Male Breast Reduction Surgeries

More and more men are seeking cosmetic plastic surgery to look as young as they feel. In fact, I’d say I see on average three male patients per day – some come because they are interested in nonsurgical facial procedures (like facial fillers) to make them more competitive in the business world, while others look to body contouring procedures to get the sculpted look of their youth. A good percentage of men I’ve seen recently have discovered a more permanent solution to treating gynecomastia (a condition that causes overly large male breasts): male breast reduction surgeries. Liposuction and male breast reduction procedures are generally the two options men have for eliminating excess breast tissue and skin, but today I wanted to focus on the male breast reduction side a bit by sharing some of the key points my patients discuss with me regarding their male breast reduction procedure.

To give you a brief history on gynecomastia, it’s a medical term originating from the Greek phrase meaning “woman-like breasts.” The direct causes can vary but typically stems from genetics, disease, or a hormonal imbalance of estrogen and testosterone which cause the breast glands to increase to an unusually large size. Some men can experience gynecomastia in one breast (often contributing to the breasts looking noticeably uneven) and for others, it can affect both breasts. It’s been reported by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) that 26,175 men underwent male breast reduction in the previous year; a 14% increase from the year before. There can be any number of reasons why this male plastic surgery procedure has gained popularity but the fact remains the same: in order to address oversized breasts, you’ll have to consider a permanent solution.

If you can answer yes to any of these questions, you may be considered a prime male breast reduction candidate:

  • Do you have overly large breasts due to gynecomastia?
  • Are you embarrassed to take off your shirt in public?
  • Have you skipped working out at the gym because you’re self-conscious about your breast size?
  • Would you like to improve your body’s proportions?
  • Has your confidence suffered because of your breast’s appearance?

As I mentioned in my video, I want you to be able to enjoy time outdoors or at the beach without feeling embarrassed. Sorry to break the news but even with the most diligent diet and exercise maintenance, the extra fat you carry on your chest won’t disappear. Luckily, having worked as a double-board certified plastic surgeon with over 22 years specializing in breast procedures, I’ve noticed just how remarkable this procedure can be for men that have spent years hiding behind oversized clothing and not able to live life to its fullest and I hope anyone who can relate may consider doing something about it for themselves. If you’re interested in learning more about male breast reduction surgeries performed at Southern Plastic Surgery, P.C. (SPS), please don’t hesitate to contact me, Dr. David Whiteman, today.

January Spotlight Patient: Meet Denise

There are several things that really seem to validate the rewards of being a plastic surgeon: I get to work with a diverse group of patients on a daily basis, help patients improve their self-image by achieving their personal cosmetic surgery goals, and have the opportunity to build lasting relationships – just to name a few. Through the recommendation of her surgeon and thorough research of my reputation, when Denise first came to Southern Plastic Surgery (SPS), she had successfully battled breast cancer, undergone a double mastectomy in 2012, and was ready to take on breast reconstruction to restore her breasts.

My JOYAs a mother of three adult children with a passion for life, Denise knew that although she had to endure a journey that she did not choose, there was much to be thankful for. We have had the pleasure of working with Denise over the past 2 ½ years and recently caught up with her to welcome her as our January spotlight patient so she could share a bit about her breast reconstruction experience:

“My memories with Dr. Whiteman and his wonderful staff will always be with me. At the first consult, Dr. Whiteman asked me what I wanted – to which I shared what I thought I needed. He was willing to do what I wanted but he wanted the BEST for me. After a very detailed discussion on what my daily life and activities were, we settled on using tissue expanders and implants to complete my breast reconstruction (which today was the BEST choice for me and my active lifestyle).

Dr. Whiteman is very easy to talk to; he listens to everything you say and surprisingly he remembers the office discussions on the day of surgery. Today, I am EXTREMELY THRILLED WITH MY RESULTS! It has enabled me to meet so many people and to help others that have had to deal with breast cancer themselves. During my experience with the Southern Plastic Surgery team, I became a part of their family. They knew about my family just as much as I knew about their families. Even when I had to have a complete hysterectomy and was fearful that the cancer had spread from previous tests in mid-2014, Dr. Whiteman and his staff visited me. The laughter, hugs, and even tears that they shared with me during my journey are something I’ll never forget.

I learned so much from the SPS team and totally enjoyed getting to know the different variety of plastic surgery interns that Dr. Whiteman had in his office during their rotations! I would most definitely consider another plastic surgery procedure but for right now, I am enjoying taking the time to let my body heal from all the previous surgeries – but the newest Laser Lights Laser Center treatments are definitely on my bucket list. I’m enjoying life and still learning something new every day! I try to not take life for granted and pay more attention to even the small things in life.”

Denise’s SPS experience didn’t end after her breast reconstruction but continued as she chose to refine her thighs with liposuction, rejuvenate her face with laser treatments and facials, and even partnered with our in-house NESTA Weight Management Specialist, Jackie Madison and Daryl Madison, experienced ACE certified personal trainer during her recovery through their Lifestyle & Weight Management programs. It’s our philosophy to treat each of our patients as if they were our own family and enjoy getting to know them as they each go through their unique plastic surgery experiences. We hope you’ve enjoyed hearing from Denise and encourage you to check back in the coming weeks when we will be sharing more patient testimonial stories in the future.

Ask Dr. Whiteman: Am I Too Old for a Mommy Makeover?

In the words of Pablo Picasso, “youth has no age.” At the very core, age is a numerical representation of how many years we’ve lived on this Earth. What’s great about aging is that we get to experience many things in a lifetime and whether good or bad, we still have the capability to embody a youthful spirit even as we tack on years. Plastic surgery is an art, one that helps sculpt patients into a form that can positively impact their life and give them a real sense of looking as young as they feel. I’ve been a double-board certified plastic surgeon for nearly 22 years now and I still get the question, “am I too old for a mommy makeover procedure” more times than you may believe.

Whether you’re 30, 40, 50 or 60, if you truly believe that age is just a number, then the answer to this question is easy – no, you’re not too old for a mommy makeover. As a society we tend to get stuck on the nomenclature of just about everything and can lose sight of the real goal that we’re trying to achieve. The current procedure names that we know today are just identifiers we use to describe the type of plastic surgery procedure we’re performing.  Tummy tucks cover the abdomen, breast enhancement works with breasts, and facial rejuvenation to refresh your look.

Since physical changes to the abdomen and breasts commonly arise after women experience childbirth, mommy makeover is the name used to describe a combination breast and body contouring procedure to correct patients’ concerns for multiple areas at once. This also means that it’s not a procedure exclusively for mothers; it’s for all women. It’s for the 55-year-old single woman who lost significant weight and wants to get rid of excess skin and fat around the stomach and on her breasts. It’s for the 36-year-old mother of two who is finished having kids and wants her pooch, caused by weakened abdominal muscles, gone and larger breasts to fill out a bikini. It’s for the 60-year-old grandmother who has aged gracefully in the face but would like the rest of her body to exhibit the same youthfulness (but if she wanted to combine a face procedure she would be a better Grammy makeover candidate).

As your surgeon I can examine if you’re in good mental and physical health to undergo a mommy makeover. Age is factored into the equation to increase your safety as the patient and to decrease any unforeseen risks that arise with any cosmetic or reconstructive procedure. If those two check out then the only person who can answer the “am I too old?” question is you. Plastic surgery is about improving upon what you were already gifted with because it will make you feel better in the clothes you wear, appreciate the reflection in the mirror more, or simply increase your overall happiness. Having the mommy makeover results of your dreams could be just the gift you needed for yourself and no age or misconception of what’s appropriate or not according to society’s standards should get in the way.

Each month we feature a cosmetic procedure by offering special savings to our Atlanta-area patients. Two popular procedures included in the mommy makeover are featured for December and we encourage you to check out our plastic surgery specials page if you’re interested in exploring breast enhancement and body contouring procedures. We are here to help in any way we can so give Southern Plastic Surgery (SPS) a call at 770-622-9100 or get to know more about the SPS team during your consultation with me, Dr. David Whiteman, when the time is right for you.