Male Breast Reduction Boston
The most commonly treated areas of the body for male patients include the abdominal region, the back, love handles the lower flank area), and the chest (gynecomastia). At Volpe Plastic Surgery in Boston, we offer male breast reduction surgery for the treatment of gynecomastia.
What Is Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia occurs when men develop female-like breasts. Breast hypertrophy, or abnormal glandular breast overgrowth, afflicts as many as 65% of adolescent males and 10-15% of adult males. Correction of gynecomastia, also known as gynecomastia surgery or male breast reduction, is one of the top five cosmetic surgery procedures performed on men.
Young men with gynecomastia may be self-conscious, hiding behind loose-fitting clothing, and embarrassed to remove their shirts at the gym, pool, or beach. Because this medical condition is often affected by hormones, no amount of exercise can reduce the look of what’s often known as “man-boobs”.
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How Male Breast Reduction Surgery Is Performed
Most commonly, male breast reduction involves making an incision along the bottom border of the areola. Liposuction is employed to remove the fatty component that is contributing to the fullness of the chest and then the glandular breast tissue is surgically removed. Usually, this is sufficient in mild to moderate cases of gynecomastia. In severe forms of gynecomastia, there may be significant excess of sagging breast skin, in which case some excess skin may be removed and lifted to create a smoother-looking chest area. When skin is removed, somewhat longer scars are created.
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What Causes Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia occurs when there is an imbalance in the amount of testosterone and estrogen hormones in the male body. If there is a relatively low testosterone:estrogen ratio, male breast tissue on both sides of the chest is stimulated and enlarges. In most cases, the cause is unknown. Medications you are taking for other medical conditions may be the cause of gynecomastia. In particular, anabolic steroids or prohormones used by bodybuilders may be the culprit. Breakdown products of these drugs may undergo a process in the body called aromatization and develop into estrogen-like compounds, upsetting the hormone balance. Although one may stop drug use, often the enlarged tissue persists.
Other medical issues may cause gynecomastia such as hormone-producing tumors of the pituitary or adrenal gland. One-sided swelling of the chest should be examined closely to make sure it is not due to male breast cancer. Any unexplained acute onset of gynecomastia should be looked at by your physician.
Recovering from Male Breast Reduction
After undergoing a correction of gynecomastia, I have you wear a spandex-like compression vest for about 4 weeks. This helps the skin redrape in a more smooth contour and helps to manage any swelling. Scars fade with time. Usually, one can get back to non-chest exercises in two weeks and training the chest in 4 weeks.
How Much Does Male Breast Reduction Surgery Cost in Boston?
The cost of surgery will vary based on the techniques used to perform the procedure and other factors. Volpe Plastic Surgery offers financing options for male breast reduction. Dr. Volpe can address questions regarding price and financing during the consultation.
Schedule A Consultation
During your consultation appointment, your Boston male breast reduction surgeon—Dr. Volpe—will discuss the different techniques and options available. Schedule your consultation today in our Newton or Boston offices for your gynecomastia procedure. We are here to provide you with the attentive excellent care you need throughout the entire process.