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When Is the Best Time to Have Gynecomastia Surgery?

Posted June 29, 2023 in Surgery for Men

Gynecomastia (“man boobs”) is an embarrassing and frustrating aesthetic issue for men. This condition can keep men from enjoying some of their favorite activities (especially at the pool or beach), and, unfortunately, gynecomastia cannot be addressed through natural diet and exercise. 

However, there is good news: cosmetic surgery can successfully correct this condition.

A man jogging outside

Gynecomastia surgery (male breast reduction surgery) can help men struggling with feminine-looking breasts achieve the masculine form they’ve always wanted, significantly improving their confidence and self-esteem. 

Below, we’ll look at gynecomastia surgery and discuss how it can benefit you.

What Causes Gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia is extremely common, affecting 50 to 65% of males worldwide.

Male breasts develop due to excess breast tissue, subcutaneous fat, or (as often happens) a combination of both excess tissue and fat. 

This tissue and fat is ultimately caused by a hormonal imbalance between testosterone and estrogen. For some men, this imbalance is due to genetics; for others, it can stem from drug, steroid, or medication use. 

However, puberty is one of the most common causes of this hormonal imbalance. It’s reported that nearly 70% of pubescent boys struggle with this condition. While many men’s hormones naturally balance after puberty, others suffer from gynecomastia into adulthood.

What Are the Benefits of Gynecomastia Surgery?

Gynecomastia surgery involves liposuction surgery to remove the unwanted subcutaneous fat and/or surgical excision of excess tissue in the chest. 

Along with the physical benefits of having a more masculine and defined chest, men can increase their self-esteem and confidence, feeling more comfortable with how they look after male breast reduction surgery. 

Whether participating in sports or wearing shirts without feeling self-conscious about their appearance, gynecomastia surgery can help males of all ages live their life to the fullest. Gynecomastia correction surgery is a safe and effective procedure requiring only one to two weeks of recovery.

When Should You Have Gynecomastia Surgery?

Many males who suffer from gynecomastia (or parents of male teenagers with gynecomastia) worry whether they are too old or young for gynecomastia surgery. 

However, this procedure can help males of any age look and feel their best.

It’s never too late for men to improve their figures. This is especially true if you are recently divorced, looking to re-enter the dating world, or wanting to stay competitive in the job market. 

For younger males, gynecomastia surgery can help you live a happier and more complete life (in school or the workforce) since you can feel comfortable with how others see you. However, you must wait until adulthood to undergo gynecomastia surgery to ensure that your gynecomastia doesn’t resolve naturally after puberty. 

If you think you may be a candidate for male breast reduction, schedule a consultation with Dr. Karlinsky and her team at New Look New Life Cosmetic Surgical Arts. Our board-certified cosmetic surgeons will evaluate your condition to determine if gynecomastia surgery can help you achieve your ideal appearance.

Male Breast Reduction in Manhattan and Westchester

If you struggle with gynecomastia and are interested in achieving the masculine chest you have always desired in New York City, make sure to call 646-559-2854 or contact us online — select either the Manhattan office or the Westchester office.