Is a male breast reduction right for me?

Nearly half of all men have gynecomastia, a condition where fat and glandular tissue are localized in the breasts. In New York and beyond, breast reductions are becoming increasingly more common among men. Each man has his own reasons for undergoing the procedure, from embarrassment and years of bullying to competitive fitness on stage or a relationship change. While complications are rare, it’s important to remember that a breast reduction is a serious and deeply personal procedure and therefore not one to take lightly. Here are some questions you should ask and understand before going under the knife.

What is your motivation?

Society’s pressures are intense. Are you considering doing this for yourself — or for others? Physical health and mental health are closely intertwined. While you deserve to have a healthy outlook on the way you feel, you should never undergo a procedure just to impress others or fit a standard that’s out of your character. Doing so might leave you feeling upset with the results or yourself. Have a candid talk with me or another professional before making your decision.

Do you have realistic expectations?

There’s no understood cause of gynecomastia, but it can be linked to some medications and diseases. That means that for many, it’s just natural. While a reduction can be life-changing, it’s important to have a firm understanding of what your results will be after the procedure takes place. For example, you’ll notice a reduction in size, and you’ll likely be thrilled by it, but you won’t wake up with a six pack a la Brad Pitt. Closely study before-and-after photos to get a better picture of to anticipate and be sure to ask me about any concerns you might have before surgery.

Are you physically prepared for the surgery?

The type of surgery you have will be determined in large part by the make up of your body. If your breasts are mostly fatty tissue, we remove the excess via liposuction through an incision near your nipple or underarm. If, however, mostly glandular tissue is present in your breasts, a surgical cutting of the fat might be a better option and a larger incision will be necessary. Both options will likely have you out of the hospital the same day, but you’ll need to take it easy for a few weeks as things heal.

Is your weight under control — and do you expect that to change?

No one anticipates major weight gain, but certain lifestyle factors can predict or lead to it. If your weight often fluctuates or you’re looking to shed more pounds down the line, it might be wise to wait until you are at a steady weight to avoid bringing back gynecomastia.

Every man deserves to feel comfortable in his skin, and a male breast reduction is becoming a common option to get to that confident place. If you have questions about the procedure, call or stop in today to discuss your options.