Male Breast Reduction

If you are a male who is reluctant to remove your shirt in public, to swim, to participate in sports, or to exercise at a gym because of large breasts, you may wish to consider a male breast reduction. Dr. Robert Brueck has offices in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, and Punta Gorda, FL.

What is Male Chest Reduction?

Male chest reduction is a surgical procedure to reduce breast size in men. It can be used to treat gynecomastia, an enlargement of the male breast gland due to hormonal imbalance. Dr. Brueck utilizes several reduction methods, including liposuction, removal of excess glandular tissue, or a combination of both.

The Causes of Gynecomastia

There can be several causes of gynecomastia, including certain medications and medical conditions. Illicit drug use, including marijuana, alcohol use, and anabolic steroid use are also causes of gynecomastia. The primary causes of male breasts, however, are weight gain and hormonal fluctuations, the latter most often occurring in adolescence. Gynecomastia caused by hormone fluctuations typically self-corrects. Whereas excessive tissue in male chests related to weight gain may require surgical intervention.

Can Gynecomastia Be Fixed Without Surgery?

When gynecomastia is related to hormones, it often subsides over time. When it is related to weight gain, the condition may diminish with healthy lifestyle changes. Adopting a diet that avoids processed foods and focuses on fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, and complex carbohydrates can help. So too can getting daily cardiovascular and strength-building exercise. Avoiding alcohol, illicit drugs, and certain medications can help as well. If you struggle with making healthy lifestyle choices, it is a good idea to work with a nutritionist and personal trainer who can steer you in the best direction for your body type and ultimate goals. When these methods fail, talking to a board-certified plastic surgeon may be your best option for dealing with gynecomastia.

Candidates for Male Chest Reduction

If you feel comfortable revealing your chest contours, clothed or unclothed, after surgery and are seeking permanent results, you may be a good candidate. However, if scarring makes you feel self-conscious, or if you are prone to gaining weight, you may not be a good candidate for this procedure. Dr. Brueck will discuss the pros and cons of the procedure with you prior to surgery during your private consultation.

What can I expect from Male Chest Reduction?

If you are in good general health, have a positive attitude and realistic expectations, you are most likely a good candidate for this procedure. 

How Long Gynecomastia Surgery can take

Male breast reduction surgery may take between 90 minutes and two hours depending on the specific needs of the patient. During your initial consultation, Dr. Brueck will carefully evaluate your chest, discuss what surgical options will be needed, and help you determine how long you can realistically expect your surgery to take.

What Happens During the Gynecomastia Procedure?

During male breast reduction, liposuction is used to remove stubborn fat deposits from the chest. When necessary, excess glandular tissue can be removed as well. The end result is a firm, better defined, and more masculine-looking pectoral area.

Can Male Breasts Grow Back After Gynecomastia Surgery?

No. Male breasts cannot “grow back” after the fat or glandular tissue has been removed. New fat can, however, accumulate when care is not taken to maintain results. As with attempts to deal with the condition without surgery, it can be useful to work with a nutritionist and personal trainer following male breast reduction to help prevent new fat accumulations from developing. Diet and exercise will be essential for maintaining a healthy-looking upper body, even after male breast reduction surgery.

Will I Have Scarring After Gynecomastia Surgery?

All surgeries require incisions. All incisions leave scars. Dr. Brueck takes every care to minimize scarring, including the use of advanced liposuction techniques that allow for smaller incisions. You can help reduce visible scarring by avoiding all products with nicotine and medications that thin the blood in the weeks leading up to and following your procedure. You will also need to keep your incisions dry and clean, and carefully follow all of Dr. Brueck’s pre and postoperative instructions to help ensure the most pleasing results.

Male Chest Reduction Recovery

Gynecomastia surgery usually has a relatively short recovery period; however, recovery time after surgery can depend on the severity of your condition and what was performed. The average patient, treated with a combination of liposuction and breast gland tissue excision, will likely be back to work after a week. Dr. Brueck will apply a compress dressing and prescribe an oral medication for pain management.

How Long Will the Results of Gynecomastia Surgery Last?

With a healthy diet and regular exercise, your male breast reduction results should be permanent. Lifestyle choices, including marijuana use, excessive alcohol consumption, general inactivity, and poor dietary choices can, however, undo the results. The best candidates for male breast reduction are men who have already or are prepared to adopt a healthy lifestyle.

Call 239-939-5233 to schedule your initial cosmetic consultation at Beauty by Brueck. Dr. Brueck serves men Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Punta Gorda, and throughout Southwest Florida.