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Male Breast Reduction: It's More Common Than You Think!

Male Breast Reduction: It’s More Common Than You Think!

While many Americans know that breast augmentation is the most commonly performed plastic surgery on women, few know that male breast reduction surgery, or gynecomastia surgery, is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures for men. In fact, male breast reduction surgery is the fourth most performed male-oriented plastic surgery after nose reshaping, liposuction, and eyelid surgery.  

With extensive gynecomastia surgery experience between them, Drs. Paul Gardner and Leo Baccaro understand the psychological impact that the appearance of excess breast tissue can have on a man’s well-being. They understand why men often have a difficult time discussing the condition and are happy to offer the surgery to help afflicted men regain their positive self-image and confidence. If you or someone you know is suffering from gynecomastia, male breast reduction surgery may be the answer!    

Gynecomastia is Much More Common Than You Think

Because men tend to have a difficult time talking about this sometimes-embarrassing condition, few realize how prevalent it is within the male population. In fact, at some point in their lives, more than 70 percent of all males will be afflicted. Many adolescent males suffer some form of gynecomastia because of hormonal imbalances, which is thought to be the primary cause behind the condition. Most adolescent cases resolve themselves over time, but up to 20 percent continue on into adulthood. Researchers believe that gynecomastia can affect up to 65 percent of middle-aged to older men, though, as with adolescent gynecomastia, some cases can resolve on their own. In the cases which do not resolve over time, many men tun to male breast reduction surgery as an effective solution.

Hormone Imbalance Not the Only Trigger

While hormone imbalance is the underlying cause of most cases of gynecomastia, other factors can trigger the condition, too. Numerous drugs can cause the condition, as can some herbal products containing plant estrogens that can affect the body’s hormonal balance. Excessive alcohol and marijuana consumption, as well as anabolic steroids, have also been linked to gynecomastia. However, in up to 25 percent of adult gynecomastia cases, a distinct cause or trigger cannot be identified. Known as “idiopathic gynecomastia”, these cases tend to be difficult to treat non-surgically because of a lack of distinct cause. While there are drug regimens that may help resolve such cases, these standard-of-care drugs are not usually effective in men who have had the condition for longer than a year.

Surgery an Effective Option to treat Gynecomastia

Many men who find that they cannot reduce the size of their over-large breasts through other means turn to breast reduction surgery. The idea may sound daunting to some; however, male breast reduction surgery is an outpatient procedure which only requires a week or two of at-home recovery. Most men with gynecomastia find the resultant slimmer physique and better-defined chest to be well worth it! 

Learn More Through a Consultation at Gardner Plastic Surgery

If you would like to learn more about gynecomastia and male breast reduction surgery, Dr. Paul Gardner or Dr. Leo Baccaro would be happy to speak to you in a one-on-one consultation. Either can discuss your condition and all efforts to treat it to determine the best course of action, and detail which surgical techniques can help alleviate the condition and achieve aesthetic goals. Contact Gardner Plastic Surgery today at 239.566.2611 to schedule your initial consultation.

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At Naples Plastic Surgery, our cosmetic services are designed to contour and enhance your body to help you achieve the body image that you desire. Known for offering among the best facial plastic surgery in Naples, our board-certified surgeons are known as much for their artistry as they are for their surgical skills. We understand that your image is the key to feeling great, so we will provide you with the most reliable advice and services to help make you look and feel your best.

The surgical team at Naples Plastic Surgery has the training and experience necessary to help you pursue your own individual cosmetic goals down to the very last detail, all in a warm, comfortable, and private environment.

Dr. Paul Gardner, MD, FACS is a board-certified plastic surgeon serving Southwest Florida. As one of the leading plastic surgeons in Naples, FL, Dr. Gardner has more than 25 years of experience performing facial procedures including composite facelift, mini facelift, brow lift and skin cancer removal procedures. He also possesses expertise in breast augmentations, tummy tucks, and labiaplasty.

Dr. Leopoldo M. Baccaro, MD received extensive training at the prestigious Houston Methodist Hospital in the Texas Medical Center, where he worked with some of the most well-renowned practitioners in the art of cosmetic surgery. With honors and awards throughout medical school and his residency, Dr. Baccaro earned a stellar reputation for high quality surgical care with both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery procedures.

Dr. Mark Walsh, MD, FACS is a board-certified plastic surgeon serving Southwest Florida. Dr. Walsh participated in the prestigious plastic surgery training program at Duke University. He has also served as an invited reviewer and has provided expert commentaries for multiple surgical journals, including the highly regarded Aesthetic Surgery Journal.

Dr. Andrew M. Bonett, MD specializes in both reconstructive and cosmetic plastic surgery, with specific interests in reconstruction after breast and skin cancers, including Mohs reconstruction. His experience also includes reconstruction following traumatic injuries, body contouring, and general cosmetic plastic surgery procedures.

The plastic surgery process at Naples Plastic Surgery begins with a one-on-one, confidential consultation in which your surgeon conducts an examination to determine which procedures are likely to produce the most robust aesthetic improvements. This includes a comprehensive discussion with you to identify the benefits, risks and costs associated with each procedure. It may be possible to combine a number of surgical procedures into a single surgery if you desire and if your medical condition permits it.

As with any medical procedure, there is no guarantee that a desired outcome will be achieved. There are a number of health risks associated with even minor medical procedures. If you have any health issues or concerns, please feel free to discuss them any time with your surgeon at our Naples’ plastic surgery center.
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