Enlarged breasts in men is a more common phenomenon than many guys may realize. Gynecomastia is a condition in which excess glandular tissue in the chest area leads to male breast enlargement. In fact, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) affects about 40% of all men in the US. Although there are no physical health risks associated with gynecomastia, the condition can be a crushing blow to a man’s self-esteem and body image. Especially in the spring and summer months with beach and pool season approaching.  That’s why I perform male breast reduction, an outstanding surgical solution to help men with gynecomastia flatten their chest contour once and for all. For anyone wondering exactly what makes someone a good candidate for male breast reduction, I have answered the following questions on the subject.

Ask Dr. Whiteman Good Candidates for Male Breast ReductionQuestion #1: Who is the ideal candidate for male breast reduction surgery?

The ideal candidate for male breast reduction surgery is a healthy adult man who experiences breast enlargement that results from excess glandular tissue, not an accumulation of excess fat in the breast area. As with any other plastic surgery procedures, male breast reduction candidates should be non-smokers, as nicotine use can create complications during surgery as well as during the post-surgery recovery period. Patients should go into their surgery and consultation process with a positive outlook and realistic expectations of what can be achieved with male breast reduction.

Question #2: What age is too young to undergo male breast reduction surgery?

It’s natural for adolescent and teenage boys to experience some degree of breast enlargement. This is often due to hormone fluctuation during puberty and these effects are often temporary. This is why I typically recommend younger men to be patient and wait before deciding to undergo male breast reduction. If their symptoms persist into their twenties, male breast reduction surgery will likely be required to treat their condition.

Question #3: Is male breast reduction an option for men concerned about scarring on their chest after the procedure?

Male breast reduction, like any other plastic surgery procedure, carries the risk of visible post-surgical scarring. Although a patient’s scar depends on factors including how much tissue was removed as well as the quality of their skin, the amount of visible scarring after male breast reduction is typically minimal. It’s also important to remember that with the proper care, scars will fade over time.

When performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon with experience treating this condition, male breast reduction can have an incredible effect on a man’s life. If you think you may be a candidate for male breast reduction, don’t hesitate to contact me, Dr. David Whiteman, at Southern Plastic Surgery to schedule a complimentary plastic surgery consultation today. You can also follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for additional tips, photos, videos, and more.