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What causes gynecomastia?

Most of the time there is no identifiable trigger. There may be a hormonal imbalance that causes the finding. Some medications, particularly in older men, may cause gynecomastia. Smoking marijuana can cause gynecomastia. More concerning causes are typically associated with other medical conditions that are going on. Dr. Shermak will determine if more studies or further workup are needed.

What can I expect from male breast reduction surgery?

Gynecomastia is a condition in men describing the presence of breast tissue – either fatty or glandular – in one or both sides of the chest. Gynecomastia treatment ranges from liposuction, to removal of the breast tissue through an incision around the nipple, to larger excisional procedures of breast tissue and skin that may be necessary for massive weight loss patients in particular. Nipple reduction may also be necessary.

Most often, only small, inconspicuous incisions are necessary to achieve a flatter chest and a more satisfying contour, either undressed or in fitted clothing. More individualized approaches may be necessary for men who have undergone significant weight loss. For many men with gynecomastia who suffer quietly, hiding themselves under baggy shirts, male breast reduction surgery can be a powerful experience in increasing a positive self-image, helping men feel more comfortable working out at the gym or enjoying the beach with their chest exposed.

Who is a good candidate for male breast reduction surgery?

Good candidates are men in good health, both mentally and physically, who are dissatisfied with their appearance and who have realistic expectations about their outcomes. Teenagers may present for the procedure as well as men in advanced age. Dr. Shermak will meet with you to plan for surgical correction.

How do I know I don’t have breast cancer?

Male breast cancer accounts for 1% of all breast cancer. Men with a significant family history are more concerning, as well as men who present with findings in only one breast and not both. Dr. Shermak will meet with you to determine if further studies need to be done to determine if cancer is present. It is rare, but needs to be considered.

What is the recovery like for male breast reduction surgery?

Surgery is often performed on an outpatient basis. One may experience temporary discomfort, swelling, or numbness. Most men resume light activity within a week and drive within 10 days. More vigorous activity should wait for one month.

Additional procedures for a full body makeover

The way you look and feel directly affects your self-confidence. In addition to treating Baltimore male breast reduction patients, Dr. Shermak takes care of many abdominoplasty, liposuction, and body lift patients. Please visit these pages to learn more about the other cosmetic procedures offered.

What is my first step? Schedule a Consultation

We invite you to call Dr. Shermak’s plastic surgery office at 410-616-3000 to schedule your personal, comprehensive consultation today. You may also browse through our online library of success stories in the before and after photography section of this website.

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