Gynecomastia, a condition that results in excessive male breast tissue, is more common than many people realize. Roughly 50-60% of adolescent males develop the condition, and about 65% of adult men between the ages of 27 and 92 have experienced some degree of gynecomastia during their lives. While gynecomastia often resolves on its own during early adulthood, many men find that it doesn’t go away.
This excess breast tissue is often a source of embarrassment for men living with the condition. It’s common to be self-conscious about removing your shirt in public or in front of your romantic partner due to the appearance of your breasts. If you would like to restore a more masculine chest appearance, Dr. Jean can help.
At Main Line Plastic Surgery, we offer male breast reduction to correct gynecomastia. Many men experience a significant boost in self-confidence once they have eliminated this excess breast tissue, and this confidence can have a significant impact on many areas of your life. You can find out whether male breast reduction is right for you by speaking to Dr. Jean in person.
Is Male Breast Reduction Right for Me?
If you have gynecomastia and would like to restore a masculine chest appearance, you are most likely a good candidate for male breast reduction. In addition, you should:
- Be in good overall health
- Have realistic expectations for the outcome of the procedure
- Be able to maintain a stable, healthy body weight
- Have good skin elasticity
- Not smoke or be willing to quit smoking prior to surgery and throughout recovery
There are a variety of potential causes for gynecomastia. Some of these, such as a hormonal imbalance, may be out of your control. However, in some instances you may be able to resolve gynecomastia by treating the underlying cause. This may be the case if your condition is due to:
- Anabolic steroid use
- Illegal drug use (particularly marijuana or heroin)
- Consumption of certain dietary supplements or prescription medications
- Health conditions such as kidney failure, hyperthyroidism or liver disease
Before opting for male breast reduction, you should visit your doctor to see if any of these issues are causing your gynecomastia. If so, you should treat the health condition or discontinue using the substance which may be responsible for your excess breast tissue before moving forward with plastic surgery.
Treatment of Gynecomastia with SmartLipo
One of the most common male breast reduction techniques involves using liposuction to remove excess fat in the breast region. When this is the best approach to achieve your desired outcome, Dr. Jean often recommends using SmartLipo. This technique utilizes laser energy to melt the excess fat before it is removed with a thin, hollow tube called a cannula.
There are several benefits to using SmartLipo instead of traditional liposuction with your male breast reduction procedure:
- The laser heat used in the procedure stimulates collagen production
- Provides 60% more skin tightening than can be achieved with traditional liposuction
- Bleeding, swelling and bruising is significantly reduced
- Your procedure can be performed using local anesthesia instead of general anesthesia
- Minimally invasive treatment with very little downtime
During your initial consultation, Dr. Jean will discuss your male breast reduction options in detail and recommend the ideal treatment plan to deliver the best possible outcome.
Contact our Philadelphia Plastic Surgeon
Please contact Main Line Plastic Surgery using the form on this page or call 484-222-0010 today to schedule your male breast reduction consultation. We serve patients in Bryn Mawr, Villanova and throughout the Main Line of Philadelphia.