One of the most popular cosmetic surgeries among male patients, male breast reduction is a very common surgery at MCSC. Some estimates indicate that up to 30% of men may develop some degree of excess breast tissue at some point over their lifetime. Sometimes this happens at puberty, and in other cases, it becomes a problem with age and weight gain. Occasionally excess breast tissue in men is due to hormonal imbalance as a result of a medical condition, and in others, it can be a side effect, due to certain medications This is why it is important for anyone considering treatment for enlarged male breasts to have a proper medical evaluation.
There are different methods which can be used to reduce enlarged male breasts. In the simplest case, a liposuction procedure is sufficient to give the desired result. A small incision is made in the armpit, and a liposuction cannula is inserted to remove fat. The incision is small, 3 millimeters, and is hidden in the folds of skin of the axilla. In this instance, glandular tissue is not removed, and recovery tends to be very fast. In other cases, it is necessary to remove glandular breast tissue to give an adequate reduction, and a supplementary liposuction to remove fat may also be carried out. When glandular tissue needs to be removed, Dr. Weinberg uses an incision along the margin of the nipple, thus, it is also concealed once it is healed. Recovery is also reasonably fast, and patients usually return to work in 5 days. As with all surgeries, there are potential complications, including infection, healing issues, etc, and these will be thoroughly discussed in a detailed consultation prior to surgery.
Many clinics and surgeons will advertise all sorts of variations on these basic procedures, involving lasers, and specific liposuction machines. In Dr. Weinberg’s view, none of these technologies offer any superiority of result and are mostly advertising gimmicks.
Gynecomastia can be an embarrassing condition, affecting self-esteem, and limiting the enjoyment of sports and other outdoor activities. It is a readily treatable condition. If you, or someone you know, would like more information about this procedure, call to book a consultation with Dr. Weinberg at 905-273-3045