Should You Get Breast Reduction Surgery as a Man

Should You Get Breast Reduction Surgery as a Man?

Due to a medical condition called gynecomastia (a condition caused by a hormone imbalance in men) and weight gain, men will experience having what we call “man boobs”. Men with these issues will often be insecure and will look for ways to flatten their chest and get rid of the breasts.

What is Male Breast Reduction Surgery?

Due to the fact that gynecomastia is one of the main reasons that men go in to have male breast reduction surgery, it is also referred to as gynecomastia surgery. The technical phrase however is reduction mammaplasty. Any excess glandular tissue, fat, and skin is surgically removed and liposuction may be involved, though that is not always the case. If there is not an excess amount of skin, liposuction may be all that is needed for the procedure.

What Causes Men to Grow Breasts (Gynecomastia)?

Simply put, gynecomastia is the condition where men’s breasts tissue start to over develop due to several outside factors, such as hormone imbalance, obesity, or as a side effect of a prescription drug. It is estimated that 40-70% of men have or have had some form of gynecomastia.

When there is a heightened amount of estrogen and a lowered amount of testosterone in men, this causes men to developed womanly breasts. Even with rigorous exercise and a proper diet, breasts that are developed due to a hormone imbalance can be nearly impossible to get rid of. Men who take prescription drugs containing estrogen or anabolic steroids have an escalated chance of developing breasts as well. Alcohol also has higher levels of estrogen in it; men who drink excessive amounts of alcohol can develop a form of gynecomastia.

There are also more severe cases of men developing gynecomastia due to serious health conditions like: cancer, tumors in the testicles or adrenal glands, liver disease, and issues with the thyroid glands. If this is the case, consult your doctor on how to treat these life-threatening health conditions as male breast reduction surgery will not be an option for you and will not fix your underlying issues.

Is Male Breast Reduction Surgery for You?

If you are a man who suffers from gynecomastia, then surely you should look into male breast
reduction surgery. Male breasts give way to lowered self-confidence and increased frustration. But what makes you a good candidate?

If you have tried other methods, such as exercise, supplementation, and medication, but have not been able to reduce the size of your breasts you would be able to opt for reduction mammaplasty. However, it is required that the patient is a non-smoker, non-drug user with overall good health. As stated before, if you have any life-threatening conditions, you would not be a good candidate for male breast reduction surgery, as this procedure can further put your life at risk.

If you fit the description of a good candidate, be sure to talk to your physician and be aware of the risks and expectations. Results are permanent if the patient takes care to continue with proper nutrition and exercise.