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Male Breast Reduction

Male Breast Reduction

Male Breast Reduction in Scottsdale & Phoenix

While it’s true that many breast surgeries, including reductions, and lifts, are completed for female patients, breast procedures can help men achieve their desired look as well. In most cases, male cosmetic breast surgery is recommended to reduce excess fat and tissue in the pectoral area. Surgical techniques for male breast reduction can have a positive impact on the patient’s confidence and self-esteem, allow them to wear form-fitting clothing or go shirtless at the pool or on hot days.

If you are considering male breast reduction in Scottsdale or Phoenix, trust board-certified plastic surgeon, Jonathan C. Weinrach, MD FACS. Dr. Weinrach has years of experience performing natural-looking body contouring procedures and can sculpt the masculine physique you need to feel confident.

Gynecomastia and Breast Reduction Techniques

Many men who seek out male breast reduction have a condition called gynecomastia, which causes overdeveloped and can occur at any age due to heredity, hormonal changes, the use of certain drugs, or obesity. The condition is characterized by excess localized fat, excess tissue development, excess skin, and the enlargement of one or both breasts. In extreme cases of gynecomastia, excess breast tissue creates sagging skin and enlarged areolas. In these patients, there are several cosmetic procedures that can be performed to improve the overall appearance of the chest, allowing you to look lean and fit.  

Gynecomastia can inhibit certain activities, affect what a patient wears, and cause him to hide behind baggy clothing. It can be especially difficult for young men who are developing their sense of self and who may be bullied or teased due to their condition. While this condition can be damaging to a patient’s self-confidence, there are procedures that can help restore your physical appearance and allow you to feel more like yourself.

Gynecomastia Surgery in Scottsdale & Phoenix with Dr. Weinrach

In most cases, a male breast reduction is completed with liposuction or tissue excision (removal). On the day of surgery, the patient will arrive at the surgery center and be provided with given intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. With liposuction, a thin tube called a cannula will be inserted through several small incisions in the breast area. The cannula is moved in a controlled motion to loosen excess fat, which it safely removes from the patient’s body. Liposuction is normally used when the gynecomastia is due to excess fat only.

In cases where there is excess glandular tissue or skin, an excision technique is usually used. This is also necessary if any work needs to be done on the areola. During this procedure, an incision is made so that tissue and skin can be surgically removed from the breast area. In cases where gynecomastia is due to both excess fat and tissue or skin, a combination of both liposuction and excision can be provided.  

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Ideal Candidates for Male Breast Reduction

Men who are embarrassed by their excess breast fat or tissue and are in good general health are excellent candidates for this procedure. Patients should no longer be using medications that will cause them to re-develop excess tissue after surgery. Especially good candidates for male breast reduction are non-smokers who are at or near their goal weight.

In some cases, gynecomastia that is present in teens due to puberty resolves itself with age. If this is not the case, however, it’s an excellent idea to discuss your goals with a plastic surgeon.

Recovery from Gynecomastia Surgery

Once your procedure is complete, you will be sent home with dressings or bandages applied to your incisions and a support garment that will help reduce swelling and support your new chest contours. A thin tube may be placed under the skin to assist with swelling and inflammation. Dr. Weinrach will advise you which medications to take and how to care for your incisions so they heal properly.

Most of those who undergo male breast reduction are back to their normal schedules within a week or two after surgery. However, Dr. Weinrach advises that his patients avoid anything that could cause excessive force or abrasion to their chest area and to avoid vigorous activity for at least a few weeks after surgery. If you are looking forward to getting back to the gym to further tone and sculpt your upper body, be sure to consult with Dr. Weinrach on when it’s safe to resume regular exercise.

When to Expect Results from your Procedures

The results of male breast reduction surgery are permanent. However, in some cases – such as for patients in their teens or those who gain a significant amount of weight, more breast tissue may grow, and a follow-up procedure may be required. Remaining at a stable weight and avoiding medications that can cause excess fat in the breast area will help sustain your results. Jonathan C. Weinrach, MD FACS takes special care to ensure incision lines are concealed within the natural contours of the chest. Most of Dr. Weinrach’s patients who undergo male breast reduction find it has a big impact on their self-image and that they are able to wear more types of clothing and partake in more activities than they were prior to surgery.

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Schedule A Male Breast Reduction Consultation with Jonathan C. Weinrach, MD FACS

The best way to find out if male breast reduction surgery is right for you is to have a consultation with Jonathan C. Weinrach, MD FACS. During your consultation, he will perform a physical evaluation and learn more about your health history to determine if the procedure is safe and will produce the desired results. Be sure to ask any questions you have during the consultation about preparing for the surgery, the surgery itself, or the recovery and results of your procedure. You may also want to look at before and after photos of others who have undergone the treatment, so you know what type of results to expect.

You do not have to live with enlarged male breasts. Contact Dr. Weinrach today to learn more about male breast reduction surgery.