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Gynecomastia is the abnormal enlargement of male breasts. It can be incredibly distressing to the men who suffer from the condition. Although weight loss can sometimes help, the only way to fully resolve the issue is with a male breast reduction.

Understanding enlarged male breasts

Gynecomastia is caused by an imbalance of the hormones estrogen and testosterone. The condition most often occurs in newborns, boys going through puberty, and older men. However, it can also develop due to certain medications and conditions. Enlarged male breasts affect many men and can have a serious impact on your quality of lie and self-esteem.

Gynecomastia:Quick facts

  • The condition affects men of all sizes
  • Weight loss cannot completely improve the issue
  • Gynecomastia affects up to 70% of boys going through puberty and 65% of middle-aged and older men

Are you a candidate?

The best candidates for a male breast reduction are men who:

  • Are in good overall health
  • Have gynecomastia that is stable
  • Feature toned skin with good elasticity
  • Are not taking steroids or certain medications

If your gynecomastia is caused by a medical condition, you will need to treat the underlying condition before having a male breast reduction.

Male Breast Reduction What To Expect

Gynecomastia surgery is done under general anesthesia, which means you will be completely asleep and comfortable throughout the experience. The actual surgical technique Dr. Larson uses will depend on the composition of your breasts. Here is a look at your options:

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Liposuction

If your enlarged male breasts are composed primarily of fatty tissue, he may perform liposuction alone to remove the excess volume.

This procedure will require a small incision on each side of the chest. Through those openings, Dr. Larson will insert a cannula to remove excess fat, while also sculpting the area to restore a firm and masculine appearance.

Surgical Excision

If your breasts feature excess skin or glandular tissue that needs to be removed, liposuction alone won’t be sufficient. In this case, Dr. Larson will need to surgically excise the excess volume and he will also typically reposition the nipple.

The incisions will be located along the areola or hidden within the natural creases of your chest. These locations will be chosen with care to ensure that the resulting scars are discreet. If he deems it necessary, Dr. Larson will follow the surgical excision with liposuction to refine your results and ensure an optimal outcome.

The Recovery

Immediately after surgery, Dr. Larson will place bandages over the incisions and you will be free to return home. You will need to wear a compression garment for a few weeks to support and maintain your new, masculine contours. You can expect to return to work in about seven days and resume your normal exercise routine gradually within a couple of weeks.

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