Gynecomastia Surgery - Male Breast Reduction in Plymouth, Minnesota

Male breast enlargement, a condition called gynecomastia, is much more common than most people realize. Approximately half of all men will experience some degree of breast enlargement during their lifetime, and the risk of developing this condition increases with age. In some cases, gynecomastia occurs as a result of puberty or the use of certain medications, even in men who are otherwise in excellent physical shape.

Though gynecomastia affects many men, this condition can be incredibly isolating and uncomfortable. At his clinic in Plymouth, Dr. George H. Landis has seen numerous gynecomastia patients who feel self-conscious about their chest, especially when they’re exercising or being intimate with a partner. To help these patients look and feel better, he usually recommends male breast reduction surgery. This procedure can sculpt leaner, more masculine chest contours with minimal discomfort. For many men, it’s the first step towards achieving greater personal freedom and confidence.

What is Gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia is a medical condition marked by the presence of too much male breast tissue. This tissue may take the form of excess fat, but in some cases, men affected by gynecomastia also have more glandular tissue than normal. Contrary to popular belief, a man does not have to be overweight or out of shape to develop gynecomastia. This condition has numerous potential causes, many of which are not directly related to lifestyle factors. Some of the most common causes of gynecomastia are as follows:

  • Hereditary traits
  • Hormonal changes, especially age-related decreases in testosterone
  • Medications and drugs, including steroids
  • Health conditions such as kidney or liver failure, tumors, and hypogonadism
  • Dietary supplements
  • Weight fluctuations

Most men experience breast enlargement during adolescence, but develop slimmer contours during their 20s as their hormones stabilize. For some men, however, breast enlargement persists into adulthood. If you are over the age of 25 and still have fuller breasts than average, male breast reduction surgery may be right for you.

Am I a Good Candidate for Gynecomastia Surgery?

Before we decide whether gynecomastia surgery is right for you, you must be sure that your condition is not related to the use of medications or other significant health issues. Sometimes the treatment of medical problems or changing your medications may correct the problem without surgery. If you are overweight, we recommend improving your diet and exercise habits before considering surgery. Often this condition can be resolved by maintaining healthy body weight. However, if these factors are not causing your breast enlargement, you may be a good candidate for gynecomastia surgery. Ideal candidates for this procedure share the following traits:

  • In good overall health
  • Not significantly overweight
  • Good skin tone and elasticity
  • Have realistic expectations regarding the outcome of the surgery

Before you have breast reduction surgery, you may need to make certain lifestyle adjustments. If you smoke, we’ll ask you to stop smoking for at least three weeks before and after your procedure. (Wearing a nicotine patch is permissible.) Smoking cessation is necessary to avoid surgical complications, including infection and delayed healing. You may also be asked to discontinue the use of some medications, especially any medications that thin your blood. During your consultation, Dr. Landis will review your complete medical history and let you know what changes you need to make, if any.

Your Male Breast Reduction Procedure

During the male breast reduction procedure, excess fat and glandular tissue will be removed to create a masculine appearance.  Depending on your specific concerns, the surgery may include the following techniques:

  • Surgical excision of the glandular tissue
  • Removal of the excess skin
  • Repositioning of the nipples
  • Liposuction

In most cases, male breast reduction can be performed using only minimally invasive “keyhole” liposuction. To perform this type of procedure, Dr. Landis makes a tiny incision near each nipple and uses a very thin tube (called a cannula) to remove excess fat. This technique produces only mild swelling and typically does not cause scarring.

Recovering from Male Breast Reduction Surgery

Male breast reduction recovery is generally brief and straightforward, especially for younger patients. If you have this procedure, you can expect to feel better within three to five days. Most patients can resume light activities, including work, after about one week.

Soreness is uncommon after male breast reduction (as long as patients take their provided pain medication). However, it’s normal to experience minor swelling and bruising around your incision sites for two to three weeks. Some residual swelling may remain for three months or longer, making your chest look fuller than you expected. As this swelling wears off, you’ll be able to see your permanent results. 

Why Choose Dr. Landis for Male Breast Reduction in Plymouth?

Dr. Landis is a board-certified plastic surgeon with more than 25 years of experience performing gynecomastia surgery. He understands patients’ self-consciousness about this condition and strives to provide compassionate, confidential care to men struggling with gynecomastia. To learn more about what sets Dr. George Landis apart from other surgeons in the Plymouth area, contact our Minnesota clinic to arrange a breast reduction consultation. Our team is here to help you achieve the lean, masculine physique you deserve.

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