Candidates for Male Breast Reduction Surgery By James E. Murphy, MD on January 06, 2015

A toned and shirtless manAt Murphy Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa, we have helped countless patients in and around Reno with their body sculpting and contouring needs. This includes cosmetic breast surgery for men and women to improve overall shape, firmness, and figure. With this in mind, we'd like to consider male breast surgery as a number of patients have misconceptions of what it involves and who is an ideal candidate for it.

About Large Male Breasts and Gynecomastia

Effeminate breasts in men can be a major issue. The condition is sometimes known as gynecomastia, particularly when related to hormonal imbalances in the patient.

In many cases, the effeminate chest is the result of genetics, with hormone levels and/or fat distribution leading to chests that appear feminine rather than masculine. Weight gain can also contribute to these matters, with overall body contour affected. Effeminate chests can be a major source of self-consciousness in men.

What does male breast reduction surgery involve?

Male breast reduction will often involve a combination of liposuction and other forms of skin tightening and tissue removal. The exact procedure will be discussed in more detail during your visit, but the principle is generally the same: reduce the amount of fat and glandular tissue in order to sculpt a more masculine appearance.

General Candidacy for Male Breast Reduction

Candidates for male breast reduction should be in good overall health and not suffer from any kinds of serious medical problems that would make surgical procedures a potential hazard or risk to overall wellness.

A Willingness to Lose Weight Naturally Prior to Surgery

Since male breast reduction often involves liposuction and removal of fat pockets, it's important for patients to do their best to lose weight in a healthy manner. By naturally trying to slim down, the results of surgery are likely to be better for patients in the long run.

Realistic Expectations About Male Breast Reduction Surgery

Candidates for make breast reduction should also have realistic expectations about the nature of the procedure and what it entails. While incisions are well hidden and small, patients should understand that some scarring--as minimal as it may be--is a common part of the surgical process. Candidates for male breast reduction should also understand all of the potential risks and benefits of the procedure and note that instructions for post-op care.

A Commitment to Wellness Following Surgery

In addition to trying to lose weight prior to surgery, candidates for male breast reduction should also be committed to wellness after the surgery is performed. This means exercise and a healthy diet to help keep the weight off in the long run and prevent other body contour issues down the road.

Is male breast reduction surgery right for me?

The best way to find out if male breast reduction is the best option for you and your needs is to contact our practice and stop by for a consultation. We will answer all questions that you may have and address any concerns, and we will also be happy to discuss any other procedures that may be helpful for your other body contouring needs.

Schedule a Consultation at Murphy Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa

For more information about all of your options for advanced body contouring, be sure to contact our cosmetic skin care and plastic surgery center today. We at Murphy Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa look forward to your visit and helping you achieve the look of your dreams.

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Dr. James Murphy

Murphy Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa

Dr. James Murphy is a highly trained, board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon who has been in practice 25 years. He serves patients throughout Reno and Lake Tahoe and is affiliated with several prestigious organizations, including: 

  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons 
  • American College of Surgeons 
  • American Medical Association 
  • Reno Surgical Society

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