What is gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia is the medical term for male breasts. Derived from Greek words meaning “woman-like breasts,” this embarrassing condition affects thousands of men in the United States. In many instances, male breasts will not respond to diet and exercise, making male breast reduction the most reliable way to restore a masculine appearance to your chest.

What causes gynecomastia?

Male breasts may be caused by weight gain, steroid use, hormonal imbalances, medication side effects, and marijuana use. Gynecomastia may begin in early childhood or develop later in life. In many instances, the exact cause of male breasts is unknown.

Am I a good candidate for male breast reduction?

Good candidates for male breast reduction should have excess fatty or glandular tissue that has failed to respond to diet and exercise. In addition, to be a candidate for this procedure you should be is generally good health, have good skin elasticity, and be prepared for a surgical procedure and recovery time. During your initial consultation, board-certified Phoenix plastic surgeon Dr. Richard Brown can help you determine if male breast reduction is right for you.

How is male breast reduction performed?

Male breast reduction may be accomplished through liposuction alone, but in some instances will require additional incisions for the removal of glandular tissue. This will depend on the level of dropping and excess tissue present in your chest and tailored to meet your exact needs.

How can I maintain my male breast reduction results?

Once removed, fat and glandular tissue will not come back. This does not mean that new tissue cannot form. The best way to maintain your surgical results is through adopting a healthy and active lifestyle.

Eating a well-balanced diet and getting at least two hours of moderate exercise every week can help maintain your results. However, many men find that lifting weights and engaging in more strenuous activities can enhance results and help produce a much more masculine appearance.

If you live in the areas of Scottsdale or Phoenix, Arizona and have questions about male breast reduction, please contact Richard J. Brown MD, PLLC to schedule an initial consultation today.