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Gynecomastia Risk Factors

Excess tissue or fat in the chest of males can produce a feminine, soft, and unattractive look. Known as gynecomastia, this condition can impact self-esteem, attract unwanted attention, and reduce feelings of masculinity.

Excess fat or glandular tissue in the chest may not respond to dietary changes or increased exercise, making male breast reduction the best option in many cases. The most effective way to determine if this is true for you is through a one-on-one consultation at the Naples, Florida office of board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Manuel Peña.

If you are suffering from gynecomastia in Florida, please contact Peña Plastic Surgery online or by calling 239-348-7362 to schedule your initial consultation today. Dr. Peña serve patients living in Ft. Myers, Bonita Springs, and all surrounding areas.

What Causes Gynecomastia?

In some instances, the cause of gynecomastia is unknown and it is assumed to be at least partially inherited (genetic). However, more often than not, enlarged male breasts are related to factors such as:

  • Weight gain
  • A sedentary lifestyle
  • Certain medications
  • Hormone use
  • Steroids
  • Illicit drugs including marijuana

When one or more of these factors is behind your condition, lifestyle changes may be necessary in addition to male breast reduction for optimal results. During your initial consultation Dr. Peña will assess your risk factors, discuss changes that may be needed, and help you plan the most effective way to reach your body contouring goals.

Am I a Male Breast Reduction Candidate?

The best candidates for male breast reduction in Florida are men who are close to their ideal body weight and willing to adopt lifestyle changes that can help reduce the risks of gynecomastia. In addition, good candidates for this procedure should be:

  • Nonsmokers or willing to quit well in advance of surgery
  • In generally good physical and mental health
  • Aware of the potential risks and complications of male breast reduction
  • Willing to follow pre and postoperative instructions that reduce risks
  • Able to take time off for a short recovery period

After your male breast reduction procedure you will need to take a few weeks to rest before starting a more advanced exercise routine. Work can typically be resumed within just a few days of surgery, but more strenuous activities like weight lifting will have to wait for up to six weeks. During your initial consultation at our Naples, Florida plastic surgery office, Dr. Peña will discuss all of these things with you along with steps you can take to improve your body’s healing response to help ensure your recovery and results meet your expectations.

If you are considering male breast reduction in Ft. Myers, Bonita Springs, Estero, or surrounding areas, please call our board-certified Naples plastic surgeon at 239-348-7362 to schedule your initial consultation today.