Male Breast Reduction

A firm, squared-off chest is the masculine ideal. But as all too many men know, gynecomastia (enlarged breasts), can be a source of discomfort as well as embarrassment and lost confidence. But there’s help: male breast reduction in the Westport and Fairfield, Connecticut, area from Dr. Ellen Mahony.

Ready to learn more about male breast reduction? As a Connecticut plastic surgeon, Dr. Mahony has the training to help you and give your surgical experience a personal touch. Request an appointment with her today to achieve real results from an experienced surgeon with a keen eye for detail.

More Info on Male Breast Reduction in Connecticut

For men who are self-conscious about excess fat and tissue in their chest, Dr. Mahony offers male breast reduction procedures to treat gynecomastia. Gynecomastia is a relatively common condition in men that is characterized by overdeveloped, disproportionately large breasts that are often feminine in appearance. Dr. Mahony can recontour male chests and remove fatty tissue using a combination of skin removal (if necessary) and tumescent liposuction in Westport, Connecticut, near New Haven. Traditional surgical excision is also an option for some.

Men who suffer from gynecomastia may feel ashamed about their appearance. The condition is particularly troubling when it occurs during puberty or adolescence, as young men become the subject of locker-room teasing. Regardless of age, no male wants full breasts. While in some cases, the condition will resolve on its own or with weight loss, some men need a surgical solution for their problem. Dr. Mahony will work closely with you at her Connecticut cosmetic surgery practice, where she has helped many men improve their appearance through cosmetic breast surgery.*

Request your consultation with Connecticut plastic surgeon Dr. Ellen Mahony at her plastic surgery practice in Westport, Connecticut to learn more about male breast reduction to treat gynecomastia. You can also call her office at (203) 221-0102 to schedule your appointment.

FAQ

Is it possible to exercise away male breast tissue?

No, unfortunately it isn’t possible to spot reduce the soft tissue build-up in male breasts. Depending on your age, the tissue may be firm and glandular or fatty.  It’s very common to use a combination of  liposuction and/or surgical removal of the fatty glandular tissue. However, chest exercises are great for strength and your metabolism and you can (and should!) return to all strength training exercises about 3-4 weeks after your procedure.

Is it possible for the fatty breasts to return even after liposuction?

The procedures used in male breast reduction result in permanent removal of the fat and glandular tissue. However, certain conditions such as use of steroids or gaining a significant amount of weight can cause increased breast tissue again. We’ll discuss what to avoid and your specific case in our consultation.

What is gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia is the medical term used to describe enlargement of the breast tissue in men and boys. Medical problems that can contribute to gynecomastia include thyroid, kidney and liver issues. Also, it can occur or as side effect of some medications. But most of the time it’s related to an imbalance between estrogen and testosterone, where estrogen is in excess. It’s most commonly seen in men as infants, at puberty and in middle aged to older men. These time frames in male aging are often associated with changing testosterone levels.

What causes “man boobs” that are soft but still too big?

When the breast is enlarged due to fat deposits (not breast tissue), we call that pseudogynecomastia or lipomastia. This is often seen in middle aged or older men who also have some skin laxity.

How would I know if I have gynecomastia or lipomastia?

In gynecomastia, the enlarged tissue is usually firm, rubbery and centered behind the nipple on both sides. It can at times be tender. In comparison, lipomastia is more likely to effect the entire breast and is softer, more regular and not tender. It will feel like fat.

Will gynecomastia go away on it’s own?

For boys who have not reached puberty, it may regress on its own as the testosterone: estrogen balance shifts. Unlikely that it will regress in middle aged or older men.

What is the treatment for gynecomastia?

Treatment may include liposuction, direct excision of the tissue through a small incision, or a combination of both. When lax skin is also part of the complaint, additional incisions often are needed to take up the “slack,” similar to a breast lift design.

What’s the recovery like from surgery for gynecomastia?

You may be surprised to learn that the recovery is pretty smooth. There is always some chest soreness but since the muscle is not effected, most men describe this as just discomfort. In fact most find this easily managed with ice, massage and anti-inflammatories. Most men return to work within 3-5 days and unrestricted activity in 3-4 weeks!