Although most men experience gynecomastia, or enlarged male breasts, at some point in their lives, not every patient fits the criteria for a good candidate. This is because gynecomastia can change over time or resolve on its own, so life stage is a very important factor when looking at your options with gynecomastia treatment. As you plan your consultation for male breast reduction, here are some things to consider.
Considerations for Puberty
Because gynecomastia is most commonly caused by hormones during the body’s development, puberty can be a huge factor in deciding whether surgery is appropriate for candidates. Most men experience gynecomastia during their teenage years to some degree, but this usually resolves as the body exits puberty. For this reason, male breast reduction may be detrimental to the body as it continues to change. If you’re still within your teenage years, you should be sure to discuss your options with Dr. Azouz and explore other options if you’re still experiencing this important phase.
Considerations for Maturity
Plastic surgery is no small choice, so most plastic surgeons will be sure to discuss with their patients the repercussions of choosing their procedure. Male breast reduction can be an effective, long-term solution, but it’s not a permanent fix. Despite treatment, gynecomastia can still reoccur without the proper life changes to ensure it stays away. These can include avoiding weight gain and certain medications. Overall, patients for any plastic surgery procedure should be mature enough to understand the procedure and its ramifications on their body and their lifestyle.
What Age is Best?
This question can be difficult to answer, since every patient presents a unique case. Male breast reduction is best for patients who have outgrown puberty and still have enlarged breasts. However, many male breast reduction patients are middle-aged or older and experience enlarged breasts as a result of aging or weight gain. In any case, ideal patients have tried lifestyle adjustments to reduce their gynecomastia and are able to consent to and undergo surgery to correct it. The best way to determine whether you can benefit from gynecomastia treatment is through a consultation with Dr. Azouz.
Dr. David Azouz is a top gynecomastia plastic surgeon in the Dallas area who performs effective male breast reduction techniques at our state-of-the-art practice. To schedule a consultation to discuss your gynecomastia treatment options, contact our office by calling or filling out our online form.