The term gynecomastia is familiar to many in the medical community, as are numerous other technical terms. To the average person, this word may mean nothing. What might, though, is the term “man boobs.” We hate to even use that term because it’s incredibly unkind. However, it is what most people recognize. It is also a relevant descriptor for what gynecomastia is. This condition literally is male breasts. And, it literally can feel like a never-ending nightmare. We want men in the Louisville area to know that they don’t have to suffer the effects of man boobs. Specific plastic surgery techniques can eliminate this problem.

Why Do Some Men Have Breasts?

All people have breast tissue, but not every person has noticeable breasts. Generally, men have more muscle tissue on their bodies than women. This alone accounts for men typically having flatter chests. Another reason for the difference between the average male and female physique is hormone balance.

Gynecomastia can be triggered by several factors. However, the direct underlying cause may be hormonal. Some men have a more active breast gland than others. Some may engage in lifestyle habits (the use of certain drugs or anabolic steroids) that active this gland. Some may become overweight, throwing off the balance of estrogen to testosterone. Whatever the reason, a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon can help get to the heart of the matter: how to get rid of male breasts.

How Male Breast Reduction Works

Male breast reduction can and should be conducted by a board-certified plastic surgeon. An experienced professional will conduct a thorough medical history, will discuss lifestyle habits, and will conduct an examination of breast tissue. A man doesn’t need to undergo imaging or special tests; gynecomastia is straightforward in terms of diagnosis.

After the consultation and examination, the following may be recommended:

  • Liposuction to extract excess, enlarged fat cells from the breast area. This can reshape the breast when skin tone is good.
  • Excision of the breast gland itself. An overactive breast gland threatens to encourage excess fat in the future. Removal eliminates this problem.
  • Breast “lift” techniques may be necessary when the skin has stretched and become loose. The trimming of loose, sagging skin supports optimal recontouring of the male chest.

Dr. Salzman has been serving the Louisville area for over 25 years. His involvement in the RealSelf community has resulted in being inducted into their Hall of Fame. To consult with an esteemed plastic surgeon about gynecomastia, schedule a visit at 502-425-5200.

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