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Gynecomastia Surgery in Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Best Plastic Surgeon 2021 - Grand Rapids Magazine Castle Connolly Top Doctor Realself Top 100 New Beauty Best Plastic Surgeon 2021 - Grand Rapids Magazine Castle Connolly Top Doctor Realself Top 100 New Beauty

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 surgeons Dr. Brad Bengtson and Dr. David Alfonso perform gynecomastia surgery for Grand Rapids, Birmingham, and Detroit men 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, a Grand Rapids gynecomastia surgery at the Bengtson Center might be right for you.

Experience Matters

Meet Our Surgeons

When you are ready to make a transformation, you deserve partners on your journey who you trust deeply to deliver the results you want.

The highly experienced team at The Bengtson Center for Aesthetics & Plastic Surgery is led by board-certified surgeons Dr. Brad Bengtson and Dr. David Alfonso. Our surgeons are regularly recognized by patients and colleagues alike for their commitment to innovation, compassionate patient care, and top-quality outcomes. Their work is supported by the thoughtful and passionate collaboration of the entire Bengtson team.

Dr. Bengtson - Grand Rapids Plastic Surgeon

Brad Bengtson MD, FACS, Founder

Has consistently been named one of the Best Doctors in America® since 1996 and recognized as Best Plastic Surgeon in Grand Rapids by Grand Rapids Magazine for the last 12 years.

With over two decades of experience, he is respected for his cutting-edge techniques and compassionate patient care. In addition to his work with patients, Dr. Bengtson travels globally to share his knowledge and innovative approaches with fellow plastic surgeons. He is passionate about delivering harmonious, natural-looking results that elevate rather than alter each patient’s unique aesthetic.

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Dr. Alfonso - Grand Rapids Plastic Surgeon

David AlfonsoMD, FACS

Has extensive experience performing a range of surgical and non-surgical procedures, with a particular passion for body contouring and facial rejuvenation.

A careful listener and passionate practitioner, he has received numerous accolades, including recognition as a RealSelf Top Doctor since 2015. He also contributes to advancing techniques in the plastic surgery community through regular publications and lectures. Dr. Alfonso is a fluent Spanish speaker, which helps him provide exceptional communication and care to a broader range of patients. 

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What Causes Gynecomastia 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 gynecomastia. 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.

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Gynecomastia Surgery in Grand Rapids

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. Dr. Bengtson or Dr. Alfonso will explain this option during your initial Grand Rapids gynecomastia 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. But no matter the reason for your gynecomastia surgery 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.

What Can Be Done forGynecomastia

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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 or Dr. Alfonso will allow them 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.

Gynecomastia SurgeryKnow the Basics

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. Drs. Bengtson and Alfonso use 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. Our doctors' vast experiences with the particulars of breast tissue make Bengtson Center an ideal facility for a Grand Rapids gynecomastia surgery

Ideal Candidate

Am I a Good Candidate for Gynecomastia 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:

  • You can explain why you want the procedure performed.
  • You know the details of what gynecomastia surgery can do for your chest—and what it is not intended for.
  • You understand that you have responsibilities as a patient—including making healthy choices for ideal results—and accept the risks of the surgery.
  • You are in good general physical and mental health.
  • You want natural-looking, proportional results from a nationally recognized plastic surgeon.
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More Procedures forMen

Guys who enjoy the benefits of gynecomastia 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 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, Drs. Bengtson & Alfonso, and their team have a goal of helping you feel like your look is something to be proud of!

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Male Nipple Reduction

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 male 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 surgeons, Dr. Bengtson & Dr. Alfonso, today.

Request Your Grand Rapids Gynecomastia SurgeryConsultation

To have a private consultation with Dr. Brad Bengtson or Dr. David Alfonso about gynecomastia surgery Grand Rapids area residents are encouraged to contact the Bengtson Center today: Request your appointment online, or call (616)588-8880

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Are you ready to take the next step to a more beautiful you? Plastic Surgeons Dr. Bengtson and Dr. Alfonso, along with the team at The Bengtson Center for Aesthetics & Plastic Surgery, provide advanced plastic surgery and cosmetic treatment for patients from Grand Rapids, Birmingham, Detroit, and Kalamazoo, Michigan. We specialize in breast augmentation, breast implants, and tummy tuck surgery, as well as laser hair removal, Micro-Needling, BOTOX Cosmetic, JUVÉDERM, and other dermal fillers. Results may vary from person to person.