Male Breast Reduction (or Gynecomastia) Surgery
Many would be surprised to learn women are not the only gender for breast reduction surgery? Gynecomastia is an enlargement of breast glandular tissue of males typically as a result of a hormonal imbalance. Although this condition affects men of different ages, gynecomastia commonly occurs in young males during puberty. Whether young or older, excess breast tissue or overly large breasts can be a source of frustration and embarrassment for many men particularly during workouts, swimming or when wearing restrictive clothing. Contrary to popular belief, many of the men who suffer from enlarged breasts cannot resolve with simple diet and exercise. Instead, these men must seek the help from a plastic surgeon to have the fat and/or tissue surgically removed. “Depending on the severity of the excess breast tissue” says Dr. Greenwald, “I may address by either using SmartLipo to liposuction the area or I could excise the glandular tissue. In some instances, I may use a surgical approach that utilizes both liposuction and excising or cutting out the tissue.”
When choosing any procedure whether surgical or non-surgical, it is important for the patient to have realistic expectations and understand their actions can affect their final outcome. Dr. Greenwald adds, “I thoroughly discuss the surgical plan including incision placement so my patient is aware of potential scarring. Additionally, I review their recovery plan and encourage a healthy lifestyle to minimize the patient compromising his surgical result with unnecessary weight gain.” After gynecomastia surgery, men often feel more comfortable revealing their chest in public, and as a result gain more social confidence.
To determine if you are a candidate or to learn more about gynecomastia surgery, Dr. Greenwald recommends discussing with a board certified plastic surgery. For more information or to schedule a consultation with with Dr. Greenwald, please contact his practice by calling (914) 421-0113.