It is estimated that while most men don’t talk about it, as many as 40 – 60% of men have gynecomastia, the condition of overdeveloped or enlarged breasts. Men who suffer from gynecomastia struggle with taking their shirt off in public, choosing clothing, and more. Through a cosmetic surgery procedure called gynecomastia surgery or male breast reduction surgery, Dr. Mooty and Dr. Schmid of The Lubbock Plastic Surgery Institute can treat this embarrassing condition by removing excess fat, glandular tissue, and/or skin. The result is a better proportioned, more masculine-contoured upper body and the freedom and self-confidence to lead an active life. Men from West Texas and East New Mexico who ready to have a more masculine-looking male chest, should schedule an initial consultation at our offices in Lubbock or Midland to discuss their feelings and goals with the medical professionals at The Lubbock Plastic Surgery Institute.
"I cannot say how pleased I am with Dr. Schmid, his staff, and my results! The entire process from beginning to end was great!"- D. / Healthgrades / Nov 16, 2018
"I recently had a consultation with Dr Mooty and I could not have been more impressed with his professionalism. He offered amazing bedside manner and TRULY listened to my concerns as a patient.... At no point did I feel rushed or as if I could not ask any & every question possible. I went into the appointment feeling anxious & he truly helped me feel comfortable enough to discuss every concern I had. His staff was also extremely helpful, friendly, & caring.... Without a doubt the best medical office staff I have EVER come across in Midland!!I would highly recommend his practice to my family & friends!"- F. / Healthgrades / Jul 22, 2020
"Dr Schmid was amazing! I went in for a breast lift and augmentation and right off the bat he was very welcoming and to the point. His staff are wonderful, caring people always willing to help. I couldn’t be happier with my results and healed beautifully. I would highly recommend him to anyone."- B. / Healthgrades / Jan 14, 2020
"Thank you so much for helping me get my self confidence back! - Dr Schmid was amazing! He made me feel very comfortable right from the start and does amazing work. His staff was very caring and made you feel right at home. Thank you so much for helping me get my self confidence back!"- B. / RealSelf / Jan 13, 2020
"Dr Schmid is an outstanding surgeon ! He does great work . His staff and nurses are top notch and all take great care of the patients. The office is beautiful and inviting! I have had several procedures done and I am so pleased . Give Dr. Schmid and his staff a call . They can help you with all your cosmetic needs."- T.C. / Yelp / Aug 12, 2019
Breast reduction surgery for men is done through a special liposuction technique. Some men with milder cases of gynecomastia may only require liposuction to attain good results. This is performed to remove the fatty tissue residing under the skin. During this approach, a small incision is made around the areola (intra-areolar). This allows access for a suction device to move through the chest and remove fat and tissue. In severe gynecomastia cases, an en bloc resection of excessive breast tissue and tightening of loose skin may be necessary. This includes nipple grafting and may require a staged surgery.
All male breast reduction procedures are performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure at an accredited surgical facility. The surgery typically lasts about an hour. Following surgery, there will be some swelling,ll not. and a compression garment should be worn for 1-2 weeks. Most patients are able to resume normal work schedules within a few days, and incorporate exercise within 4 weeks. This surgery allows men to feel more confident when exposing their chest due to a firmer, flatter chest. In most cases, scarring is inconspicuous.
Male Breast Reduction FAQs
Will This Help my Pecs?
Every man is born with some soft tissue covering his pectoralis muscles. When this breast tissue overgrows into larger breasts, the pecs are often hidden. Through male breast reduction surgery, the excessive tissue is removed so the natural contour and shape of the chest wall can be seen. Men who wish to tone and strengthen their chest muscles will have equal opportunity to do so. Strength training will help lead to optimal results once this tissue has been removed.
Is Liposuction Always Needed?
In most cases, yes. The soft tissue and fat that collects in excess will need to be removed using liposuction. There are many liposuction techniques to consider. Some are less invasive and can help the skin become tighter on the chest wall. These methods can be discussed during your consultation.
What About Scarring?
Incisions for this surgery are well concealed. They are usually placed around or near the areola and are typically small enough that scarring is minimized. Over time, the incision lines will fade and become almost nonexistent for most men.