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Can an adolescent get a Male Breast Reduction?

Gynecomastia (enlarged male breasts) is a very common condition among adolescent men and can cause a great deal of mental anguish during a young man’s developmental years. For that reason, parents may want to get male breast reduction for their young children to avoid potential ridicule from their peers. With gynecomastia affecting nearly 50% of all men, male breast reduction is growing rapidly in popularity. However, there are some issues to consider when deciding if male breast reduction is the solution for young men with overly large male breasts.

Since most men who suffer from gynecomastia see an improvement naturally over time, it is important to understand that young men in their teens may not need surgery to correct the condition. Gynecomastia can be caused by a number of factors including weight, medication, and genetics. Depending on the root cause of gynecomastia, a male breast reduction might not be the best option for young men.

If a young man is suffering from bullying or mental anguish due to overly large male breasts, parents and young patients may choose to not wait for the condition to potentially correct itself. In these cases, additional procedures may be necessary over time if overly large breasts return. It is best to wait for a young man to fully mature physically prior to considering male breast reduction, but there are certain circumstances where it may be necessary for a patient’s mental health and self-esteem.

If you are concerned about overly large male breasts and are considering a male breast reduction at a young age, Schedule a Free Consultation with Dr. Matthew Malamet. He can help you determine if you or your child could benefit from a male breast reduction in Encino or Beverly Hills. Male breast reduction is a highly individualized procedure with a very high patient satisfaction rate that can be very beneficial during a young man’s developmental years.