Male breast reduction surgery is more popular than one might think, as nearly 60 percent of adolescent boys experience enlarged male breasts during puberty. The majority outgrow the condition, known as gynecomastia. For those that don’t, surgery is a viable option.
Quick: what’s the fourth most popular kind of plastic surgery for men in the U.S? Okay, time’s up. Did you guess facelift? If so, you’re wrong.
According to the American Society for Plastic Surgery, male breast reduction surgery is the fourth most popular procedure for men in the United States as of last year.
And it’s not just popular here in the States. The UK-based marketing firm Mintel reports a 70 percent increase in male breast reduction surgery this year compared to the same time last year, making the procedure the fifth most popular form of plastic surgery for men in the UK.
Although it may sound funny, enlarged male breasts — the medical term is gynecomastia — is a serious matter to millions of men. In fact, many adolescent and adult males who have so-called “man breasts” feel deep shame and embarrassment, and can suffer serious psychological and emotional trauma as a result.
The bad news is, diet and exercise usually don’t help. In fact, the condition is usually inherited. The good news is that cosmetic surgery can help.
We recently spoke with Dr. Elliot Jacobs at the annual meeting of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery about the prevalence of gynecomastia in men and available treatment options. He noted that close to 60 percent of all adolescent boys experience enlarged male breasts during puberty; however, the majority eventually outgrow the condition.
For those that don’t, surgery is a viable treatment option.To treat gynecomastia, the surgeon generally removes the unwanted breast fat through a combination of ultrasonic liposuction and direct excision thru small incisions, checks to make sure no cancerous cells are present – yes, men can get breast cancer – and then uses standard plastic surgery techniques to restore the chest to a more normal contour.
Having breasts doesn’t make a man any less masculine. However, it can mean that you need to man up and tell your regular doctor about your condition. If you are diagnosed with gynecomastia, your doctor can refer you to a board-certified plastic surgeon to determine if you are a good candidate for a male breast reduction surgery.