Male Breast Reduction

When you’re down at the Gulf hanging out on the endless miles of beaches near Corpus Christi and a guy walks by with larger than normal breasts, the term “man boobs” could cross your mind. You probably even have a friend who may describe his own chest with this moniker.

Most people just assume larger breasts in men are simply because the guy is overweight. But in one out of two men with large breasts you’d be wrong with that assumption — around half of men with this condition have what is known as male breast enlargement, clinically known as gynecomastia.  It’s a condition that can really impact a man’s self-esteem, making him avoid things like going to the beach or turning down waterskiing invitations to Canyon Lake and the like.

Dr. Coleman can address the condition with male breast reduction.

What leads to gynecomastia?

When adults develop gynecomastia, the causes are not all that well known.

But in teenagers, gynecomastia isn’t unusual and the causes are obvious. Up to 70 percent of adolescent/pubescent boys have enlarged breasts to some degree. In teens, the cause is rampaging testosterone and estrogen levels. As these levels fluctuate wildly during puberty, so can breast size and other issues that are linked to hormone levels such as facial hair.

In adults, middle-aged and older men can also develop enlarged breasts due to hormone changes that come with aging. But more often gynecomastia comes from taking certain medications. These are the medications known to have a link to gynecomastia:

  • Antibiotics
  • Heartburn treatment drugs
  • Anti-anxiety drugs
  • Steroids
  • Tricyclic antidepressants
  • AIDS treatment drugs

Heavy drinking and smoking marijuana can also lead to gynecomastia.

Breast reduction surgery

Men with actual gynecomastia have a firm, rubbery mass underneath the nipple area. The size of this mass is around 1.5 inches across and it may be sensitive to the touch.

If surgery is required, small incisions are made in the armpits or around the areolae. Through those incisions, excess fat and glandular tissue are removed and excess skin is trimmed. Dr. Coleman may also include liposuction to remove fat pockets. If excess fat is the key, the patient may only need liposuction.

If you’re a man with larger than average breasts, you may have gynecomastia. Dr. Coleman can correct the condition. Call us at (210) 251-4362 to schedule your consultation to see if Dr. Coleman and surgery are the answer you seek.

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