Gynecomastia and Male Breast Reduction: Five Things You Need to Know

Many men today suffer from gynecomastia, an embarrassing condition that leaves men with unusually large breasts. This condition can make minor tasks incredibly stressful, like changing in a locker room, working out, or spending time on the beach. Men are often ashamed of their large breasts, feeling humiliated and uncomfortable in their own bodies.

Male breast reduction can help men feel confident and comfortable in their bodies again. 

Male breast reduction can help men feel confident and comfortable in their bodies again. 

Thankfully, a procedure has been developed to help alleviate some of this anxiety. Here are 5 of the most frequently asked questions regarding male breast reduction.

1. What Is the Cause for Gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia can be caused by a number of factors. Lower testosterone levels can result in enlarged glands in the breast, and fatty tissue under the breasts can accentuate this condition. Other causes may be extreme weight loss or gain, genetics, or aging. Any one of these can be a cause for the development of male breasts.

2. What Can Be Done About Gynecomastia?

A common cause for large male breasts is extreme weight gain, so the natural solution would be to work off the extra pounds. For some people though, this weight gain may have resulted in stretched skin in the breasts that does not diminish with weight loss. In such cases, plastic surgery is a viable option.

The procedures available for male breast reduction vary depending on the cause for the enlargement. An assessment by a qualified plastic surgeon can help to identify the individual cause for the gynecomastia and what can be done to help that patient regain their manly figure.

3. What’s the Procedure for Male Breast Reduction?

After having determined the cause for a particular client’s condition, a qualified Bellevue plastic surgeon will decide which procedure will produce the patient’s desired results. One method is to use liposuction to remove excess tissue from the chest area. Another is to perform a direct incision to remove the excess breast tissue.

Both procedures are performed in such a way as to leave very little visible scarring, and both can be completed within a couple of hours. The downtime and discomfort following the procedure is minimal, and a significant reduction in breast size is immediately visible.

4. How Do I Know if I Am A Candidate for a Breast Reduction?

There are very few limitations that stand in the way of having a gynecomastia surgery. If you suffer from having large male breasts and are in good health, then you could be a good candidate for a gynecomastia procedure that can reduce your symptoms and give you the toned, masculine features you’re looking for.

5. How Much Does Male Breast Reduction Cost?

The cost of a male breast reduction surgery varies according to the cause of the condition and the type of surgery necessary to achieve the desired results. According to the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, prices for gynecomastia procedures range from $1000-$10000 on average in the Seattle area.

One Last Thing to Consider

A critical part of a successful male breast reduction surgery is to find a plastic surgeon with whom you are comfortable. Dr. McIntosh has performed many transformative procedures, and all of his patients trust his work. Many Bellevue and Seattle patients can’t believe the transformation they've experienced, and have enjoyed a renewed confidence in their physical appearance following a procedure by Dr. McIntosh. To learn more about the procedures Dr. McIntosh offers, or to schedule a consultation, feel free to give us a call, or contact us online.


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