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If you are searching for “male breast reduction surgery,” you are not alone.

In fact, males receive at least 40% of breast reduction operations annually. Although male breasts, or “moobs,” are sometimes a taboo topic, you are in good company.

Why Men Seek Breast Reduction Surgery

Male Breast Reduction surgery - Charlotte Plastic SurgeryGynecomastia is a medical term that refers to a rarely talked about condition. However, it’s actually quite common – the overdevelopment of male breasts affects roughly 40 to 60 percent of men.

Gynecomastia may start in adolescence and persist throughout adulthood. In this case, the cause is often an imbalance of estrogen and testosterone hormones.

Often the condition develops in an older man due to steroid abuse, weight gain, the hormonal imbalance caused by health conditions, or as a side effect of certain medications.

Men with Gynecomastia may feel self-conscious. They may avoid certain clothing, social situations, and physical activities. If self-consciousness about your chest keeps you from swimming, going to the beach, or working out, then you may find breast reduction would improve your quality of life. Gynecomastia can also cause emotional distress and hinder self-confidence, as some men may avoid intimacy to hide their condition.

Gynecomastia is characterized by:

  • Excess localized fat
  • Excess glandular tissue development
  • Excess breast skin
  • Affects one breast or both

Variations of Male Breast Reduction

The exact details of the breast reduction operation will vary depending on whether the gynecomastia presents simply as excess fat, excess glandular tissue, or enlarged nipples.

For patients where gynecomastia results primarily in excess fatty tissue, liposuction techniques can be used to remove the excess fat. During liposuction, small incisions are made typically around the areola, and a liposuction cannula is inserted to loosen and suction out the fat. This approach benefits limited incisions for minimal scarring, and most activities may be resumed within two weeks.

For other patients, gynecomastia primarily involves excess glandular breast tissue. During a reduction, the excess skin must be removed, and the nipples must be returned to a more natural position. The surgeon also reduces the size of the areola. When glandular tissue and nipples are addressed, more complicated excision techniques are involved.

Incision locations vary based on the surgical approach but are most often hidden along natural contours of the breast and around the pigmented area of the areola. In many cases, liposuction and excision techniques are used to achieve an aesthetically pleasing result.

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Your First Step to a Leaner Looking Chest

Your first step to a firmer and leaner chest is a consultation for male breast reduction. During your consultation, your plastic surgeon will help you determine whether you are a good candidate for the procedure and whether it will help you meet your goals.

The team at Charlotte Plastic Surgery feels privileged to serve Charlotte-area residents ever since our founding in 1951. Our longevity and proven track record align with our knowledge of today’s top procedures.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation appointment.

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LENGTH: 1-2 hours.

ANESTHESIA: Usually asleep.

IN/OUTPATIENT: Outpatient.

SIDE EFFECTS: Discomfort, swelling, transient altered nipple sensitivity.

RISKS: With any surgery, risks such as infection and blood clot exist. Our surgeons will always talk with you about potential risks specific to your procedures in your consultation. Other risks may include permanent nipple insensitivity and scarring.

RECOVERY: Drains may be placed at the time of surgery and can be removed in the office after two to five days. You may be instructed to wear a compression vest for a few months to aid in the skin re-draping process.

DURATION OF RESULTS: It can be permanent, though weight gain can cause the breasts to enlarge again.


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