Dr. Mosser earlier wrote a post about the possible causes of man boobs, also known as gynecomastia. As discussed, there are various factors that influence the appearance of unusually enlarged male breasts — from hormonal shifts to obesity to use of certain medications. However, its exact cause is still unknown. Here at our Union Square male plastic surgery practice, men seek Dr. Mosser’s extensive knowledge and expertise in reducing the size and shape of their enlarged male breasts and have expressed their satisfaction of the outcomes.
The Ideal Candidate for Male Breast Reduction
One of the main concerns of men wanting breast reduction is whether or not they are an ideal candidate for the procedure. In general, you should be in excellent health when you’re about to undergo gynecomastia correction. Specifically, you should be within your ideal body weight, has stopped smoking 4 to 6 weeks before the procedure (smoking can significantly delay healing and increase your chances of developing complications after surgery), and any pre-existing medical conditions such as diabetes and hypertension should have been controlled or stabilized by medications.
In addition, it may be best if you’ve taken measures to reduce or eliminate the possible causes of your unusually enlarged breasts such as having committed fully to diet and exercise to aid weight loss or has halted the use of certain medications that potentially caused your gynecomastia.
Having firm, elastic skin on your breasts can also work to your advantage as this will help reshape the skin better for the best possible outcomes.
Lastly, having a clear and in-depth understanding of the procedure and its possible outcomes also makes one an ideal candidate. By and large, Dr. Mosser recommends breast reduction to post-puberty males. Apart from the physical maturity, performing the procedure on men above 18 years also means that they are most likely to be emotionally prepared for the possible change in their body image.
Ideally, we often discourage male breast reduction in men who are still obese or overweight and have not attempted to correct their weight issues yet. Moreover, men who are taking medications such as anabolic steroids and are still managing their excess alcohol consumption may be advised to deal with these issues first.
Planning for Your Breast Reduction with Dr. Mosser
At our practice, treatment for male breast reduction depends on its underlying cause. During your personal consultation with Dr. Mosser, we encourage you to be honest in the discussion of your cosmetic goals, preferences, and reasons for seeking gynecomastia correction.
Call us at 415.398.7778 or fill out this contact form to schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you achieve the body shape you’ve always wanted!