Male Breast Reduction

When breast tissue develops in men and boys, it’s indicative of a condition called gynecomastia. Although embarrassing, current figures estimate that up to 65% of men are affected by it to at least some degree. Understandably, it can be difficult for these patients to share their concerns. But the ones who do are glad they did. Male breast reduction here at the Guilford, CT, office of Dr. Beth Collins is a proven way to reduce male breasts and create a flat, contoured chest.

The Basics of Male Breast Reduction

Breast reduction for male patients differs from breast reduction for women. In addition to different anatomy, these populations have different aesthetic goals. While women typically want to enjoy breasts that are smaller and more proportionate, male patients want their breast tissue gone altogether. The surgery makes use of incisions placed around the areolas (the area of colored skin around the nipples), which results in very discreet scars after the healing process is complete. Occasionally, Dr. Collins can make incisions in the armpits instead of around the areolas. During surgery, the glandular tissue is removed. The result is a smooth, flat chest contour that you’ll feel more comfortable showing off.

Male Breast Reduction Candidates

Before undergoing male breast reduction, it’s important to determine the root cause of your gynecomastia. While the condition typically has no discernible cause, it can occasionally be related to drug use, a hormonal imbalance, or an underlying disease. Good male breast reduction candidates are men who are in generally good health and at or near a healthy weight. Being significantly overweight or obese can increase the risks associated with surgery, and male breast development can sometimes be associated with carrying excess weight. Losing weight can make your surgery safer and might even eliminate the need for it altogether. Men who undergo surgical treatment for gynecomastia here in Guilford are typically very satisfied with their long-lasting results.

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Beth Collins, M.D.

As a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Beth Collins offers a blend of clinical expertise and warm, open communication to ensure beautiful results from your chosen procedure. Learn more about her experience and explore what she can do for you.

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What Happens During Surgery?

Dr. Collins performs male breast reduction while you are under general anesthesia. Once you are unconscious, she makes careful incisions around your areolas before surgically excising the glandular tissue responsible for breast development. In many cases, she also selectively uses liposuction to help further refine results and improve the contours of the chest. Finally, she closes the incisions. After a short period of observation, you can head home in the care of a responsible adult.

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Male Breast Reduction Recovery & Results

After your male breast reduction surgery, you’ll need to take it easy for a few days to allow your body to heal properly. You’ll feel some moderate soreness, which is manageable with prescription pain medications. Although most male breast reduction patients feel comfortable going back to work and other light daily activities after a week or so, it’s important to take additional time away from exercise and lifting anything more than a few pounds. This allows your chest to heal uninterrupted, resulting in a more attractive outcome and less visible scarring.

You deserve to feel good about your body. Bring out your personal best when you pursue male breast reduction with Dr. Collins. Request your consultation online or call us at (203) 689-5295 to schedule your first visit.

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