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Am I a Candidate for Male Breast Reduction?

If you are a man who is unhappy with the appearance of your chest, you might feel self-conscious whenever you get in a situation that might require you to remove your shirt, whether it’s the gym, the basketball court, or in the bedroom. Male breast reduction, also called gynecomastia treatment, can help remove feminine-looking breasts to give you a more masculine physique. Most men are candidates for this body contouring plastic surgery procedure.

This page contains some basic information about who is a candidate for male breast reduction, but the best way to learn if you are a candidate is by scheduling a consultation with board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Antonio J. Gayoso in Tampa, Florida.

Before Male Breast Reduction

If you are unhappy with the appearance of enlarged male breasts (gynecomastia), there are some things you should consider before male breast reduction.

If you’re under 18, it might be a good idea to wait. Often gynecomastia can be a side effect of puberty and will resolve on its own. You will, at least, need permission of a parent or guardian to have the procedure.

You should also talk to your doctor about possible causes of gynecomastia, which can include:

  • Side effect of certain medications
  • Testicular cancer
  • Chronic liver disease
  • Thyroid disorder

If some other cause is responsible for your enlarged breasts, you should have the condition treated before getting male breast reduction.

Try initiating a weight loss and exercise routine. It may not resolve your gynecomastia, but it will get you in better shape for your procedure.

Ideal Candidate for Male Breast Reduction

The ideal candidate for male breast reduction:

  • Is in good general health
  • Is at or near ideal weight
  • Understands the risks and benefits of the procedure
  • Has realistic expectations

If you meet the above characteristics, you are an ideal candidate for male breast reduction. If you meet some of them, you are likely still a good candidate. Most male breast reduction is conducted using liposuction. See Am I a candidate for liposuction? for more information.

The best way to learn whether you are a candidate for male breast reduction is in a consultation with board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Antonio J. Gayoso. Please contact us today to schedule a gynecomastia consultation at our Tampa area office today. Serving the areas of Tampa, St Petersburg, Tampa Bay, Sarasota and Clearwater, FL.