Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia)
Also known as gynecomastia, breast reduction for men is the surgical correction of over-developed or enlarged breasts in men. Plastic surgery to correct gynecomastia is technically called reduction mammaplasty, and reduces breast size, flattening and enhancing the chest contours. In cases where gynecomastia is primarily the result of excess fatty tissue, liposuction techniques alone may be used.
In severe cases of gynecomastia, the weight of excess breast tissue may cause the breasts to sag and stretch the areola (the dark skin surrounding the nipple). In these cases the position and size of the areola can be surgically improved and excess skin may be reduced.
Gynecomastia is characterized by:
- Excess localized fat
- Excess glandular tissue development
- A combination of both excess fat and glandular tissue
- Gynecomastia may be present in one or both breasts