While men are often embarrassed by excess fat in the chest, it is a very common condition. One in three men complain of having a chest that is larger than they prefer. The condition is called gynocomastia, but it is commonly referred to as “man boobs.” An enlarged chest can make it difficult to find shirts that fit or it can lead to embarrassment at the gym or swimming pool. Liposculpture of the male chest is a simple 1 hour procedure. Patients are able to return to regular work and activities the following day and are back to the gym in a week or two. The results from male chest reduction can vary from moderate to dramatic. The more fat that is in the chest area, the greater the possible reduction.
What are the benefits to male chest reduction?
Reducing the size of the male chest can make a man look less feminine, improve confidence, and make buying clothing easier. The chest can be reduced by 40 to 60%, depending on the consistency of the tissue in the chest. There are usually no visible scars and there are no sutures or stitches. The procedure is quick and most men are able to return to work (office jobs) the following day and back to vigorous exercise in about two weeks.
Am I a good candidate for male chest reduction?
If you are over age 21, are healthy and have a chest that is more full or fatty than you like, you may be a good candidate. If you are under age 21 or are very thin and have large breasts, you may have enlargement of the glandular tissue, not excess fat. If you have excess glandular tissue (not excess fat), liposculpture is not the correct procedure for you. If you have already had previous liposuction on your chest or been told that you have “true gynocomastia” or enlargement of the glandular tissue, you are not a good candidate for liposculpture.
Will male chest reduction make my chest totally flat?
Maybe. We will always take away as much fat and tissue as possible, but we cannot guarantee that your chest will be entirely flat. The shape of your pectoral muscles and the amount of glandular tissue in your chest will determine the eventual shape of your chest. If you have a flat muscle and an average amount of glandular tissue, your chest will look healthy, but flat. If you have a very well developed pectoral muscle, your chest will be in a rounder shape.
Can I get rid of the fat in my armpit or on the sides of the chest?
Many patients choose to have the armpit treated at the same time as the chest. In fact, if you have a lot of fullness under your armpits, it is strongly recommended to add the armpits for the most natural result. The armpit is an additional $600. The addition of the armpit does not affect the recovery.
Will it change my nipple size, color, placement or shape?
No. The size, color, placement and shape of your nipples will not change. The chest itself will be smaller, but the nipple will not change. If you are unhappy with your nipples, you should seek a different kind of surgical procedure.
Do I need to shave my chest before the procedure?
No. You do not need to shave your chest before the procedure.