Is there an ideal age for getting a male breast reduction?
I am 21 years old. Is there an ideal age for getting a male breast reduction? Should I be waiting until I fully mature, or is it fine to have surgery now?
If you are 21 and have had the problem for a while, it is likely that it will not go away on its own. So the answer is that you are a candidate to do the surgery now or anytime you are ready. You should go for a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon to find out your options. Best of luck!
If your condition has been stable for two or more years, then it is amenable to surgery. I have operated on hundreds of young men for gynecomastia, from age 12-13 and up. To date, non of them has had a recurrence of the condition. There is no need to wait until you are "fully mature."
For further information, please check out my website, which is solely devoted to gynecomastia: www.gynecomastianewyork.com In particular, read the section on adolescent gynecomastia.
Elliot W. Jacobs, MD, FACS
New York city
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