Although cosmetic surgery for the breast is generally associated with women, men occasionally seek breast reduction, as well. This is often due to a condition called gynecomastia, in which the male breast tissue becomes permanently enlarged. Dr. Scott Newman can help alleviate this condition in men by performing male breast reduction.

I recently had surgery with Dr. Scott Newman 5 months ago. He did a breast lift with implants and, at the same time he fixed my upper and lower eyelids. I must say, Dr. Newman has changed my life. My eyelid result looks completely natural- I look refreshed but no one can even tell it was from surgery. My breast result is better than anything I imagined I could ever achieve. I saw two other doctors before deciding on Dr. Newman and neither of them gave me the confidence that Dr. Newman gave me. Now, 5 months later, I have scars that are barely visible and I just got back from a vacation where I wore a bikini for the first time in fifteen years! This was the best decision I ever made and I recommend Dr. Newman highly.

Causes of Gynecomastia

Gynecomastia is usually caused by a hormonal imbalance in which the balance between estrogen and testosterone is disturbed. Enlargement of the male breast tissue is fairly common during puberty due to hormonal changes, as well as in infancy due to exposure to the mother’s estrogen, but in these cases it goes away after a period of time. Gynecomastia occurs in adults, and is not likely to disappear on its own. It is not just a growth of fatty tissue in the breast, as occurs in overweight or obese adults, but is actually a growth of the glandular tissue in the breast. It can happen in one or both breasts.

Many men who develop gynecomastia are very self-conscious about the size of their breasts. Male breast reduction can help them regain their self-confidence and feel better about their bodies.

Candidates for Male Breast Reduction

Because the causes of gynecomastia can vary, it is important to determine if your symptoms may be due to a tumor or other condition, or if they are a side effect of certain drugs you may be taking. Once these possibilities are ruled out, you might be a good candidate for male breast reduction. It is also important to determine that your breast enlargement is due to actual enlargement of the glands of the breast and not fat accumulation. Breast enlargement due to fat accumulation is called pseudogynecomastia, and is better treated with diet and exercise than with surgery.

If you are in good health and feel that male breast reduction will increase your quality of life, a male breast reduction consultation with Dr. Newman can help you understand how the surgery is performed and what you can expect from the procedure.

For more information about male breast reduction in the New York City, New York area, please contact Scott E. Newman, MD, FACS at the Advanced Plastic Surgery Center to schedule a free initial consultation.

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