remove any overlying skin or glandular tissue. This can usually be accomplished through liposuction. New liposuction techniques are minimally invasive, and liposuction for gynecomastia is usually performed through a tiny incision in the armpit, eliminating scarring of the breast itself. For patients with more significant gynecomastia, liposuction may not be enough, and they may require a more extensive surgical procedure, similar to a female breast reduction, which includes the removal of excess skin and glandular tissue. Glandular tissue is typically removed through an incision around the border of the areola (darker skin surrounding the nipple). While this procedure can be more effective, scarring may also be more obvious.