Although cosmetic surgery for the breast is generally associated with women, men occasionally seek breast reduction, as well. This is often due to a condition called gynecomastia, in which the male breast tissue becomes permanently enlarged. Dr. Scott Newman can help alleviate this condition in men by performing male breast reduction.
Causes of Gynecomastia
Gynecomastia is usually caused by a hormonal imbalance in which the balance between estrogen and testosterone is disturbed. Enlargement of the male breast tissue is fairly common during puberty due to hormonal changes, as well as in infancy due to exposure to the mother’s estrogen, but in these cases it goes away after a period of time. Gynecomastia occurs in adults, and is not likely to disappear on its own. It is not just a growth of fatty tissue in the breast, as occurs in overweight or obese adults, but is actually a growth of the glandular tissue in the breast. It can happen in one or both breasts.
Many men who develop gynecomastia are very self-conscious about the size of their breasts. Male breast reduction can help them regain their self-confidence and feel better about their bodies.
Candidates for Male Breast Reduction
Because the causes of gynecomastia can vary, it is important to determine if your symptoms may be due to a tumor or other condition, or if they are a side effect of certain drugs you may be taking. Once these possibilities are ruled out, you might be a good candidate for male breast reduction. It is also important to determine that your breast enlargement is due to actual enlargement of the glands of the breast and not fat accumulation. Breast enlargement due to fat accumulation is called pseudogynecomastia, and is better treated with diet and exercise than with surgery.
If you are in good health and feel that male breast reduction will increase your quality of life, a male breast reduction consultation with Dr. Newman can help you understand how the surgery is performed and what you can expect from the procedure.
For more information about male breast reduction in the New York City, New York area, please contact Scott E. Newman, MD, FACS at the Advanced Plastic Surgery Center to schedule a free initial consultation.Male Breast Reduction