Breast Reduction for Men
If you have concerns about your breasts being too large for your frame, you’re not alone. This is one of the most common cosmetic procedures men have performed.
This procedure is for the man who had breast enlargement, and it doesn’t respond to diet and exercise. Many men develop this during puberty. Others acquire it slowly over time.
There are 2 terms for this condition.
Gynecomastia refers to overgrowth of breast gland tissue. Pseudogynecomastia refers to fatty growth into the gland tissue. Most men have pseudogynecomastia or a combination of both.
Fortunately there is an easy solution. Laser liposuction (Smart Lipo, Cool Lipo) breaks up the tissue with a little device, inserted through a tiny hole near your armpit. The fat and tissue is removed in the same fashion. This is done with sedation and local anesthetic, so you’ll feel nothing. In some cases (true gynecomastia), after the Smart Lipo, there is residual breast tissue. If this is the case, a small incision is made in the nipple, and the tissue is removed. The scar is essentially invisible in a couple of months in most cases. In the vast majority of cases, there is no need for skin removal, it tightens right up during the procedure.
As a general rule, no. Massive weight gain or use of anabolic steroids could potentially cause some of the minimal residual cells to grow, but unlikely for most men.
Most men do this on a Friday, and return to work Monday. They generally get back to exercise within a week.
It’s a safe procedure. It has about the same risk as regular liposuction anywhere else. Typically, patients see minor (if any) bruising, tenderness a week or so, and some temporary numbness.
The results are close to instant. At first there is swelling, and it takes awhile to totally go away, but in a week or so, it looks pretty good.
In some cases it is just where you genetically store fat. Drugs such as marijuana and steroids can cause gynecomastia. In most cases, there is no clear cause.
First, there is the need to recognize what is causing it and solve that problem (drugs, steroids, obesity). Beyond that, there are really no better alternatives. The traditional surgical removal of tissue will work, but with a much less desirable result in these cases. So the best option is some form of liposuction with the occasional simultaneous removal of gland.