Let’s start this conversation about enlarged breasts in men with a statistic — at least 30% of males will be affected by the problem at some point in their lives. While this number may provide some comfort in knowing you’re not alone, it doesn’t answer the question about whether there’s anything to be done to rectify the issue. In short, there is.
At Cosmetic Surgery Center, Drs. Trent Fogleman and Paul Benien Jr. offer procedures that can restore a more masculine appearance to men who’ve developed enlarged breasts.
Here’s a closer look at what causes enlarged breasts in men and how we can help.
Common causes of enlarged breasts in men
There are generally two roads to enlarged breasts in men, which include:
With gynecomastia, you develop excess glandular tissue in your breasts as a result of a hormone imbalance. Both men and women produce testosterone (the “male” hormone) and estrogen (the “female” hormone), but the ratios of these hormones depend upon your sex. If these ratios are skewed, you can develop characteristics associated with the opposite sex, such as enlarged breasts in men.
This occurs naturally during certain periods of your life — those baby pictures where you feature chubby breasts are caused by excess estrogen in your mother’s milk. The same problem can develop when you pass through puberty and your hormone levels go on a bit of roller coaster ride.
In both of these instances, the problem usually resolves itself within a few months as your hormone levels regulate themselves.
Some men, however, have chronic issues with imbalanced hormone levels that lead to enlarged breasts, which isn’t necessarily a serious medical issue, but it can impact how you feel about your appearance.
With this condition, your enlarged breasts are caused by carrying excess weight, which leads to fat buildup in your breasts.
However you developed enlarged breasts, the good news is that we offer solutions for both scenarios.
Becoming the right size
To restore a more masculine appearance to your chest, we can perform three types of breast reduction:
- Removal of the glandular tissue
- Liposuction to remove excess fat
- A combination of glandular tissue removal and liposuction
If you have gynecomastia and we need to remove glandular tissue, we typically make the incisions around the edge of your nipple to minimize scarring. With liposuction, we need only make a small incision in order to insert a thin tube to remove the fat.
In either case, we take the most minimally invasive approach possible so that you can enjoy your new appearance more quickly.
To determine which approach is best for reducing your enlarged breasts, your first step is to contact our office in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, to set up a consultation.