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What is Male Breast Reduction and Am I a Good Candidate?

When you think about breast augmentation, you usually picture a woman who needs correction after breastfeeding or wants to cosmetically change what she naturally has. It’s safe to assume that you don’t usually picture a man needing breast corrective surgery.

However, men can benefit just as much as women at Specialists in Plastic Surgery. Gynecomastia correction, or male breast reduction, is becoming increasingly common amongst men in the Raleigh area. This procedure can help men with overdeveloped or enlarged breasts by removing excess fat issue.

What Is Gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia is caused by the imbalance of the hormones estrogen and testosterone, and can affect both breasts, oftentimes unevenly. Although a benign condition, Gynecomastia can lower self-confidence, and can sometimes make men’s breasts painful.

Several things can create this hormone imbalance, like certain medications, excess drug and alcohol levels, health conditions like Hypogonadism, Hyperthyroidism, and kidney failure as well as natural hormone changes. In fact, more than half of male infants are born with Gynecomastia but it usually goes away within two to three weeks after birth.  It may re-appear during puberty, and may last six months to two years without treatment. One in four men will see it peak again between the ages of 50 and 69.

How Can Male Breast Reduction Help?

Gynecomastia may go away over time, but if it persists, surgery might be an option. It’s an outpatient procedure that can be performed under general anesthesia or intravenous sedation. There are a few methods for this procedure – liposuction, surgical removal of the tissue (excision), or a combination of both. The type of surgery will depend on the amount of excess fat, tissue, and skin that requires removal.

During the surgery, only tiny incisions are required at the sites remote from the breasts, and the tissue is removed through a surgical vacuum. Once the excess fat tissue is removed, you’ll see immediate results and no follow-up surgery is necessary.

Am I a Candidate for Male Breast Reduction?

To be a good candidate for this surgery you should be healthy, at a stable body weight, and have realistic about any risks and future outcomes. Although complications are rare, some potential risks include infection, breast asymmetry, excessive scarring, and other issues. Short-term side effects include swelling, bruising, and discomfort.

Male Breast Reduction at Specialists in Plastic Surgery

Men, enjoy the confidence that a masculine physique can give you. with male breast reduction at Specialists in Plastic Surgery!  Together, our board certified plastic surgeons have over seventy-five years of years of experience and provide each of our male patients with the highest quality of care. Schedule your consultation at our Raleigh or Carey, North Carolina practices today!

Here’s What a Mommy Makeover Looks Like



Are you interested in a mommy makeover but have no idea what the entire process look like? You are not alone! Many women hear the term “mommy makeover” thrown around, without really understanding how much planning and unique considerations are involved in the process. The Specialists in Plastic Surgery in Raleigh and Cary understand that your goals are dramatically different from the next woman and so you deserve a specifically designed plan of care. Continue reading “Here’s What a Mommy Makeover Looks Like” »

Embrace the Cold with CoolSculpting®


As the winter months bring cold air to North Carolina, many rejoice! Despite bathing suit season being a thing of the past, many of our clients are looking for a method to look and feel their best for upcoming holiday gatherings and social events. Whether you love the colder weather or you wish that it was still summer, Specialists in Plastic Surgery has an innovative method for everyone to embrace the cold this season: CoolSculpting®Continue reading “Embrace the Cold with CoolSculpting®” »

Say Goodbye to Cellulite with Oraser® Cellulite Control Body Smoothing Crème

There are few things in life more annoying than stubborn cellulite! With upwards of 98 percent of all women likely to experience cellulite at some point during their adult lives, many can tell you just how frustrating cellulite on their stomach, thighs, and backsides can be. Perhaps most infuriating is that cellulite is almost impossible to get rid of.

At last, Specialists in Plastic Surgery has found a cellulite treatment that actually works. When it comes to getting rid of pesky cellulite, ZO® Skin Health’s Oraser® Cellulite Control Body Smoothing Crème does the trick!
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4 Questions to Ask Yourself When Considering a Tummy Tuck


Also known as abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck can help you achieve a sleek stomach by removing excess skin and tightening the muscles along your abdomen. So, just how do you decide if a tummy tuck is for you? Together with Specialists in Plastic Surgery’s team of board certified plastic surgeons, we break down some of the qualities that make for a good tummy tuck candidate. When making your decision, we encourage you to ask yourself these four questions.
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Understanding Breast Reconstruction

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For a woman with breast cancer, there is far more to cope with than just the cancer diagnosis itself. The necessary treatment and following recovery period can be taxing—just as much emotionally as it is physically. For many women, losing one or both of their breasts to cancer and the resulting mastectomy leaves them wondering what their breast reconstruction options are.  With a range of excellent reconstruction options available, many women struggle to know where and how to proceed.

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4 Reasons Why Your 20s and 30s are an Ideal Time for Breast Augmentation

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According to the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, more women between the ages of 19 and 34 undergo breast augmentation than any other age group. At over 140,000 augmentations performed in 2015, these young women account for nearly 50 percent of all breast augmentations. With statistics like these, it is evident that breast augmentation at a younger age is undeniably popular. Here, we explore what makes your 20s and 30s an ideal time to consider breast augmentation.

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Male Breast Reduction Surgery Continues to Grow in Popularity

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With well over 68,000 surgeries performed, breast reduction was at an all-time high in 2015. More impressive, however, is, at 27,456, male breast reduction accounted for 40 percent of all breast reductions performed. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, this demonstrates a five percent increase in just the past year and a whopping 35 percent increase since year the 2000—exemplifying the continued and growing popularity of male breast reduction.

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Our board-certified plastic surgeons, Roger B. Russell, MD, Don L. Oschwald, MD, Richard E. Carlino, MD, Matthew W. Blanton, MD, and Sanjay V. Daluvoy, MD offer you more than 75 years of their combined experience in the field of cosmetic plastic surgery. We provide each of our patients with the highest quality care and deliver beautiful, natural results.

“My self confidence has skyrocketed. I now feel comfortable and confident in my own skin. Thank you! Dr. Daluvoy and the entire staff at SIPS were fantastic in every way possible. They took the time to listen to my concerns and answer all questions I had. They were kind and respectful and went above and beyond to make me feel comfortable in even my most vulnerable state.”

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