Say Goodbye to Gynecomastia. Whether you're at the pool, sitting under the hot sun, or even simply wanting to change into a new shirt, if you're a man dealing with gynecomastia—which causes breasts to develop—the thought of baring your chest can cause anxiety, embarrassment, and more.
Fortunately, board-certified Michigan plastic surgeon Dr. Brad Bengtson performs gynecomastia surgery, or male breast reduction, for his Grand Rapids, Birmingham, and Detroit patients who feel self-conscious about their "man boobs" and are ready to do something about them.
A surgical reduction can help you to achieve a more masculine chest contour, which in turn can promote greater self-confidence. The American image of an ideal male chest is fit, firm, and masculine, revealing the underlying muscle definition. Unfortunately, some men have excess breast and fatty tissue, which can be difficult to disguise. If you're uncomfortable showing your chest, male breast reduction at the Grand Rapids Bengtson Center might be right for you.
What Causes Male Breasts to Develop?
If you're dealing with this problem, don't think that you're alone! Male breast development is not uncommon, and it can impact guys at just about any stage of life. Since breast tissue growth depends on hormones, gynecomastia most typically occurs at times when testosterone and estrogen balances are changing and can happen to one or both breasts.
This means babies can develop breast tissue, as can adolescent boys going through puberty. In many cases, the enlarged breasts will ultimately reduce on their own as hormone levels balance out, making male breast reduction surgery unnecessary for young men. Men older than 50 also experience hormone fluctuations that can lead to breast development.
The Mayo Clinic estimates that roughly one in four men in the 50-to-69-year-old age range will develop breasts to some degree. Hormone levels can also be impacted by medications, including drugs for treating high blood pressure, antidepressants, opioids, and more. Alcohol use can also shift chemical balances in the body, potentially causing physical changes. In these cases, stopping the medication or drug use could also reduce a man's breast tissue. If medications are necessary and can't be stopped, a surgical solution could be necessary for male breast reduction. Note that it's possible for breast tissue to develop at different rates on either side of the chest. Gynecomastia may impact only the left, only the right, or both to varying degrees, creating an asymmetrical or lopsided look.
Dr. Bengtson understands how men feel about their bodies and the special concerns they have for approaching surgical solutions.
Whether through liposuction alone or with additional male breast reduction surgery techniques, he can help you restore confidence in your appearance. In addition, you might be a candidate for CoolSculpting®, a non-surgical fat reduction system that can be used to treat male breast enlargement in Michigan. Dr. Bengtson will explain this option during your initial male breast reduction surgery consultation and help you determine whether this non-surgical approach would be right for you.
In some cases, men who were previously significantly overweight but who lost a good deal of fat may find that the skin on their chest is unable to tighten and conform to the new, sleeker contours. The resulting sagging can create the look of breasts. In these cases, "male breast reduction surgery" would actually involve removal of the excess skin. No matter the reason, if you're tired of hiding under baggy shirts, male breast reduction at the Grand Rapids Bengtson Center can help you achieve a more masculine, firm, fit-looking chest so that you feel confident enough to take your shirt off.
For breasts that have developed due to the formation of actual breast tissue, specific male breast reduction surgery is an effective solution.
Dr. Bengtson will remove glandular tissue as necessary, taking care to make any incisions and their resulting scars as unobtrusive as possible. Some men may have also excess fat contributing to the look of breasts, so liposuction may be a part of the male breast reduction procedure. A consultation with Dr. Bengtson will allow him to determine the physical make-up of the breasts that have developed and suggest the best option for male breast reduction, whether that's gynecomastia surgery or a combination of gynecomastia surgery and liposuction.
1. Gynecomastia surgery is performed with the patient under a general anesthetic
2. Male breast reduction might also be accompanied by a nipple reduction procedure if necessary
3. Male breast reduction surgery focuses on giving men a flatter chest, whether that involves removing breast tissue, fat, loose skin, or some combination of all of these
4. Dr. Bengtson uses sophisticated, minimally invasive techniques to hide potential incision scars, as well as reduce recovery times and post-procedural recuperation so men can get back to their active lives as soon as possible after surgery
5. Though Dr. Brad Bengtson is known especially for his work with women's breasts—such as augmentation, lifts, and more—his vast experience with the particulars of breast tissue make him an ideal surgeon for male breast reduction surgery
Since adolescence is a time of change that can include breast tissue that comes and goes, gynecomastia surgery is intended for adult men who have finished going through puberty and its associated hormone fluctuations. In general, if you would like to be considered for a male breast reduction, you should meet certain criteria:
Guys who enjoy the benefits of male breast reduction surgery may also want to tackle other problem areas. An area of the body commonly targeted for cosmetic changes is the neck area, including the chin and jawline.
There, Kybella® injections can destroy the fat cells that make up a double chin, while skin tightening THERMItight® and Ultherapy® treatments can correct laxity to reveal more defined and angular contours on the lower face. Laser hair reduction is available for anyone who wants their bare skin to be smooth without the need for repeated shaves or other hair removal methods. This may be just the thing for showing off a chest contoured by male breast reduction surgery! No matter which procedure or combination of procedures you choose, Dr. Bengtson and his team have a goal of helping you feel like your look is something to be proud of!
The hormone shifts that trigger male breast development may also be marked by a large nipple diameter, which may accompany large male breasts or be present by itself.
Dr. Bengtson has defined and modified surgical techniques in Michigan to reduce the diameter and projection of the nipple with minimal visible scarring. If you believe you would benefit from male nipple reduction or male breast reduction and would like to learn more, contact Grand Rapids Plastic Surgeon Dr. Bengtson today.
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Request a consultation to discuss male breast and nipple reduction in Grand Rapids, MI. Contact the Bengtson Center online or by phone at 616.588.8880 to arrange a visit with Dr. Brad Bengtson or Dr. David Alfonso.Fees & Financing