Are You a Good Candidate for Male Breast Reduction Surgery?

male breast reduction surgeryGynecomastia is when boys and men have an increased amount of breast gland tissue. It is usually caused by unbalanced estrogen and testosterone hormones, though there are other causes. It can affect one or both breasts. Some men have pseudogynecomastia, which is an increase in fatty tissue in the breast area instead of gland tissue. Gynecomastia can go away on its own, but if not, there are treatments that may help, including male breast reduction surgery.

Causes of Gynecomastia

If you are born male, your body makes mostly testosterone. However, it also makes small amounts of estrogen. If the testosterone level drops and the estrogen level does not, you may be at an increased risk of developing gynecomastia. Many things can lower testosterone or increase estrogen. Other than hormonal imbalances, factors that could cause gynecomastia include:

  • Hormone changes during puberty. The swollen tissue can go away on its own. It could take anywhere from six months to two years.
  • Anti-androgens that are used to treat prostate cancer and an enlarged prostate.
  • Anabolic steroids to treat muscle loss or delayed puberty.
  • Some HIV medications.
  • Some anti-anxiety and ADHD medications.
  • Certain antibiotics.
  • Tricyclic antidepressants.
  • Opioids.
  • Ulcer medications, including omeprazole.
  • Chemotherapy.
  • Heart medications.
  • Recreational drugs.
  • Stomach-emptying drugs.

Additionally, certain health conditions, including hypogonadism, aging, tumors, hyperthyroidism, kidney failure, liver failure, and malnutrition, can cause gynecomastia.

Candidates for Male Breast Reduction Surgery

If your enlarged male breast tissue affects your daily life, you may be a good candidate for male breast reduction surgery. As long as you are in good health and a non-smoker or are willing to give up smoking, have good skin elasticity, and are at a healthy weight, you are a potential candidate.

Where to Find Male Breast Reduction Surgery in Tampa, FL

If you would like to see if gynecomastia surgery is right for you, contact our experts at Artisan Aesthetics Plastic Surgery. Our team has extensive experience helping patients in Tampa and the surrounding areas in Florida achieve favorable results through both surgical and non-surgical treatment options. Our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Stan Castor, can meet with you to discuss your needs and to determine the best course of action to help you achieve the best possible results. Contact our office today at 813-971-2000 to schedule an appointment.

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