Plastic surgery in the United States has almost always been focused on patients who want bigger, more noticeable breasts. But a fast-growing segment of plastic surgery customers—men—are making the opposite procedure surprisingly popular too. In 2015, male breast reduction surgery accounted for 40% of all breast reductions, an increase of nearly 35%.
The numbers, from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, suggest that men are becoming more conscious about their appearance, and are likely to take steps toward improving it.
Candidates for male breast reduction surgery:
- Have excess breast tissue that doesn’t respond to other treatments
- Have breasts whose size has stabilized
- Are bothered by their excess breast tissue, and want to do something about it
- Are physically healthy, with no life-threatening conditions
- Weigh a normal amount
- Should not smoke, or should be willing to quit before the procedure
- Should have realistic expectations for the procedure and a positive outlook
Male breast reduction surgery generally is done using one of two techniques: either the breast tissue is removed in a standard liposuction procedure, or fat and excess skin are both removed using an excision technique. The type of technique used depends on several factors, including the amount of fat that needs to be removed. In some cases, a combination of both surgeries may be required.
If you have experienced a noticeable and unwanted increase in your breast tissue, male breast reduction surgery could be the solution you’ve been looking for. The Boston-area plastic surgeon Dr. George P. Chatson can meet with you to explain how the procedure would go and what results you can expect. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Chatson by calling 978-687-1151. Dr. Chatson serves patients in Lowell, Andover, and the surrounding areas.