SOURCE: San Diego Institute of Plastic Surgery

San Diego Institute of Plastic Surgery

June 11, 2015 15:28 ET

Male Breast Reduction Surgery on the Rise

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwired - Jun 11, 2015) -  According to Dr. Antoine Hallak and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, male breast reduction surgery rose by over 10% last year. Many men every year suffer through the embarrassment of what society has coined "man boobs" to describe the condition of Gynecomastia. Gynecomastia affects approximately half of all males, the condition is caused by hormonal imbalances, weight gain, and drug use.

With summer about to start, Dr. Hallak says he always sees and uptick in male breast reduction surgery right before summer. Most of his patients say they are simply embarrassed to take off their shirts at the beach or family get togethers.

What is Gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia occurs when fat deposits and excess glandular tissue accumulate in the breast area. The street term for the condition is "man boobs" and for many it is very embarrassing. The condition makes most men look less physically attractive and causes major self-esteem issues.

Who is a Candidate?

Gynecomastia surgery can only be performed on men who are in good overall health and have no serious medical condition. It can be performed on men of all ages, but should not be performed on teen-age boys who have not seen their chest fully develop. 

Male Breast Reduction Surgery should be performed if you are experiencing the following:

  • Unhappy with appearance of your chest
  • Experiencing physical pain because of your breasts
  • Have good skin elasticity
  • Are within 30-40 pounds of your ideal weight
  • Have already tried diet and exercise to decrease breast size

How is the surgery performed?
Male breast reduction surgery is intended to restore male breasts to a natural contour by removing excess fat and glandular tissue through liposuction. After the patient is put under general anesthesia Dr. Hallak will make tiny incisions underneath the folds of breasts. Once a cannula is inserted under the skin, it is gently moved back and forth to separate the fat cells from other tissue. The procedure is very safe and recovery rather quick, with a very high client satisfaction rate.

Dr Hallak is Board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He has completed a full training in General Surgery in New York City prior to specialization in Plastic Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgery at the world renowned McGill University in Montreal Canada.

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