What does the Male Breast Reduction Procedure Involve?

Breast enlargement in men or gynecomastia is a common condition that affects men of all ages. Caused by hereditary factors, hormonal changes, obesity or the use of certain drugs, gynecomastia can occur at any stage of a man’s life. It can impair a man’s confidence and can affect his quality of life. Apart from the embarrassment and social anxiety the condition can cause, overly large breasts can result in neck, shoulder or back pain and also make it difficult for men to exercise and perform other activities. Losing fat through diet and exercise may help to a certain extent, but getting male breast reduction in NYC can provide a long-lasting solution to “man boobs”.

Male Breast Reduction

The male breast reduction procedure involves removing unwanted fat and glandular tissue, and in some cases, excess skin, to result in a flatter, firmer, well-defined chest. Expert NYC plastic surgeons utilize safe and effective minimally-invasive liposuction techniques such as BodyTite RFAL (radiofrequency assisted) or SmartLipo Triplex (laser assisted) liposuction to address the excessive build-up of fat and breast, and provide a more masculine looking chest.

  • BodyTite Male Breast Reduction

    The BodyTite liposuction procedure utilizes RFAL energy to reduce excess fatty tissue and tighten skin. RF heat passes from an internal cannula to an external electrode, targeting the adipose tissue and fatty areas. The fat gets liquified and the device aspirates it and coagulates the tissues. The RF energy liquefies the fat, tightens the skin, and allows the surgeon to sculpt the chest effectively.

  • SmartLipo Male Breast Reduction

    Male breast reduction using the Smartlipo laser liposuction technique involves using laser energy to address unwanted fat. The procedure combines three laser wavelengths (1440, 1064 and 1320 nm) and provides excellent fat removal, tissue coagulation and skin tightening effects.

Both these minimally-invasive procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis using local anesthesia, where the patients remain awake throughout the procedure and are usually allowed to go home the same day. They require only small incisions and remove excess fat effectively, without damaging the surrounding muscle and tissue. Other benefits of these technologies include minimal surgical trauma, reduced downtime and quick recovery. The treatment may also include improving the size and position of the areola.

Another major advantage of these minimally-invasive treatments are less scarring. While removing the breast tissue surgically, incisions are usually placed around the nipples or under the armpit – in a way that they are not noticeable. Moreover, these minimally-invasive treatments involve less bleeding, swelling, and bruising than traditional liposuction.

However, not every man is an ideal candidate for this procedure. Candidates should be over 18 years of age and breast growth must have stabilized. If male breast reduction is performed before growth is complete, the breasts may continue to grow, which will affect the results. Other factors that determine candidature for male breast reduction in NYC include:

  • Are healthy and do not have a life-threatening illness or medical conditions that can impair healing
  • Have a positive outlook and specific goals in mind for improving the physical symptoms of gynecomastia
  • Are not on any medications that can lead to gynecomastia; you should let your surgeon know if you are on medications such as blood thinners that may affect healing from the procedure.
  • Nonsmokers and non-drug users
  • Have good skin elasticity
  • Have realistic expectations
  • Are emotionally stable

If a candidate is identified as overweight, then they will be advised to follow a proper diet and exercise regimen to reach the ideal weight. Once they reach the ideal weight and if still the over development of the breasts persists, gynecomastia treatment may be recommended.

It’s very important to understand that male breast reduction is an individualized procedure. You should only consider it if you need it for yourself and not to please someone else or to achieve any sort of ideal image.

If you are planning to get male breast reduction in Manhattan, NYC, choose an AAASF-accredited plastic surgery practice that has surgeons who have extensive experience in performing this procedure. The right surgeon will be ready to answer all your questions related to the treatment and guide you in taking an informed decision. Moreover, in an AAAASF-accredited plastic surgery practice, you can expect adherence to the highest standards of safety and care.