Candidates for Male Breast Reduction

man with gynecomastiaMost men who are in good health and suffering with excess breast tissue are considered candidates for male breast reductionMissoula, MT, surgeon Stephen P. Hardy has helped many men achieve a more masculine, toned physique through gynecomastia surgery. Gynecomastia, an overgrowth of breast tissue, is typically a benign condition, but it can significantly compromise a man's confidence. During surgery, excess skin, glandular tissue, and fat is removed to achieve a more masculine chest shape. To learn more about whether male breast reduction is right for you, schedule a consultation with us today.

Causes of Gynecomastia

Excess breast tissue in men can be caused by a number of factors:

  • Hormonal changes
  • Genetics
  • Certain medications and supplements
  • Some medical conditions

In some cases, lifestyle changes, like changing medications, can help men achieve the desired results. To be considered for surgery, a patient must experience excess breast tissue for 12 months or longer. Additionally, your breast development must have stabilized, since puberty can cause hormonal fluctuations.

If you have been unable to achieve your aesthetic goals through weight loss, a healthy diet, exercise, and other non-invasive methods, consider scheduling a consultation at our practice. 

Evaluating Your Health

During your initial evaluation, Dr. Hardy will discuss your health history in detail. It is important that you let us know about any existing health conditions. Diabetes and autoimmune disorders, for example, can place you at greater risk during surgery. If you smoke, Dr. Hardy will likely recommend you quit since the habit can impact your ability to heal properly. Nicotine use can also increase your risk of infection during surgery. 

Anyone considering gynecomastia surgery should be ready to commit to a healthy lifestyle after the procedure. Maintaining a healthy weight in the future is the best way to ensure your long-term satisfaction in your appearance, since significant weight gain could affect your results. 

Aesthetic Concerns and Goals

In addition to being in good health, you should have realistic goals for your surgery. It is important to understand that while the surgery can remove excess tissue, it cannot necessarily achieve the appearance of toned pectoral muscles. In this case, patients may be better candidates for silicone chest implants. 

You should choose to undergo the procedure to meet your own goals, and not because someone is encouraging you to change your appearance. Gynecomastia treatment can be beneficial for patients concerned with:

  • Asymmetrical breasts
  • Disproportionately large breasts
  • Anxiety or depression related to the appearance of your chest

Meanwhile, the best candidates for gynecomastia surgery have sufficient skin elasticity, or the ability of the skin to retract to its normal shape after being stretched. This can play a significant role in achieving natural-looking results.

Schedule a Consultation Today

Gynecomastia affects many men for a variety of reasons. Fortunately, there is a solution. With a unique combination of training, skill, and dedication to his patients' well-being, Dr. Hardy can design a treatment plan to restore your confidence in your appearance. If you are suffering with excess breast tissue, and are ready to make a dramatic change, contact us today to schedule your first appointment. 

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