Adult men and male teenagers often struggle with overdeveloped, excess breast tissue, known as gynecomastia. An estimated 50-70 percent of men have some degree of gynecomastia (sometimes referred to as “man boobs”), which can be caused by weight gain, anabolic steroid use, hormonal issues, certain medications, marijuana, or genetics. Enlarged male breasts can involve excess glandular tissue, breast skin, and/or localized fat in one or both breasts. Liposuction or a reduction mammaplasty (male breast reduction) can address gynecomastia to give you a flat, masculine chest contour.
Men and women have immensely different physiques and characteristics. Our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Brenda Schiesel, understands the physical features specific to men including the chest and abdomen and customizes your gynecomastia procedure to create a bold aesthetic you’re proud to show off. Liposuction alone may address gynecomastia, but severe cases may require the removal of excess skin and breast tissue.
There are many reasons men of all ages choose to have a breast reduction, such as:
1. Gynecomastia Often Leads to Embarrassment & Self-Confidence Concerns
Both men and women can struggle with self-confidence when it comes to their body shape and appearance. Many times, men with gynecomastia avoid removing their shirt in situations to avoid embarrassment, whether it’s an intimate or public occasion, but breast reduction can improve your body confidence. This self-consciousness is compounded in today’s society, where there’s a lot of pressure to be selfie-ready at all times.
2. Men with Gynecomastia May Have Breast Pain & Tenderness
Men with gynecomastia may experience sensitivity, pain, and/or tenderness along with swelling. That sensitivity could prevent you from doing certain exercises, and you might feel a lump beneath the nipple as well. As the breast tissue expands, the skin stretches, and the areolas can darken. This discomfort typically isn’t severe, but male breast reduction can reduce or eliminate these symptoms significantly.
3. Male Breast Reduction Restores a Masculine Physique Unattainable with Diet and Exercise
Eating healthy and working out can help men lose weight and tone areas of their body, but the chest is especially tricky. Those with gynecomastia who do lose weight often struggle with more pronounced symptoms of gynecomastia as it won’t reduce breast tissue. That’s because the cause of gynecomastia is usually due to hormonal imbalances and other issues. While obesity can contribute to the development of gynecomastia, it’s considered a separate but similar condition, “pseudogynecomastia.”
Contact South Tulsa Plastic Surgery About Gynecomastia
Dr. Schiesel is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, which requires surgeons to go through additional testing, specific training, and show a commitment to further their education and patient safety each year. This credential is voluntary, and plastic surgeons have to re-certify every ten years. By choosing our board-certified plastic surgeon, you know you’re in skilled hands.
If you struggle with gynecomastia, please contact Dr. Schiesel in Tulsa today at (918) 518-5144. South Tulsa Plastic Surgery serves patients in nearby areas including Jenks, Broken Arrow, and Owasso, Oklahoma.