One in 3 American men has enlarged breasts or what is colloquially called “man boobs,” sometimes with enlarged or puffy nipples. The condition is called gynecomastia and is usually caused by hormonal changes. It can occur during infancy, adolescence, or as a result of aging.
Gynecomastia is not usually serious, but on rare occasions, it can be associated with diseases such as breast cancer, liver disease, lung cancer, adrenal or glandular tumors, congenital syndromes, thyroid disorders, or trauma. For this reason, you should see a doctor if you are a man with enlarged breasts.
For the majority of boys and men with gynecomastia, however, the most serious issues are embarrassment and self-consciousness. The best solution is to surgically reduce the breast tissue and reshape the chest for a masculine appearance. The plastic surgeons at Summit Medical Group are experienced in breast reduction for men, and they are sensitive to your need for confidentiality.
The patients we see for male breast reduction range in age from 16 to 70. In younger patients, the cause is generally glandular. In the older man, the condition has usually developed as part of the aging process, and the breasts consist primarily of fatty tissue and lax skin.
We take great care to reduce scarring and return patients to their daily activities as quickly as possible. We also have a protocol that helps you manage post-operative pain and recover more quickly.
Some men combine gynecomastia breast reduction with liposuction to reduce fat in the abdomen or flanks. Read more about liposuction.