Male breast reduction is a surgical procedure that removes excess fat and tissue from a man’s chest to create a more natural shape and appearance.
The ideal candidates for male breast reduction are men who have enlarged chests and who may find themselves struggling with self-esteem as a result.
Procedure Length: 1- 1.5 Hours
Procedure Length: General
Recovery: No lifting, pushing or pulling for 6 weeks. Back to work within a week.
Why Male Breast Reduction?
A large proportion of men in Canada suffer from Gynecomastia which results in the overdevelopment of breast tissue. Often times this leads to men being self-conscious and not feeling like themselves in their own skin. If you’ve looked at your chest and felt that it didn’t fit your body, or found yourself choosing over-sized clothing and avoiding situations where you would be expected to take your shirt off, you may be a candidate for male breast reduction (gynecomastia) surgery. Through your consultation with Dr. Cluett, male breast reduction surgery might be identified as the ideal approach to help you achieve your desired results.
Dr. Cluett starts every patient relationship with a one-on-one consult to listen and fully understand your motivations, to cater a procedure plan that makes you feel confident and keeps your safety and wellbeing as the priority. Here you’ll have the opportunity to tell your story and work with Dr. Cluett to take steps towards completing your breast reduction procedural plan.
What causes male breasts to develop?
Non-cancerous enlargement of male breasts is named Gynecomastia and it is a surprisingly common condition. Some degree of Gynecomastia is shown to be present in more than 1/3 of adult males and it tends to become more common with age. Sometimes the enlargement occurs with puberty. In this case it can disappear over a period of 1-3 years but it can persist in as many as 8% of males. Another group of men that show an increase in breast tissue development are those older than the age of 50. For some of these men the extra breast tissue is associated with uncommon medical causes that should be ruled out prior to having surgery. In most cases, Dr. Cluett will be able to perform a 1-2 hour long surgical procedure that will permanently improve the appearance of the male chest. Following male breast reduction surgery, patients regularly say they feel much more comfortable going shirtless, and report a renewed sense of self-confidence.
Can I get rid of my male breasts by losing weight?
True Gynecomastia cannot be corrected with diet and exercise. Gynecomastia is characterized by enlarged breast tissue combined with breast fat that is very resistant to change with diet and/or exercise. Weight loss will only be effective in those whose large breasts are caused by additional fat. However, an acceptable weight range is necessary prior to being considered an acceptable candidate for this procedure. Reduction surgery is the best approach for correcting male breast tissue enlargement. The best surgical approach for you can only be determined after your consultation with Dr. Cluett. In most cases, male breast reduction is a day surgery procedure involving a combination of liposuction and direct surgical tissue removal and patients can return to most non-strenuous activities within 7-10 days.
Frequently Asked Questions
Whether you are considering Breast Surgery or Abdominoplasty, your plastic surgery treatment will require that you make important decisions. Dr. Cluett wants to help you feel educated about your choices and has provided a list of frequently asked questions below.
Where Will Your Procedure Take Place?
Your initial consult will take place in Dr. Cluett’s office at 7 Paton Street, The Health Sciences Centre, St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital, or Janeway Children’s Health and Rehabilitation Centre. Your surgical procedure will take place in a fully-equipped and safe surgical facility. These medical centres bring with them a team of specialized health care practitioners with training and experience specific to these types of procedures. Your safety is key to the success of a procedure.
What about pre-op and aftercare?
Dr. Cluett will work to ensure your path to recovery is as smooth and short as possible. Your recovery will be unique to you, your body, and your surgical procedure, that’s why each patient needs a custom recovery programme. After your procedure, Dr. Cluett will meet with you to review your specific needs and recommended aftercare. Throughout the recovery process, should you have any questions, you can always call Dr. Cluett’s St. John’s office and her team will be able to provide you with answers, or schedule a follow up appointment.
Is a referral required for a consultation with Dr. Cluett?
Some consultations will be covered by MCP if you are referred by another physician. If you wish to avoid obtaining a referral it is possible to see Dr. Cluett. This will involve a one-time consultation fee.
Will my treatment be coverable by MCP?
If the concern you have is considered “cosmetic” by MCP standards, your treatment will not be covered. Unfortunately, the only way to know for sure if your treatment will be covered, is to see Dr. Cluett in consultation. After assessing your concerns, she will advise you as to whether or not MCP will cover your procedure based on your history as well as your physical problems.
What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Debit or cash. We are as well associated with Ifinance Medicard which is a company accustomed to financing cosmetic procedures. We will provide you with the necessary contact information so you can further investigate this option if requested.
Why should I choose a Plastic Surgeon for my cosmetic procedure?
A Plastic Surgeon is a surgical specialist who has completed a minimum of 5 years of study and training in plastic surgery after receiving their initial medical degree. This is different from a cosmetic surgeon. Dr. Cluett is the only female plastic surgeon in Newfoundland and Labrador.