Gynecomastia is a term that refers to excess breast tissue in men. There can be a variety of causes, from medication to hormone imbalance to obesity, but the result is the same and most men are embarrassed by their large breasts. Gynecomastia is a medical condition that may be completely normal during a male’s teenage years and often resolves on its own. Switching medications, exercising regularly, making wise diet choices, and resolving hormonal imbalances are typically a physician’s first line of defense against over development of male breasts; however, male breast reduction surgery is needed for some men to excise additional glandular tissue.
Many men turn to breast reduction surgery when the appearance of their chest is affecting their self-image and self-esteem. Breast reduction surgery is an elective cosmetic procedure designed to do exactly what the name implies: reduce excess breast tissue in the chest wall. Plastic surgeons Drs. Ed Pittman and Piotr Skowronski perform breast reduction using a series of small incisions in locations that are relatively easy to hide. Using liposuction and surgical excisions, excess fat and tissue are removed from the breast area and the breasts are reshaped in proportion to the rest of the patient’s body. The nipple and areola may also be augmented or reduced. The overall result is a firmer, more masculine chest profile.
If you are interested in breast surgery or in any other cosmetic procedure, schedule a consultation with Drs. Pittman and Ski to address any questions you may have and to determine if you are a potential candidate. Ideal patients for male breast reduction are individuals that are in overall good physical and mental health, but suffer physically and emotionally from overly large breasts. For more cosmetic surgery news and updates, connect with Pittman Plastic Surgery on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.