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Ideal Candidates for Male Breast Reduction Surgery

By Constance M. Barone, M.D. on April 15, 2015

A man's muscular chestDr. Constance Barone has helped numerous patients throughout San Antonio with effective breast surgery that enhances and improves curves and overall body contour.

When most people think of breast surgery, they typically think of women. In fact, there is a kind of breast surgery designed for men who are dealing with chests that are effeminate in appearance. Let's consider this matter and who are the most ideal candidates for the surgery.

What causes men to develop an effeminate chest area?

There are many different causes of this problem.

For one, there is a medical condition known as gynecomastia, which applies to the swelling of a man or boy's breast tissue as a result of imbalances in hormones.

In addition, there is the issue of weight gain to consider. Sometimes major weight gain results in an unfortunate accumulation of fat in the chest area, which makes a man's chest appear effeminate.

There are also other environmental and genetic factors to take into account, but the two above scenarios tend to cover many cases of enlarged male breasts that plastic surgeons see.

How Male Breast Reduction Surgery Works

Male breast reduction surgery can be performed in a variety of ways.

For minor issues with chest contour, liposuction alone may be sufficient for improving the appearance of a man's chest. For more serious cases of gynecomastia, incisions on and around the chest will need to be made in order to remove excess glandular tissue as well as fat. The incisions tend to be hidden around the edge of the areola (the dark skin around the nipple) and/or along the natural lower crease of the chest.

General Candidacy for Male Breast Reduction

Good candidates for male breast reduction are men who suffer from the noted body contouring issues. They should be in relatively good health overall and not suffer from any kinds of systemic conditions that would make surgery a potential risk to general wellness.

A Willingness to Lose Weight and Try to Keep it Off

If the appearance of the effeminate chest is the result of weight gain or excessive fat, it's important that patients be committed to eating right and exercising before and after their surgery is performed. We find that this tends to lead to the best and longest-lasting results of male breast reduction surgery.

Realistic Expectations About the Surgery and Side Side Effects

As with all kinds of cosmetic/elective procedures, patients should have realistic expectations about the surgery and what it can achieve. Patients should note that scarring will occur, but all attempts will be made to ensure that the scars are as subtle and well-hidden as possible.

Close Adherence to Pre-Op and Post-Op Instructions

In addition to committing oneself to a healthy diet and ample exercise, it is also important that patients follow all pre-op and post-op instructions to the letter. These instructions are in place to ensure that patients are healthy for the surgery and they are less likely to experience any serious complications or prolonged side effects.

Schedule a Consultation for Body Contouring and Sculpting

If you would like more information about male breast reduction surgery and how it can help you have a leaner and more masculine frame, be sure to contact our cosmetic skin care and plastic surgery center today. Dr. Barone and her team will work with you to ensure you achieve all of your aesthetic goals.

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San Antonio, TX 78240

All Hours Directions (210) 614-0400