Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia)
Gynecomastia, the medical term for breasts that appear enlarged in men, is a very common condition that can often cause extreme self-consciousness. Male breast reduction surgery performed by Dr. Jennifer Walden in Austin, Texas can not only reduce excess fat and tissue from the breasts, but it can also help restore one’s self-esteem. With male breast reduction procedures, Dr. Walden can eliminate the excess and renew the appearance of your chest.
Gynecomastia affects 40 to 60 percent of men and typically begins in adolescence. The condition is characterized by excess skin, fat, and sometimes glandular tissue, in the breasts, giving them an enlarged appearance. Gynecomastia can lead to a lack of self-esteem and embarrassment around peers. Although the exact cause of gynecomastia is unknown, possible causes of the condition include:
- Natural aging
- Some prescription medications and medications containing estrogen
- Anabolic steroid use
- Use of herbal testosterone additives
- Klinefelter Sydrome
- Gilbert’s Syndrome
- Testicular hormone production irregularities
- Problems with liver function
Gynecomastia is not something a person just has to learn to live with. It can be treated with male breast reduction surgery that can provide a re-contoured, more toned-looking chest area and a significant boost to self-confidence.
Patients who qualify for male breast reduction surgery are often those who are not considered obese. Patients who are overweight are often advised to try traditional weight loss methods before having a breast reduction procedure. Male breast reduction surgery is also not for men who drink excessive amounts of alcohol or who smoke marijuana, as both have been linked to gynecomastia.
Dr. Walden will meet with you in a private consultation to discuss all aspects of male breast reduction surgery. At this initial consultation, you are encouraged to ask questions and address your concerns, and she will work with you to determine your candidacy and see if male breast reduction can meet your ultimate goals. Dr. Walden also offers 3-D Vectra imaging for breast surgery consultations. This technology enables patients to envision how they may look after surgery by viewing a 3-D computer model of the likely surgical outcome.
Male Breast Reduction Procedure
During male breast reduction surgery, small incisions hidden in the armpit or around the areola (the dark-pigmented area surrounding the nipple) are made. Excess skin, fat, and/or glandular tissue will be removed, and liposuction may also be employed to suction out extra fat. The length of the procedure will depend on the extent of your condition; however, male breast reduction procedures are typically performed as an outpatient under general anesthesia and typically take one to two hours to complete.
Patients can expect to experience some swelling and discomfort after surgery, but this should dissipate fairly quickly. Male breast reduction surgery patients can typically resume their normal daily routines within the first week after the procedure and are instructed to wear a compression vest post-operatively as well.