Male Breast Reduction is On the Rise
Posted December 12, 2018
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, there was a 36 percent increase in men having breast reduction surgery in 2016 and it continues to increase in demand. Male gynecomastia can be caused by an imbalance between the amount of estrogen and androgen in the body and is seen most commonly at puberty. Other causes include an adverse reaction to medications like antibiotics, anabolic steroids, and some herbal products. In addition, since marijuana is an estrogen stimulator, a significant use of this drug has also been found to lead to an increase in the size of men’s breasts for some individuals.
One study found that at least 30 percent of males will be affected by gynecomastia in their lifetime and it can happen to men of all ages; in puberty, middle-age and elderly. This is different from enlarged breasts that are caused by carrying extra weight or being obese.
The anxiety that comes from trying to hide large or feminine shaped breasts is the primary reason that a man will decide to have breast reduction surgery.
Men in the Pittsburgh area who are interested in breast reduction surgery often turn to Dr. Jeffrey Antimarino since he performs this surgery on a routine basis. It is because of his experience that patients refer to him as the best plastic surgeon in Pittsburgh.
Overall, there is an increase in men having all types of cosmetic surgery, not just breast reduction. An article about male gynecomastia in Men’s Health attributes this to plastic surgery becoming more accepted by men.
Details on Male Breast Reduction
- This is performed as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia
- Most patients are ready to return to work within a week and a half after surgery, depending on the type of work
- Usually, three weeks after surgery you can resume exercising
- Patients report seeing an immediate improvement in their shape
Before undergoing male breast reduction, you will need to provide a complete medical history. This will allow your surgeon to check for a range of medical conditions that may have caused gynecomastia.
At Bellissimo Plastic Surgery, a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Antimarino is an opportunity to ask questions and have a detailed discussion about gynecomastia. With locations in Shadyside, Monroeville, Robinson, and Greensburg, it’s easy to schedule your private consultation or a virtual consultation with Bellissimo Plastic Surgery.