The medical term for Man Boobs is Gynecomastia. Since most men prefer to have a flat, masculine chest, Gynecomastia is usually problematic and a source of embarrassment. There are several methods of Gynecomastia Reduction, because gynecomastia presents in different ways.
What Is Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia Reduction provides a more masculine contour both in and out of tight shirts.
Gynecomastia is the development of excessive, but normal breast tissue on the male chest. It is benign, firm and almost rubbery to the touch. It can be sensitive or painless, and it is located behind the nipple areolar complex. Development is usually bilateral and often asymmetrical.
Although rare, men account for 1% of all breast cancer patients, so hard, unilateral breast lumps need to be removed and sent to pathology for diagnosis.
How Is Gynecomastia Treated?
For this adolescent male, gynecomastia reduction was a life changer. Male breast reduction surgery provided him with the mascline chest he desired.
Since Gynecomastia is benign, it does not have to be treated, but elective treatment is common, and the result is very satisfying. The typical reasons for treatment include discomfort and embarrassment due to obvious breast fullness both in and out of clothing.
Gynecomastia Treatment is surgical. Wearing compression shirts can help disguise male breast fullness in clothing, but they are hot, uncomfortable and minimally effective. There are no medications to shrink breast tissue, although some medications can cause male breast enlargement.
Gynecomastia Reduction Surgical Options
Sometimes, gynecomastia reduction is all about the nipples. In this case, his puffy nipples are prominent and very noticeable even in clothing. Gynecomastia surgery allows the skin to tuck up against the muscle, relieving a source of embarrassment that had been present for this patient since puberty.
There are two main surgical options for reducing the male chest: Liposuction and Glandular Excision.
Liposuction is best for soft, global breast enlargement caused primarily by fatty tissue. The advantage of liposuction is small discrete scars that can be placed off the breasts. Excision, however, is required in the majority of Gynecomastia Cases.
Glandular Excision is performed to remove the firm, glandular tissue located beneath the nipples. Incisions are made along the lower aspect of the areolae for direct access to the surgical site.
Gynecomastia Reduction Consultations
Gynecomastia Reduction is one of the most common procedures I perform. If you are concerned with the appearance of your chest and would like to learn more about your options, call (925) 943-6353 today, to schedule a private and informative consultation appointment in my San Francisco Bay Area Plastic Surgery office.
Liposuction of the Trunk, in order of popularity includes liposculpture of the:
If you have disproportionate collections of fat in these areas that are bothersome, Liposuction may offer a solution.
Liposuction of the Abdomen
Liposuction of the Abdomen removes disproportionate fat from the belly. Fat is removed from between the skin and the abdominal muscles. This is usually stored in the lower abdomen, and may run around to the sides. Less commonly, fat is also deposited on the upper abdomen and along the ribs. Results are best with localized collections of fat, as opposed to globally deposited fat. Tight, thin skin helps reveal the results, while fat inside the abdomen, behind the abdominal muscles, cannot be removed with Liposuction. Internal abdominal fat requires weight loss for removal.
Liposuction of the abdomen can help flatten the belly.
The woman above is close to her ideal body weight, yet continues to have disproportionate fat of the abdomen, especially within the lower abdominal wall. Tumescent Liposuction was performed to remove fat from the upper and lower abdomen and smooth her belly. Her clothes fit better, and she is much happier after her tummy nipping procedure.
Liposuction of the Flanks and Back
Back fat is annoying for everyone. It impacts the way clothes fit, and sometimes bulges over the top of jeans causing a Muffin Top or the hated Love Handles. It can be stubborn and persistent, even with exercise and after weight loss.
Liposuction of the Love Handles or Muffin Top is one of the most popular areas for Liposculpting with a high degree of patient satisfaction.
The gentleman above is in great shape before his Liposculpture; however his physique is hidden under stubborn, localized fat surrounding his flanks and back. Liposuction was performed through small incisions located discretely below the belt line. The excess fat was removed on a Friday, and by Monday he was feeling fine.
Vigorous activities after Liposuction are limited for a week or so to prevent complications and reduce the duration of post-operative swelling. Additionally, an abdominal binder is worn postoperatively for a few weeks to help the skin stay smooth.
Liposuction of the Chest and Abdomen
Liposuction is best for fine tuning fat removal and improving body contours. It is not for weight loss. In fact, the maximum amount of fat that should be removed in one operation is five liters, or about eleven pounds. The more fat that is removed, the more likely the skin will fold, as support provided by the fat is lost. Much like the stuffing in a pillow case, the fat not only makes the skin bigger, but also holds it up. If skin laxity is present before liposuction, removing the fat will shrink the treated area, but it might also make the skin look worse.
Liposuction of the chest can reduce mild gynecomastia. Liposuction of the back and abdomen can give a leaner look.
The patient above is in great shape, but complained of fullness in his chest and abdomen. He had disproportionate fat of the chest (pseudogynecomastia) and abdominal wall. He was a good candidate for Liposuction, because he had little intra-abdominal fat and no skin laxity. Liposuction was performed to remove the bothersome fat. His elastic skin shrunk, revealing better muscle definition and the physique he desired.
Before and after pictures are a good way to see what Liposuction can do. More Liposuction Before and After Photos with descriptions are available on DrMele.com on our new Liposuction Before and After Page. However, there is no substitute for an in person consultation with an experienced, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.
To schedule a Liposuction Consultation in our Walnut Creek Plastic Surgery Clinic, call (925) 943-6353 today.
Gynecomastia Reduction is performed for male breast enlargement. These before and after pictures show a reduction in breast projection on the oblique view.
Gynecomastia is the growth of excess breast tissue in the male chest. The resulting mass causes fullness, embarrassment and often tenderness, for men who develop what is colloquially known as “man boobs.” Gynecomastia Reduction removes the excess breast tissue and restores the masculine physique. This Gynecomastia Reduction Video illustrates and narrates several typical cases.
The Gynecomastia Reduction Before and After Pictures shown above and below are of the same patient. The oblique views (above) show the reduction in projection that Male Breast Reduction can achieve. The front view (below) reveals that more tissue was removed from the larger left side. The Gynecomastia Reduction improved his breast symmetry by equalizing his breast volume, reducing the size of his areolae and elevating the position of the left nipple. Areola Reduction and Nipple Reduction are separate procedures used to reduce the size of the areolae and nipples. In this case, these ancillary procedures were not necessary.
Gynecomastia Reduction is performed for male breast enlargement. These before and after pictures show improved symmetry and reduction in breast and areolar size.
Gynecomastia Reduction Video
The following Gynecomastia Reduction Video reviews several typical Male Breast Reduction Surgeries, and narrates the indications, procedure and recovery. This video originally aired on the San Francisco Bay Area’s News Station, KRON 4.
Gynecomastia Reduction for Tubular Breasts
Tubular Breasts can occur in both men and women. For women, the goal of Tubular Breast Surgery is the creation of normally shaped and symmetrical breasts, For men, the goal is the same as with all Gynecomastia Reduction Surgery: the reduction and flattening of the chest.
These before and after photos show how Gynecomastia Reduction can improve the appearance of Tubular Breasts for men.
Gynecomastia Reduction for Bodybuilders
Gynecomastia Reduction is particularly useful for the reduction of breast buds in bodybuilders. As they lean out for competition, the fat flattens; however, the gland does not. This causes increased projection of the nipple-areolar complex. These buds are distracting, and they lead to penalties during competition. Since Gynecomastia can occur with steroid use, removing the mass removes the stigmata.
These Gynecomastia Reduction before and after photos show reduction of the glandular tissue under the nipples for a Bodybuilder.
Gynecomastia Reduction for Asymmetry
Most breasts are asymmetrical. For men this is usually subtle, but when Gynecomastia forms, the asymmetry can become quite pronounced. In the case below, the left breast is significantly larger than the right. Even in a dress shirt, the left breast protruded and was a source of embarrassment for my patient. Gynecomastia Reduction was performed on both sides, and more tissue was removed from the left to provide a flattened, masculine chest.
Sometimes Gynecomastia occurs primarily on one side of the male chest. These before and after photos show the improvement of breast symmetry after Gynecomastia Reduction.
Consultations For Male Breast Reduction
If you are among the one-third of men who have persistent Gynecomastia after puberty, and would like to learn exactly what treatment options are available for you, call (925) 943-6353 today, and schedule a private consultation appointment in my San Francisco Bay Area Plastic Surgery office.
Gynecomastia Reduction is one of the most frequently performed cosmetic plastic surgery procedures for men. Over the last 20 years, the number of Gynecomastia Reductions performed has increased 50% – from twenty-thousand in the year 2000 to thirty-thousand procedures last year. However, the examples I am sharing today are not your typical gynecomastia reductions.
Gynecomastia Reduction after Massive Weight Loss is a different operation than the typical gynecomastia reduction. The large amount of excess skin and extremely low nipple position require special attention to detail and appropriate treatment to achieve a great result. This patient had chest skin reduction (a male breast lift), reduction and repositioning of his nipples along with a tummy tuck to restore his physique after impressive weight loss.
Types of Gynecomastia Reductions
Male Breast Reduction techniques vary depending on the amount of tissue that needs to be removed. Small lumps of firm glandular tissue located beneath the nipple/areola complex (NAC) can be excised directly via a small incision around the edge of the areolae. Large reductions may also require liposuction to remove excess fat (aka pseudogynecomastia). Gynecomastia reduction associated with loose skin, or sagging nipples, is more challenging and is the topic of today’s Massive Gynecomastia Reduction Video. This situation is most commonly seen after large weight loss from either Bariatric Surgery or a change in lifestyle resulting in massive weight loss.
Massive Gynecomastia Reduction Video
The following Plastic Surgery Video Presentation shows several methods of Extreme Gynecomastia Reduction. These are common Post-Bariatric Plastic Surgery techniques, but are not the most common methods used for routine Male Breast Reduction. This segment is taken from my TV show Body Beautiful which airs on the San Francisco Bay Area’s News Station, KRON 4.
Post-Bariatric Male Chest Reduction with Tummy Tuck
The goal of Bariatric Surgery is weight loss and the health improvements that come along with it. The improvement, and sometimes the resolution, of diabetes and high blood pressure are frequently seen after weight loss.
On the other hand, massive weight loss also usually leaves behind a large amount of excess skin, and this continues to makes it difficult for patients to feel comfortable. Even with the loss of mass, redundant skin makes finding clothes that are flattering and which fit well difficult.
A massive amount of excess skin is apparent on the trunk of the patient below. His chest is deflated and overhangs laterally, and even in clothes, it looks like he has breasts. His abdominal skin excess is uncomfortable and a nuisance, especially at the belt-line.
Body Lift after massive weight loss including: chest reduction (massive gynecomastia reduction), areolar reduction, breast lift and abdominoplasty (tummy tuck). The early scars are more noticeable in the first several weeks to months after surgery, but will continue to improve and fade during the year or two after surgery.
A combination of Gynecomastia Reduction with skin excision and a Tummy Tuck was used to redefine his trunk. The scars beneath his chest are still healing and will fade with time. There is another scar running below the belt-line which allowed for the tightening of his abdominal muscles and removal of his skin laxity. When loose skin extends all the way around the waist, a Lower Body Lift is often the procedure of choice.
Gynecomastia Reduction Revision Surgery
Gynecomastia Reduction Revision Surgery is perhaps the most challenging of all Gynecomastia surgery. In the case below, the patient complained of still having breast fullness after a previous Male Breast Reduction. He had bottoming out of his chest skin resulting in the appearance of breasts in clothing. Paradoxically, he also has severe indentation of his nipples from the previous resection. This can happen when a large amount of breast tissue is removed.
The patient shown below was treated with skin excision and restoration of volume beneath his nipples to smooth his contour both in and out of clothing. Like the patient above, he has scars located beneath the breasts, but these have faded over time.
This patient had gynecomastia surgery prior to presenting to my office. Revision gynecomastia surgery was performed including restoration of volume beneath the nipples (left > right) and resection of the excess skin that remained along the lower chest. His scars have had time to heal and are less noticeable; however, individual results will vary.
Gynecomastia surgery can be rewarding and build self confidence. Prior to surgery, his sunburn was confined to the open collar area of his chest. After surgery, he was confident in his appearance and went shirtless. The unfortunate result was a burn to his entire chest. He got the sunscreen lecture, but I was also happy that he finally felt comfortable in his own skin.
You have heard it before and will hear it here again on the San Francisco Plastic Surgery Blog. Use of appropriate sun protection is recommended to help prevent skin cancer and premature aging of the skin. In the postoperative period, sun protection is especially important to help prevent the scars from tanning, turning dark and becoming more noticeable.
Breast Reduction for Men Consultations
As mentioned previously, the type of Male Breast Reduction shown above is usually only necessary after massive weight loss. There are exceptions, however, and I have had to perform this surgical variation for men after hormone therapy for prostate cancer and also for a gentleman whose breast enlarged massively with CoolSculpting®. Though rare, Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia (PAH) after CoolSculpting® is definitely not cool.
If you count yourself among the 33% of men who continue to have Gynecomastia after puberty, and you would like to learn exactly what treatment options are available for you, call (925) 943-6353 today, to schedule a private consultation appointment. You can also submit your questions via the contact form on this page.
Male Breast Reduction is one of the most requested cosmetic plastic surgery procedures, year after year.
Male Breast Reduction Video (Gynecomastia Reduction)
Gynecomastia is the medical term for Male Breast Enlargement. The enlargement can be isolated to the nipple areolar complex (puffy nipples), or may involve the entire chest. This Gynecomastia Reduction Video reviews the most common treatments and illustrates the results of Male Breast Reduction with multiple, narrated male breast reduction before and after pictures.
How Is Gynecomastia Reduction Performed?
Gynecomastia Reduction is often a combination of procedures. The most common combination is Liposuction plus direct excision of any firm glandular tissue which remains attached to the back of the nipple.
In situations where the skin is loose or the gland is saggy, skin reduction may also be necessary. The key it to pick the procedure, or combination, that gets the job done.
With good skin tone, even large breast reductions can be performed through small, minimally invasive incisions.
Which Male Reduction Procedure is the Right One for You?
For more information about Male Breast Reduction, visit the links in this post. For specific information, there is no substitute for an in-person consultation. Call (925) 943-6353 today, and schedule a private and informative consultation appointment. A proper evaluation and plan are the keys to excellent results.
Disproportionate development of male breast tissue is called Gynecomastia. It’s also called man boobs, or moobs for short, and Gynecomastia Reduction is a cosmetic plastic surgery procedure which I perform every week.
Gynecomastia Reduction Surgery
The above Gynecomastia reduction surgery before and after photos show what is possible with a combination of liposuction and direct excision for a enlarged male breasts.
Asymmetry is more the rule than the exception for Gynecomastia. For the Gynecomastia Reduction patient shown above, the right breast was significantly larger than the left, both areolae where dilated and the breasts appear feminized. In fact, the feminine appearance of the breasts is what gives rise to the term Gynecomastia (feminine breasts).
Gynecomastia Correction was accomplished with a combination of liposuction to debulk the disproportionate fat and direct excision of the glandular tissue located under the nipple. The end result is a masculine chest that conforms to the pectoralis major muscles, a reduction in the size of the areolae and significant improvement in his asymmetry, all with minimal scarring. A short incision is hidden in each axilla (armpit) and around the lower border of the areolae (from 4 to 8 o’clock).
Gynecomastia Reduction Video (Male Breast Reduction)
The start screen for the above Male Breast Reduction Video shows a man with Puffy Nipples. The enlarged and protuberant areolae are due to overdevelopment of the glandular breast tissue located directly behind the nipple. A focused surgical approach was used in this cases to remove the excess tissue and allow the nipple-areolar complex (NAC) to conform with the chest and look masculine.
The above Gynecomastia Reduction Video is from the San Francisco Bay Area’s News Station, KRON 4‘s, Body Beautiful. This segment discussed Gynecomastia Treatment and shows numerous examples of Gynecomastia Before and After Pictures to illustrate what the procedure can do for the properly selected patient, in the hands of an experienced, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.
When Gynecomastia is distributed throughout the chest, more must be done. In this case Liposuction was used to remove the bulk of the disproportionate chest tissue. When a glandular component is present beneath the nipple, it is unlikely that liposuction alone will remove it, and this tissue is removed directly.
For more globally distributed Gynecomastia, Liposuction is used. Liposuction has the advantage of a long reach through a small incision. Often the 1/4 – 3/8 inch incision is hidden up in the axilla (armpit). For Pseudogynecomastia, breast enlargement due to fat and not glandular development, Liposuction alone is often enough to contour the chest. When a glandular component is also present, direct excision is also used to avoid creating a puffy nipple.
Gynecomastia Reduction Consultations
Every Gynecomastia Reduction Surgeon should be versed in multiple techniques of Gynecomastia Reduction. Depending on your situation, liposuction, direct excision of the gland, skin reduction or a combination of these may be recommended.
To find out what your options are, call (925) 943-6353 today and schedule a private, personalized consultation in our Walnut Creek Plastic Surgery office. If Gynecomastia is bothering you, learn what treatments are available from an experienced, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.
Dr. Mele discusses Cosmetic Plastic Surgery on Body Beautiful – September 12, 2017, at Noon.
Hey San Francisco Bay Area. Body Beautiful will be broadcast this Tuesday, September 12, at noon. You may not have noticed, but KRON 4 was acquired by Nexstar. The good news is that they have decided to continue Body Beautiful, so I’ve got new Plastic Surgery News to share with you.
Body Beautiful on KRON 4
KRON 4’s Body Beautiful with Vicki Liviakis and yours truly on the San Francisco Bay Area’s News Station.
I have been doing Body Beautiful live for the last 10 years. The original show was with host Vicki Liviakis, and we would take viewer calls live, on the air. It certainly added excitement. Since we were on the air live, even the “unusual” questions had to be answered.
The latest version of Body Beautiful with host Janelle Marie.
Now Janelle Marie is the host, but the format remains the same. This week’s show was taped last week. Maybe KRON’s new management was a little nervous about an amateur, me, on the air live. But don’t worry, you can still submit questions for the show via email or the contact form here in the margin.
This Week’s Body Beautiful Discussion
This week’s show is dedicated to four Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Procedures:
The links above will take to more detailed information about these procedures.
Body Beautiful Airs Tuesday At Noon
Body Beautiful will be broadcast this Tuesday, September 12, at noon. Be sure to tune in or set your DVR. I you miss it, don’t worry. I will be posting the segments from the show here, and the San Francisco Plastic Surgery Blog and on my YouTube channel.
SanFranciscoBreast.com has been completely updated. This update includes new content, and it is artfully illustrated with new breast enhancement videos and more before and after pictures. In addition, the fresh content is wrapped in a new skin, improving navigation for the small screen and the desktop alike.
New Breast Augmentation Information
The site includes new pages featuring the most requested Breast Enhancement Procedures. For example, the Breast Augmentation Information has been exploded into a dozen detailed pages including:
The Breast Lift section includes details about five main options for Mastopexy. There are also pages dedicated to the combination of Breast Lift using Breast Implants and Areola Reduction.
Breast Reduction for Women and Men
Options for Breast Reduction for Women are also reviewed, as several techniques have evolved during the 20+ years I have been in practice. Breast Reduction for Men, also known as Gynecomastia Reduction, is covered with attention paid to the causes and the most current treatments available.
Specialty Breast Procedures
A section on the often overlooked details of Breast Enhancement is also included. San Francisco Breast’s Specialty Breast Pages include:
Inverted Nipple Correction
Other Congenital Breast Abnormalities
A Plastic Surgery Web Site Dedicated to Breast Enhancement
I have tried to create an all inclusive Breast Enhancement site designed to provide detailed information about the many Plastic Surgery options available for Breast Enhancement, whether that be Breast Enlargement, Breast Reduction or Breast Reshaping.
While the San Francisco Breast web site in meant to provide information, it is just a starting point. The Internet cannot take the place of a thoughtful, in-person consultation with a qualified Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. If you would like to schedule a private, personalized consultation appointment call (925) 943-6353 today. My San Francisco Bay Area Plastic Surgery clinic specializes in helping you obtain the best possible results.
About two-thirds of men develop breast buds during puberty, and for half of them, it does not go away. Gynecomastia, male breast development, causes fullness, feminization and often embarrassment. The only cure is Gynecomastia Reduction Surgery. Dr. Joseph Mele is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in the San Francisco Bay Area who specializes in Male Breast Reduction or Gynecomastia Reduction. This Gynecomastia Video segment aired live on the Bay Area’s News Station, KRON 4, and discusses the procedure and reviews examples of Gynecomastia before and after pictures.
Gynecomastia may involve just the area beneath the nipple and areolae or the entire chest. In the male breast reduction before and after pictures above, the fullness beneath the nipples was removed through a small incision placed along the lower margin of the areolae.
Male Breast Reduction As Seen On TV
Recently, I had the opportunity to discuss Male Breast Reduction on Body Beautiful. Body Beautiful is a live show on the San Francisco Bay Area’s News Station, KRON 4. The segment is included below, and contains multiple Gynecomastia Reduction Before and After Photos, along with narration about the procedure, alternatives and recovery.
Gynecomastia Reduction Video (Male Breast Reduction)
Gynecomastia Reduction Consultations
Gynecomastia Reduction removes excess breast tissue from the male chest. Excess tissue can be removed with Liposuction or direct excision, depending on the amount, location and nature of the breast tissue.
There are several alternative operations for Gynecomastia Reduction. Common methods include liposuction, direct excision of the gland, skin reduction or a combination of each. The best method is often determined by the size, location and nature of the breast tissue.
To find out what your options are, call (925) 943-6353 and schedule a private, personalized consultation in our Walnut Creek Plastic Surgery office. If Gynecomastia is bothering you, learn what treatments are available from an experienced, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.
Dr. Mele and Body Beautiful host Janelle Marie in the KRON 4 Bay Area News studio.
Board Certified San Francisco Bay Area Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Joseph Mele, MD, FACS, will be discussing cosmetic plastic surgery, live at noon today (8 March 2017) on KRON 4. Topics include:
Breast Augmentation (breast implants)
Gynecomastia Reduction (male breast reduction)
Arm Lifts (brachioplasty)
Chin Augmentation (chin implants)
But you never know what will come up on live television.
Tune in or DVR us at Noon Today
If you have the chance, tune in today at noon and get the latest plastic surgery news, live, on your television. If you are reading this too late to tune in, don’t worry. Segments of the show will be posted to the San Francisco Plastic Surgery Blog and to my web shortly after airing.
You can check out past episodes here by selecting “Videos” in the “Search By Category” drop-down menu in the margin, or on DrMele.com.