Gynecomastia, commonly known as abnormal male breast enlargement, is frequently associated with teenage boys. This is largely due to hormonal shifts around this period, as well as excess body weight gained throughout childhood. Recently, someone in his early 50s sent us an email inquiring if it’s still possible for him to go through male breast reduction. The short answer is — it depends.
There is no specific age limit in reducing the appearance of enlarged male breasts via surgery. Older men can still go through the procedure as long as they’re generally healthy and have no existing health issues that could potentially increase the risk of complications from anesthesia and the surgery itself.
Poor skin laxity in the elderly can also be a challenge for surgeons when performing male breast reduction. A thorough assessment of skin laxity will be done during the personal consultation. On the other hand, the maturity that comes with age is an advantage as it provides older patients a more realistic view of the surgery. Therefore, age is not a deciding factor in figuring out whether or not male breast reduction surgery should be performed.
A quick look on the procedure
Male breast reduction surgery at the Creative Image Laser Solutions is relatively quick. Tumescent anesthesia is used to lessen the pain and discomfort during and after surgery. First, liposuction via tiny incisions is performed to remove excess fat. Excess breast glands may be removed through a tiny incision made beneath the areola (the dark portion of nipples). The procedure can take from two to three hours with recovery lasting a week or two.
A personal consultation with surgeon who is experienced in gynecomastia correction surgery is the best way to gauge if surgery is the best option for you. Call (325) 641-1927 to set up an appointment with us today!