Men’s Breast Reduction in Draper, UT

If you're a man struggling with gynecomastia, you're not alone. This condition, characterized by the overdevelopment of breast tissue, affects a significant number of men and can cause both physical and emotional discomfort. 

At Watterson Plastic Surgery, we understand the sensitive nature of gynecomastia and its impact on your life. Dr. Paul Watterson, a board-certified plastic surgeon with a profound commitment to his patients, offers expert care in the heart of Utah.

Gynecomastia can manifest in several ways, including excess localized fat, glandular tissue development, and sometimes excess breast skin. Each case is unique, and understanding this, Dr. Watterson employs these tailored approaches to address your specific condition:

  • Liposuction: For cases predominantly involving excess fatty tissue, Dr. Watterson uses minimally invasive liposuction to remove fat through small, strategically placed incisions. This technique minimizes scarring and allows most patients to resume regular activities within two weeks.
  • Excision Techniques: In more complex cases, where a significant glandular component or excess skin needs removal, excision is necessary. Dr. Watterson's surgical precision ensures discreetly paced incisions that fit the natural contour of your chest and minimize visible scarring.

Our team at Watterson Plastic Surgery in Draper and Salt Lake City is skilled in various procedures for men. We're here to guide you from your initial consultation through your recovery. We aim to provide a comforting environment where we listen to and address your concerns respectfully and professionally.

Choosing to undergo men's breast reduction is a personal and transformative decision. Rediscover your confidence by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Watterson today.

Why Have Male Breast Reduction Surgery?

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Gynecomastia is one of the more unknown conditions in health. That explains why, despite the prevalence of enlarged breasts in up to or more than 50% of men, few men have surgery to correct the problem. Even though many men have this condition, it's difficult not to feel like you're the only person with larger-than-normal breasts. 

So why should you have the surgery? With the help of Dr. Watterson, you can feel good about taking off your shirt at the pool or doing yard work on a hot day. Your self-esteem is worth it.

Plus, the surgery is relatively simple, and recovery is easy. It's an excellent procedure that can really give your confidence a boost.

Who Is A Good Candidate For Male Breast Reduction?

Any man who is fearful or embarrassed to remove his shirt at the pool or the beach because of enlarged breasts (gynecomastia) may be a good candidate for male breast reduction surgery. It is one of the most gratifying procedures both for the surgeon and the patient. Even weight lifters and bodybuilders can develop nipples that extend and bother them.

Here are key factors that help determine if someone is a good candidate for this procedure:

  • Medical Evaluation: Individuals should be in good health, without medical conditions that could impair healing or increase risk during surgery.
  • Stable Weight: Candidates should be at or near their ideal weight. Significant weight fluctuations can affect the surgical results, so weight stability is important.
  • Non-smokers: Smoking can significantly impair healing and increase the risk of complications during and after surgery. Non-smokers, or those who have quit smoking well in advance of the surgery, are generally better candidates.
  • Age: Although there is no specific age restriction, we typically recommend that young patients have stabilized breast development before undergoing surgery.
  • Persistent Condition: Ideal candidates have gynecomastia that can't be corrected through alternative medical treatments or lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise.

Individuals considering male breast reduction should consult with a qualified plastic surgeon like Dr. Paul Watterson, who can provide a detailed assessment and discuss whether this procedure is suitable based on their specific condition and medical history. 

Causes of Male Breast Enlargement

True gynecomastia is usually caused by hormone fluctuations. That's often the case with teens who acquire the condition during puberty. In adults, the causes aren't as clear-cut. Adult gynecomastia usually occurs in middle age and above. Beyond hormones, certain medications are linked to enlarged breasts.

Some causes and risk factors for a man developing gynecomastia may include:

  • Steroids
  • Antibiotics
  • Tricyclic antidepressants
  • Heartburn treatment drugs
  • Anti-anxiety drugs
  • AIDS treatment drugs
  • Elevated estrogen levels
  • Heavy drinking
  • Frequent marijuana usage
  • Weight gain

How Common Is Surgery to Correct Gynecomastia?

Unfortunately, most men don't choose to do anything to address gynecomastia. It's thought that from 40 to 60 percent of men are affected by enlarged breasts. But in 2022, only 24,517  men chose to have surgery to correct their condition.

The procedure is so simple and can make such a positive impact on your daily life. If you're considering getting surgery and want to know more, contact Watterson Plastic Surgery.

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What Procedure Is Right for Me?

Dr. Watterson usually recommends a combined approach that uses liposuction and surgical removal of breast tissue. The incision is usually made at the areola junction and is inconspicuous. Occasionally, we can simply suction the breast and get a nice result. Conversely, we may also be able to remove a very small subareolar gynecomastia without requiring any suction.

Why Choose Watterson Plastic Surgery?

At Watterson Plastic Surgery, we offer exceptional care led by Dr. Paul A. Watterson. As a board-certified plastic surgeon with over two decades of experience, Dr. Watterson combines advanced surgical skills with a personalized approach. He's committed to continuing education and mastering various techniques to ensure you receive the highest quality results.

We believe in providing a supportive and welcoming environment from your first consultation through post-operative care. Our state-of-the-art facility and dedicated team prioritize your safety, comfort, and satisfaction at every step. We genuinely care about helping you achieve your aesthetic goals with excellence and compassion.

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Surgical Overview of Male Breast Reduction

Here's what to expect from a male breast reduction procedure to help you feel more comfortable:

  • Duration: The procedure generally takes one to two hours to complete.
  • Anesthesia: Patients are usually under general anesthesia, which means they are fully asleep during the surgery.
  • Setting: We perform this surgery as an outpatient procedure, so you can go home the same day.
  • Side Effects: Common side effects include discomfort, swelling, and changes in nipple sensitivity, though these are typically temporary.
  • Risks: As with any surgery, there are inherent risks, such as the potential for infection and blood clots. Specific risks related to this procedure can include permanent loss of nipple sensitivity and scarring. We'll discuss these risks thoroughly during your pre-operative consultation.
  • Recovery: After the surgery, you may have drains to help with fluid accumulation, which are usually removed within two to five days. We often advise patients to wear a compression vest for several months to aid the healing process and help the skin adjust to the new chest contour.
  • Duration of Results: The results of a male breast reduction can be permanent, providing a lasting solution to the challenges of gynecomastia.

During your consultation, we will go over all aspects of the surgery, including detailed risks and recovery expectations, to ensure you are fully informed and prepared for the procedure.

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Schedule a Client Consultation in Draper, UT

If you are considering male breast reduction in the Draper or Salt Lake City areas, schedule a consultation with Dr. Paul Watterson. With his extensive experience and recognition in plastic surgery, Dr. Watterson provides a compassionate and expert approach to addressing gynecomastia. 

Please call us at 801-571-2020 to book your appointment or schedule a consultation online. During your consultation, Dr. Watterson will discuss all aspects of the procedure, answer any questions, and outline the best surgical options for your specific case. This is your opportunity to learn more from a seasoned professional about how male breast reduction can change your life.

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