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Plastic Surgery Questions from Men

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What is gynecomastia?
Many men have enlarged breasts, or gynecomastia. It can be the result of some medications, hormones or genetics. Excessive alcohol use, tobacco use, marijuana use and anabolic steroid use can also lead to gynecomastia. Gynecomastia can cause physical as well as emotional problems. Surgical reduction of the breasts may result in a more masculine contour of the upper body and a better self-image. Surgery may just remove excess fat or glandular tissue and may involve removing excess skin in some patients.

How is male breast reduction performed?
There are several techniques available for male breast reduction. The method used depends on the amount of glandular tissue and excess skin. The reduction can be done using only liposuction or a small incision along the lower border of the areola, or the dark skin around the nipple, can be used to excise the glandular tissue. If a lot of excess skin is present, a larger incision will be necessary to excise the loose skin.

Written by: Dr. Levi Young

Dr. Levi Young, board certified in plastic surgery, offers an extensive array of body contouring procedures and facial plastic surgery procedures, and focuses on building an individualized treatment plan for every patient. Contact Advanced Cosmetic Surgery at 913-341-2188 to schedule a free consultation.