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Will Liposuction Get Rid of Moobs?

 Liposuction and Gynecomastia Treatment

Before and After Liposuction and Gynecomastia Treatment

Before and After Gynecomastia Surgery

This question is asked frequently by San Francisco Bay Area men, and the answer is; rarely will liposuction alone get rid of man boobs. True gynecomastia is a combination of fat and breast tissue. Liposuction will only effectively remove fat. Breast tissue is too dense to go through a cannula.

Liposuction Treats pseudogynecomastia

There are many surgeons who attempt to remove moobs by liposuction alone, they leave behind the breast tissue which now without the surrounding fat may be even more apparent.   I would say that 35% to 40% of my male breast reduction cases are “redo” surgeries where the original surgeon used liposuction alone. This presents a more difficult “redo” surgery because now there is scar tissue making dissection more difficult and the skin may have lost much of its elasticity. This is especially frustrating for the patient who will have to go through another surgery involving more expense and recovery time and maybe not the result that could have been obtained if breast tissue had been excised in the original surgery.   There are instances when liposuction is a great tool, but mostly it should be used for touch up procedures, to extract and/or inject fat. In the rare case where the male breast is caused by fat alone, liposuction may be very effective. This is not considered “true gynecomastia” however; it is referred to as “pseudo-gynecomastia”.  In many cases, pseudo-gynecomastia can be reversed with weight loss if the skin has not been overly stretched.   In order to avoid needing a “redo” surgery, be sure to find a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon that specializes in gynecomastia surgery. Look at the surgeons before and after photos, and ask questions as to the method of surgery to be used.

Liposuction assist in gynecomastia surgery.


Male Breast Reduction Surgery up 5% for 2012

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Gynecomastia Surgery Continues to Rise


Each year the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) reports statistics on the amount of plastic surgeries performed for the previous year. They look at the overall cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries and report which procedures have had an increase or decrease. For the year of 2012, it has been reported that things are quite stable.

Cosmetic procedures were up 5%, but there was a 2% drop in cosmetic surgical procedures. A rise of 6% in minimally invasive procedures such as Botox and injectable fillers accounts for the overall increase.

The treatment of male breast development, gynecomastia, also known as moobs, is one of the largest increases in body contouring surgeries for Northern California men as well as across the nation. Gynecomastia surgery had a 5% increase in 2012 over the previous year. Awareness and acceptance of male breast reduction surgery is attributed to this increase.

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