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Men with larger breasts than normal feel self-conscious, not unlike their female counterparts, but generally do not suffer the same side effects. The condition is quite common, however, affecting about 50 percent of men, and just one breast or both. The reduction procedure best serves those men whose skin is elastic and firm enough to enable the surgeon to reshape the new contours of the breasts.


The best candidates for breast reduction surgery are those who are healthy and emotionally stable. It is likely to be discouraged for those who are obese, or who drink heavily or smoke marijuana regularly, as it – along with anabolic steroids – may cause over-development of male breasts.


The plastic surgeon removes fat and/or glandular tissue and excess skin, if necessary, to produce a firmer, flatter chest with better contours. With the physical improvement comes renewed self-esteem.