Four Reasons More Men Are Turning to Breast Reduction Procedures

If you’re a man who is uncomfortable with the size of your pectorals, you’re not alone. As of last year, men accounted to 40% of all breast reduction procedures, a considerably large proportion compared to just a few years ago.

Excess breast tissue in men, known as gynecomastia, is rarely talked about, but is actually quite common, affecting about 40 to 60 percent of men. Certain medical problems and drugs have been linked to male breast overdevelopment, but there is no known cause for the vast majority of gynecomastia cases.

For those men who feel particularly self-conscious about gynecomastia, a plastic surgery procedure called male breast reduction surgery is available. The procedure removes fat and/or glandular tissue from one or both breasts to ameliorate the problem and give the pectorals a more natural appearance. In extreme cases, excess skin can be removed as well. The result is a flatter chest with an improved contour.

Here are four reasons more men than ever are turning to breast reduction procedures:

  1. Genetics — in spite of lifestyle choices, some men simply have a genetic predisposition to developing larger pectorals, particularly as they get older. Breast reduction procedures give these men an opportunity to reverse the course of nature.
  2. Excess weight — 68% of Americans are now considered overweight. As a male packs on more pounds, the breast region is one of the common places where fat is stored. Breast reduction, along with other lifestyle and dietary changes, can help you hit the reset button and get back in shape.
  3. An emphasis on fitness — our society is becoming increasingly health-conscious, and there is increased pressure for both men and women to appear fit. This not only projects physical fitness, but also the ability to take care of oneself, and for men having a well defined pectoral region is of increased importance.
  4. Cosmetic surgery is more acceptable — it used to be that men didn’t consider plastic surgery, or if they did, they kept it under wraps. These days, plastic surgery for men is much more common, and that has helped to increase the number of men who are aware of the option and willing to take it.

After undergoing male breast reduction surgery for gynecomastia, you will have a chest that is flatter and firmer. A more masculine chest contour will not only enhance your appearance, but can help you feel more confident and comfortable. The results of the procedure are significant and permanent.

If you are concerned about gynecomastia, get in touch with us to set up a consultation. To see male breast reduction photos from our practice, click visit our Before & After gallery.