Caused by a hormone imbalance, gynecomastia is a condition in which a boy or man has where a man has developed excess breast tissue. Gynecomastia affects an estimated 40 to 60 percent of the male population and it can affect only one breast or both. Certain drugs such as alcohol, anabolic steroids, medications containing estrogen, marijuana, and some medical conditions (cancer, impaired liver function, among others) can cause or contribute to enlarged male breasts, a large percentage of cases are of unknown origin.

While not a serious problem, it can be tough to cope with and can cause social embarrassment. Gynecomastia can resolve on its own, but if it persists, medication and surgery can help. The results of male breast reduction surgery are permanent, although significant weight gain can cause the reappearance of enlarged breasts.

The best candidates for gynecomastia are those who are in good overall health, do not smoke and have realistic expectations for the results. Some of the benefits of surgery include a firmer, flatter, more contoured chest which improves self-confidence and an improved body image.

The Procedure
Male Breast Reduction surgery is performed under general anesthesia and involves liposuction and when tissue is to be removed, a lipoplasty will also be performed. If liposuction only is to be performed, Dr. Goshtasby will insert a thin instrument called a canula through small incisions and remove the excess fat, sculpting the area at the same time to add definition to the chest contours. Any incisions will be tiny and placed within the natural folds of the skin or around the nipple to minimize visible scarring. If excess tissue needs to be removed, he will excise where the suction device will typically be inserted through the existing incisions.

There is little downtime and most are able to return to work within one week to ten days. Any scarring around the nipples will fade over There will be scarring around the nipple of the breast (areola) from this procedure but will fade over time. less visible. There will be some resultant bruising, swelling, and burning sensation immediately after the surgery. To assist with the healing process, patients are often asked to wear an compression garment for 3-6 weeks and limit sun exposure for at least 6 months.

Dr. Goshtasby is committed to providing patient-centric care that is informative, caring and compassionate. He will be happy to consult with you personally to help you decide if Male Breast Reduction surgery is the best option for you.