Dr. Cruise, a leading, board-certified specialist in gynecomastia and male breast reduction, offers his expertise to the style, beauty, and lifestyle giant, Cosmopolitan, in his latest educational contribution to the plastic surgery community. The article, Why Do Men Have Nipples?, answers many questions about male breasts, their function, and why they can be prone to gynecomastia— something Dr. Cruise strives to educate men about during his practice.
He begins by explaining why men develop nipples, which is because they are normally developed within the womb before the Y chromosome and testosterone begin to create the male sex characteristics. Because of this, both men and women develop breast tissue— in the case of men, it can become enlarged for a number of different reasons, including hormone imbalance due to puberty or anabolic steroid use, among other things. This is called gynecomastia, but it can also be caused by fat buildup that can be left over after weight loss. The difference, he explains, can sometimes be felt— breast fat tends to be flabbier than tissue.
Dr. Cruise also explains the male breast reduction process, which can remove excess skin, breast tissue, and fat. Sometimes, liposuction is involved (usually when gynecomastia is being caused by fat) because breast tissue isn’t conducive to liposuction due to the difference of fibrousness. There’s also a difference between male and female breast reduction, he explains, where female breast reduction generally aims to reduce “volume and heaviness in the breasts.” It seeks to keep the projective, feminine profile, while male breast reduction seeks to get rid of it almost completely.
If you’re looking for more information on gynecomastia and its treatment, Dr. Cruise is a leading expert in male breast reduction techniques, having developed a groundbreaking classification system to assist with his safe and effective reduction techniques, for which he is well-known in the plastic surgery community locally and abroad.
To learn more about plastic surgery in Orange County or to schedule a consultation with leading plastic surgeon Dr. Joseph Cruise, contact Cruise Plastic Surgery at (949) 446-1421.