Gynecomastia surgery is designed to address a relatively common condition that causes male breast tissue and nipples to become overdeveloped and enlarged. While some people might not readily associate breast reduction with men, gynecomastia (“woman-like breasts”) can occur in males due to certain hormonal changes, drugs, or health issues, and sometimes for no apparent reason at all. Some men seek surgical intervention as a way to address the resulting effects, which are sometimes informally referred to as “man boobs” or “moobs.” Men in the Tampa, FL, area who are interested in learning more about this procedure can consult with Dr. Daniel Greenwald, a Board-certified plastic surgeon at Bayshore Plastic Surgery.

In general, gynecomastia surgery may be suitable for a man of any age who is in good overall health (both mentally and physically). The best candidates for male breast reduction have reasonably firm chest skin with good elasticity, which can help the skin adapt to the body’s newly refined contours after surgery. When performing gynecomastia surgery in Tampa, Florida, Dr. Greenwald can remove excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin from a man’s breasts. The goal is to firm and flatten the chest to create a more masculine appearance. The procedure can also help reduce back pain caused by pressure from carrying extra weight in the chest area.

Prior to recommending gynecomastia surgery, Dr. Greenwald will usually advise a man to attempt to diminish his unwanted breast fullness through non-surgical means, such as:

  • Losing weight through diet and exercise (if the patient is overweight)
  • Cutting down on (or stopping) alcohol consumption and tobacco use
  • Refraining from using anabolic steroids

As part of helping a patient decide whether gynecomastia surgery is right for him, Dr. Greenwald can provide male breast reduction before and after photos that offer a sense of what he has been able to accomplish for other patients. Of course, each man is unique, and Dr. Greenwald’s prior surgical results are not a guarantee of any individual outcome. Much like any other cosmetic procedure, gynecomastia surgery is usually most rewarding for a patient who has realistic expectations.

To learn more about gynecomastia surgery, contact Bayshore Plastic Surgery in Tampa, FL, at 888-840-3199. You can schedule an appointment to meet with Dr. Greenwald to discuss your surgical goals, determine whether the procedure is right for you, and learn about the recovery process typically associated with male breast reduction.