Breast Reduction for Men

One of the most common breast procedures performed on both men and women is breast reduction. Many patients often suffer from overly large breasts that may contribute to both physical and emotional health concerns. For men who suffer from gynecomastia (overly large breasts), a breast reduction is the ideal procedure to reduce the breast size, which does not respond to even the most dedicated nutrition and active regimens.

Breast Reduction for MenAccording to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), there were 22,939 male breast reduction procedures performed in 2013, with an 11 percent increase since 2012. Gynecomastia is a medical term that comes from a Greek phrase meaning “woman-like breasts,” and is typically caused by genetics, disease or a hormonal imbalance of estrogen and testosterone causing the breast glands to increase to an unusually large size. It can occur in one or both breasts, often leaving the breasts looking noticeably uneven.

I perform breast reduction to address the male patient’s underlying issue of excess fat, glandular tissue and skin. When performing a male breast reduction, I utilize liposuction and excision techniques in which a cannula (thin hollow tube) is used to loosen and eliminate excess fat with a vacuum suction through tiny incisions. Once the fat has been targeted, the remaining skin and glandular tissue is removed and tightened to create a smoother, more masculine chest. A nipple reduction may also be incorporated if the size of the patient’s nipple is too large.

Though male breast reduction results are permanent, excessive weight gain can cause breasts to become overly large again. I remind all of my patients that sustaining a healthy lifestyle is vital in order to preserve successful plastic surgery results.

If you are interested in male breast reduction or other plastic surgery procedures, contact Southern Plastic Surgery, P.C. today to schedule your consultation.  Also be sure to connect with me, Dr. David Whiteman, on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for the latest plastic surgery news and information.

Breast Reconstruction FAQ’s

“I am truly blessed to have a doctor so gifted by God with a brilliant mind, skillful hands, and a passionate heart for his patients – I know you have made many sacrifices for me and have been at my side when I needed you; your devotion is greatly appreciated.” – Judy

Atlanta Breast ReconstructionI fully understand the toll that breast cancer has on a woman both physically and emotionally. After undergoing a mastectomy or lumpectomy following a diagnosis, a breast cancer survivor can be overcome by a lack of self-confidence. For over 20 years, I have crafted my expertise in breast reconstruction and have continued to utilize various innovative surgical techniques. With a strong emphasis on restoring the breasts in the most natural way possible, I aim to ensure the best possible care and results for all of my patients. For patients who are interested in undergoing breast reconstruction, I will share a few of the top common questions patients typically ask before/after undergoing surgery:

Q: Who is a good candidate for breast reconstruction surgery?
A: Breast reconstruction is an elective procedure because it is never medically necessary. Breast reconstruction can be performed immediately after a mastectomy or lumpectomy or delayed until all cancer treatment is completed or when the patient is ready. Some women may even choose not to have surgery after a mastectomy at all. Other women may choose to undergo breast reconstruction to maintain their body image and have a sense of closure from their experience with cancer. During a consultation, I will examine the skin, muscle, and residual breast tissue, and depending on your individual case and goals, I will create a personalized treatment plan to provide the most natural breast reconstruction outcome.

Q: How is breast reconstruction surgery performed?
A: When performing the procedure, I first examine the breast and additional areas where skin, tissue, and muscle can be repositioned to restore the breasts if a flap reconstruction method is used. If the patient doesn’t have a suitable amount of tissue, I will insert a silicone or saline implant and tissue expanders, which are balloon-like devices inserted under the skin to gradually stretch the skin, may be utilized to allow space for the breast implant. To improve symmetry and form of the breasts for patients who’ve undergone a full or partial mastectomy, a breast lift, breast augmentation, or breast reduction may also be recommended.

Q: Will my reconstructed breast look and feel the same as my original breast?
A: Usually, the breast may appear flatter or more round depending on whether it is rebuilt using harvested tissue or breast implants. When undergoing breast reconstruction, the size and shape will never be exactly the same as the original breast, but each patient can opt for a smaller or larger size. While a reconstructed breast may mirror the appearance of the original, it will not have the same sensation and feel as the breast it replaces. My overall goal is to exchange the patient’s breast tissue, skin, and the nipple-areolar that were removed during mastectomy to construct new, natural-looking breasts that fit the patient’s body accordingly.

To help raise awareness for breast cancer, I encourage you to get involved with The Sport of Giving, a 501(c)(3) grassroots organization supporting women’s cancer care and prevention with special fundraiser events and Life After the Fight, to promote breast cancer survivors’ professional ventures. To learn more about breast reconstruction at Southern Plastic Surgery, P.C., please contact us to schedule a consultation. Be sure to connect with me, Dr. David Whiteman, on FacebookTwitter, and Google+ for the latest plastic and reconstructive news.