Gynecomastia, a condition of over developed breasts in men, is common in men of any age. It can be the result of hormonal changes, heredity conditions, disease or the use of certain drugs.
Am I a Good Candidate for this procedure?
Surgical correction of gynecomastia is best performed on:
Men whose condition cannot be corrected through alternative medical treatments
Healthy individuals who do not have a life-threatening illness or medical conditions that can impair healing
Men with a positive outlook and specific goals in mind for improving the physical symptoms of gynecomastia
Considering Breast Reduction
Gynecomastia can cause emotional discomfort and impair your self-confidence. Some men may even avoid certain physical activities and intimacy simply to hide their condition.
Gynecomastia is characterized by:
- Excess localized fat
- Excess glandular tissue development
- A combination of both excess fat and glandular tissue
- Gynecomastia may be present unilaterally (one breast) or bilaterally (both breasts)
How Will My Plastic Surgeon Evaluate Me?
Your plastic surgeon will examine your chest, taking measurements and preoperative photographs for your medical records. The size and shape of your breasts, the quality of your skin and the placement of the nipples and areolas will be carefully evaluated.
Will my insurance help cover the cost of surgery?
Insurance coverage is sometimes available for breast reduction surgery. Many factors determine your eligibility, including specific terms of your insurance policy and the amount of breast tissue to be removed. A letter of predetermination may be required by your insurance company prior to surgery.
The final results of breast reduction in men are permanent in many cases. However, if gynecomastia resulted from use of certain prescription medications, drugs including steroids or weight gain you must be fully free from these substances and remain a stable weight in order to maintain your results.
All scars are permanent, even though some scars may be concealed in the natural contours of the breast.
Adolescents may benefit from surgery, although secondary procedures may be needed in the future should breast development continue.