Men with enlarged breasts are often very embarrassed by the condition, but more of them are coming forward to have breast reduction surgery done. The decision to undergo breast reduction for men really depends on individual circumstances. However, whether or not you are a good candidate may be influenced by several factors (learn more).
Male breast overdevelopment or gynecomastia is a common condition, which is often linked to hormonal imbalance. The onset of puberty often causes a hormonal surge, especially in relation to the hormones estrogen and testosterone. In cases were estrogen activity exceeds testosterone levels in men, abnormal breast development may occur. The condition is also linked to certain drugs.
Who is a good candidate?
Breast reduction is recommended for men who are self-conscious about their prominent breasts. Surgery should be considered an option after alternative medical treatments have failed to yield results.
Men considering breast reduction surgery should be healthy and emotionally stable. They should also be at their ideal weight, as the operation is not recommended for men that are overweight.
Candidates should no longer be having any breast development, as surgery is most effective when the condition has stabilized. They should also have realistic expectations about the possible surgical outcomes.
Men who smoke, use drugs, or have a serious illness, are not considered good candidates for male breast reduction. If you have gynecomastia, and would like to eliminate excess glandular tissue and fat to make your chest firmer and flatter, contact a board certified plastic surgeon.
Men in the Minneapolis-St Paul hub can contact Rocheford Plastic Surgery in Woodbury for information. Call 651-739-1100 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Heather Rocheford. Dr. Rocheford would be happy to meet with you, to assess your suitability for breast reduction surgery for men.