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At Shafer Plastic Surgery in New York City, male breast reduction surgery is a highly performed procedure. The first step is to learn more about the procedure, followed by setting up a consultation with Dr. Shafer in his Manhattan office.
Male chest contouring is a surgical procedure to correct enlarged male breast or man boobs. Man boobs can be caused by two factors. The first is pseudogynecomastia, which is the result of excess fat accumulation in the breast area. This is easily remedied through diet and exercise.
The second factor is a condition known as gynecomastia. Gynecomastia is a condition in which the breasts of a male are enlarged due to swelling of the breast tissue. It can affect both sides or just the nipples or even the entire pectoral area. While it does not usually cause any medical problems, it can cause body-image issues and interfere with a man’s quality of life.
For both of these cases, there is a solution: male breast reduction surgery performed by double-board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Shafer at his NYC office.
Is Male Breast Reduction Suitable for You?
If you are unhappy with the size of your male breasts, you should consult a doctor to determine exactly what is causing it. The condition can be caused by a number of things, such as extra estrogen in your body, age-related decrease in testosterone levels, overactive thyroid, problems with the liver or kidney, vitamin or mineral deficiencies, anabolic steroids, some medication you may be taking, or even possibly a tumor.
Once it is confirmed that you have pseudogynecomastia or gynecomastia, you can think about whether to have male breast reduction surgery or not. Sometimes, the condition is treatable without surgery, either by taking some medication or by changing the lifestyle factors that are causing the gynecomastia.
If surgery is required, you will need to fulfill the following criteria in order to be eligible:
- Be a healthy individual with no serious medical conditions.
- Have a stable bodyweight that is within your ideal weight range.
- Be emotionally stable.
- Be over 18 years of age.
- Have good skin elasticity.
What Does Male Breast Reduction Surgery Involve?
Also known as gynecomastia surgery, this procedure involves the removal of breast tissue, fatty tissue, and/or loose excess skin; some cases require removal of multiple types of tissue. Generally, for pseudo gynecomastia, liposuction will be used to remove fatty tissue, and for gynecomastia, excision will be used to remove glandular tissue and loose skin.
If you’re in the habit of drinking alcohol, smoking or taking recreational drugs, you will need to stop for at least a month leading up to the surgery. This is because they can interfere with your body’s healing ability.
There are a few methods in which the surgery can be done. The most common method involves making an incision underneath the areola and then contouring the lower half of the breast. There is a minimally invasive method as well, where a 5mm incision is made at the edge of the areola through which excess glandular tissue is removed. Lastly, there is the liposuction-only method, where excess fat is removed using a cannula.
Cost of Male Breast Reduction Surgery in NYC
As an experienced New York City male breast reduction surgeon, Dr. Shafer will meet with you in his Manhattan office to discuss all options and pricing.
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Recovery and Results
There will some discomfort and swelling after your male breast reduction surgery, but this is normal. The surgeon will prescribe medication for pain or discomfort. The swelling will subside gradually over a few weeks. Compression garments are recommended to be worn for at least one to two weeks in order to help reduce swelling and support the tissues in their new contours and position.
The full results of the procedure will be seen after about three months, when the swelling should be completely gone. At this point, you will be able to show off your newly contoured chest.
Schedule Your Consultation
Dr. Shafer is known by his patients as one of the best New York City male breast reduction surgeons. As a skilled medical professional, he has years of experience when it comes to body contouring and many other procedures. Contact our office and schedule your male chest contouring consultation with Dr. Shafer today.