Am I Too Young for Male Breast Reduction?

Plastic Surgeon & Medical Spa Serving Oklahoma City, Edmond,Lawton & Nearby Central Oklahoma

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Posted: October 10, 2018

Older Male With Gynecomastia Awaiting Male Breast Reduction SurgeryMale breast reduction is one of the most effective treatments for gynecomastia - an emasculating condition in which excess fat or glandular tissue creates the appearance of breasts in men.

The condition is common during puberty as hormonal fluctuations prompt physical changes throughout the body. In these cases, gynecomastia may self-correct, making male breast reduction unnecessary. Self-correction, however, does not always occur.

Men over the age of 18 are eligible for male breast reduction surgery. Providing you are healthy, a nonsmoker or willing to quit, and able to take time to recover, you may be a good gynecomastia treatment candidate. However, some men may continue to develop into their early 20s, which may make waiting a bit the better idea.

To find out for sure if male breast reduction is the best route for you, schedule a private and confidential consultation with board-certified Oklahoma City plastic surgeon Dr. Jayesh Panchal. During this consultation, Dr. Panchal will listen to your concerns, assess your problem areas, discuss all treatment options, and help you determine the most effective ways to reach your goals.

Upper Age Limit

Healthy males with excess breast tissue may be good candidates for male breast reduction regardless of their age. During gynecomastia treatment, one or more small incisions is made in the chest through which fat can be removed with liposuction. Dr. Panchal uses the “Super Wet” technique which helps bulk-up fat for easier removal and may reduce trauma to surrounding tissue, helping improve outcomes and reduce recovery time. Starting at age 18, man can have this procedure performed so long as they meet all health qualifications. 

If excessive glandular tissue is the cause of your gynecomastia, it will need to be removed through an incision placed by the nipple. As with male breast reduction performed with liposuction, this technique is suitable for men of all ages providing they meet all surgical qualifications.

Maintaining Results

Following male breast reduction, you will need to put in some work to maintain results. Once removed. Neither fat nor glandular tissue can come back, but new accumulations of fat can certainly form if poor lifestyle decisions are made. The best way to combat the gradual appearance of female-like breasts is through proper diet and exercise.

Key recommendations from the U.S. Dietary Guidelines suggest eating:

  • A variety of vegetables from all groups and subgroups
  • Whole fruits (not dried or processed)
  • Whole grains
  • Low-fat dairy and/or fortified soy products
  • Lean meats and seafood and/or soy products
  • Legumes, nuts, and seeds
  • Healthy oils

These same guidelines recommend avoiding or limiting:

  • Trans fats
  • Saturated fats
  • Sodium
  • Sugar
  • Alcohol

Alcohol is one of several lifestyle risk factors for gynecomastia. Optimal health for males means limiting alcoholic beverages to no more than two drinks per day. You will want to reduce this further if you wish to maintain a healthy weight.

In addition to a healthy and wholesome diet, maintaining male breast reduction results will require physical activity. It is recommended that adult males get at least 2.5 hours of moderate physical exercise weekly in addition to muscle strengthening activities at least twice a week. If you want to enhance your results, 5+ hours of moderate aerobic exercise should do the trick.

Regardless of your age, if you are able to take steps to maintain your male breast reduction results, you may be a good candidate for gynecomastia treatment. Dr. Panchal welcomes an opportunity to meet with you for a one-on-one consultation where he can better understand your needs, take full account of your physical health, and help you determine if male breast reduction is right for you.

Please call Genesis Plastic Surgery at 405-310-6767 to schedule your consultation today. Dr. Panchal helps men dealing with gynecomastia in the Oklahoma City area with offices in Norman, Edmond, and Lawton.