Male breast reduction surgery is designed to address a condition called gynecomastia, which causes excessive breast tissue to develop in men. While many people are unaware of this condition, it is actually relatively common and can occur in men of all ages. The resulting male breast enlargement and nipple projection are sometimes casually referred to as “man boobs” or “moobs.” Men who are interested in learning more about gynecomastia surgery are encouraged to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon with experience in performing male breast reduction procedures. In the Tampa, FL, area, that surgeon is Dr. Daniel Greenwald at Bayshore Plastic Surgery.
To determine whether a man is a good candidate for male breast reduction surgery, Dr. Greenwald will usually take a full medical history and perform a thorough check for certain underlying medical conditions that can potentially cause gynecomastia, such as impaired liver function. He’ll also discuss the use of certain drugs, hormones, alcohol, tobacco, and anabolic steroids, all of which have been linked to male breast enlargement. Finally, he’ll suggest ways to address the condition without surgical intervention, such as proper nutrition and exercise. In general, male breast reduction surgery may be appropriate for a man who is healthy and emotionally stable, has sufficient skin elasticity, is at or near his ideal body weight, and, most importantly, has realistic expectations.
Depending on the amount, location, and composition of the excess breast tissue, Dr. Greenwald may use one or both of the following methods to perform male breast reduction surgery:
- Liposuction – Dr. Greenwald makes a small incision, usually at the edge of the nipple, and inserts a thin tube that is attached to a vacuum pump. Using a liposuction technique, he then breaks up and liquefies the excess fat and suctions it out of the body.
- Excision – Dr. Greenwald creates an incision in the underarm area or on the edge of the areola (the dark skin surrounding the nipple), and then excises (cuts away) excess glandular tissue, fat, and/or skin. In addition to decreasing the overall size of the breast, this technique can also reduce a “puffy nipple” that is caused by pockets of excess tissue situated directly under the areola.
Regardless of the technique utilized, the goal of male breast reduction surgery is to create a firmer and flatter chest with more masculine contours. In addition to aesthetic benefits, a gynecomastia surgery procedure can also provide back and shoulder pain relief by reducing the strain caused by excess weight in the chest area.
If you’d like to discuss male breast reduction surgery with Dr. Greenwald, contact Bayshore Plastic Surgery at 888-840-3199 to schedule an appointment at his office in Tampa, Florida.