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7 Facts About Enlarged Male Breasts

Many people believe enlarged male breasts only affect obese men, but gynecomastia is a condition that impacts men of any size and age. Gynecomastia is the overgrowth of glandular breast tissue and can’t be treated through weight loss, contrary to popular belief. Learn more facts about enlarged male breasts from our Manhattan cosmetic surgeons in the infographic below. 
Enlarged male breasts, gynecomastia, is treated through cosmetic surgery in Manhattan

If you struggle with gynecomastia, please contact our cosmetic surgeons at New Look New Life Surgical Arts in Manhattan today at (646) 559-2854. We provide cosmetic surgery and non-surgical treatments to patients in surrounding areas of New York City. 

Men, Get the Body You Deserve

Karlinksy, Lipo Men - Image Having long been a patient favorite at New Look New Life, liposuction remains one of our most requested procedures. In recent years, men are increasingly discovering the many benefits of liposuction. Targeting stubborn pockets of fat, liposuction breaks up fat cells before they are gently suctioned out. By removing excess fat, liposuction can trims and enhance a man’s masculine physique.

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Pec Implants

Pectoral Enhancement in NYC

A taut, muscular chest is the goal for many men. However, despite regular weightlifting and exercise, achieving this goal may be restricted by factors such as age or genetics. Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini can help men to achieve their ideal chest using pectoral implants.

What are pec implants?

Male pectoral implants are used to create the appearance of greater muscle volume and definition in the chest. Dr. Karlinksy is highly skilled in refining and contouring the male chest with chest implants.

Are chest implants for men right for me?

Some men are unsatisfied with the degree of chest muscle definition they are able to achieve through exercise and weightlifting. Those in good medical standing who wish to create the appearance of more muscle mass and achieve greater firmness in their chest will see very positive results with Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini’s pec implant surgery.

How soon can I have pec implant surgery?

During your initial consultation with Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini, she will help you select the pec implant size and shape that best suits your overall body. During that appointment, you may schedule your pec implant procedure.

How soon will I see the results of my pectoral implants?

You will be pleased with the stronger appearance of your chest and the definition created by the implants immediately after surgery. The definition will continue to improve as you heal.

What do I need to do to prepare for pec implants?

Smoking, blood thinning medication, and NSAIDs such as aspirin, Advil® or ibuprofen, and Aleve® must be avoided for two weeks before and after your surgery.

How is pec implant surgery performed?

Pec surgery involves the placement of solid, but soft silicone implants just under the pectoral muscles of the chest. These implants are designed to mimic the look and feel of your own natural muscles. Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini pays close attention to the placement and contouring of pec implants to ensure masculine lines, a natural feel, and symmetry. In some cases, they may also perform light liposuction to achieve optimal definition. Incisions that are made to place the inserts are in the armpit, ensuring that any scarring is well-hidden.

How long does pec implant surgery take?

Pec implant surgery takes approximately 1-1.5 hours.

Do I have to stay overnight after pec implant surgery?

No! Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini will perform your surgery at our Manhattan surgical center and you will return home the same day. You should arrange for a ride home from the procedure.

How long does recovery take?

After your pec implant procedure, you will have some swelling, stiffness, and discomfort. Most men are able to return to non-strenuous work within 2-3 days. During your recovery, you should avoid heavy lifting or running. In the days following surgery, your swelling will subside and your improved chest definition will be fully realized.

How long do I have to wait after pec implants before exercising?

You will feel comfortable resuming your normal activities the day after surgery but should wait 7-10 days before returning to strenuous exercise.

What are the risks associated with pec implants?

Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini is very experienced in successful and safe chest implant surgery. Surgical complications may include bleeding, infection, scarring, or asymmetry.

Patients experiencing any unusual or concerning symptoms are advised to call Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini’s cell phone immediately. 

How much do pec implants cost?

All costs will be detailed during your consultation.

What are male patients saying after pec implants?

Men are extremely pleased with the results of Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini’s pec implant surgery. Read their feedback here.

Gynecomastia New York

Male Breast Reduction Surgery in New York

Most men do not consider the likelihood that they will develop enlarged breasts; however, this is something that affects as much as 60 percent of men. 

Gynecomastia is characterized by the overdevelopment of male breast tissue and fat. While this condition has a simple surgical fix, many men who suffer from this are too embarrassed to seek treatment. 

Instead of suffering the emotional and physical discomfort stemming from this condition, you can consider gynecomastia surgery. This procedure removes the presence of excess breast tissue and adipose tissue (fat) that contribute to a male breast. What results is a stronger, more masculine chest appearance.

gynecomastia or male breast reduction before and after

Why should I choose New Look New Life Cosmetic Surgical Arts?

The surgeons at New Look New Life are dedicated to providing you with safe, results-driven transformations. Our surgeons customize your gynecomastia surgery to your specific needs and are there for you throughout your male breast reduction process.  

What Causes Gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia can affect men of all ages and can develop in response to many different situations. Some of these causes include:
  • Genetics
  • Hormonal changes
  • Certain medications for prostate cancer, heart disease, HIV, or high blood pressure
  • Anabolic steroids 
  • Drug use
  • Obesity

Am I a Candidate for Gynecomastia Surgery?

Gynecomastia can cause significant self-esteem issues in men who cannot remove enlarged breasts naturally. Candidates for male breast reduction identify with this insecurity and desire to correct it through surgical means. Ideal candidates do not smoke, are in good overall health and close to their goal weight, and have realistic expectations of their results.

What Is Discussed During My Gynecomastia Surgery Consultation?

Your consultation is critical to the success of your gynecomastia surgery. During your meeting, your surgeon will:
  • Discuss your goals for the procedure
  • Take your measurements and photos
  • Determine the cause of your gynecomastia
  • Explain your surgical options
  • Develop a treatment plan
If you think you may be a candidate for gynecomastia surgery, contact New Look New Life Surgical Arts by calling (646) 559-2854.

How Can I Personalize My Gynecomastia Surgery?

Your gynecomastia procedure will be tailored to address your specific concerns. Breast reduction for men is an outpatient procedure that takes approximately an hour to an hour and a half. 

Gynecomastia surgery requires the use of local or general anesthesia, and you should arrange for transportation to and from the surgery center.

Will I Need Liposuction on My Breasts?

Men suffering from pseudogynecomastia (excess breast fat) benefit the most from using liposuction surgery to remove the excess fat. Men who qualify for liposuction alone do not have excess breast tissue or skin laxity on the chest.

During your liposuction treatment, your surgeon at New Look New Life will make a tiny incision on each side of the chest. These incisions are nearly invisible once they have healed.
The excess fat is removed via a vacuuming device attached to a thin cannula. 

Will I Need Tissue Excision on My Breasts?

If the cause of gynecomastia is excess tissue or loose skin, a more extensive tissue removal procedure is required. Incisions will be made around the areola (the darker region surrounding the nipple) to conceal the resulting scar. 
Excess tissue is physically removed, and loose skin is trimmed to reveal tighter and more sculpted pecs.

What if I Have Excess Tissue and Excess Fat?

Many men who are suffering from gynecomastia have both excess fat and tissue in the chest. These men would benefit most from a combination of liposuction and tissue excision. 

Should I Combine My Gynecomastia Surgery With Another Body Contouring Procedure?

Male breast reduction is a unique, targeted procedure that is typically performed alone. However, men with excess pockets of fat around the chest area may benefit from liposuction in the neighboring regions. 
Alternatively, men who desire more definition in their chest may opt for pectoral enhancement with implants.

What Are Your Concerns?

How Long Is the Recovery From Gynecomastia Surgery?

The extent of your recovery period will vary slightly depending on the surgical techniques that were used. 
Regardless, men can expect to develop some bruising, swelling, and tenderness in the chest region. Their chest will be wrapped in a compression garment (male vest) to control swelling and pain by promoting blood circulation. 

Most men undergoing liposuction only can return to work the following day or within a day or two. Men who undergo tissue excision may require a few additional days. 

You will be required to avoid all strenuous exercise for at least seven to 10 days following the treatment. Heavy lifting should be avoided for four to six weeks.

Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini and Dr. Kim provide all of their patients with their cell phone numbers so that they can be reached at any time during the recovery.

Is Gynecomastia Surgery Painful?

Gynecomastia surgery is performed with anesthesia for your comfort and safety. Unfortunately, some discomfort may develop in the hours and days following the surgery. Prescribed or over-the-counter pain medication can remedy any discomfort that is experienced during this time. 

Most men find that their pain has dissipated within a few days.

Will My Gynecomastia Surgery Leave Scars?

All surgical procedures will result in some degree of scarring; however, the extent of this scarring will depend on the gynecomastia surgery techniques that were performed.
Liposuction incisions are very small; therefore, the resulting scars will be nearly undetectable once the incisions have healed. 
The excision method will result in a higher degree of scarring, but the darker skin of the areola camouflages the scars. 
You can reduce the visibility of your scars by keeping the healing incisions out of the sun, applying silicone strips or topical scar creams, and avoiding any strenuous movement to the chest—such as lifting weights or doing push-ups. 

What Does Gynecomastia Surgery Cost in New York?

Your male breast reduction surgery will be tailored to you based on your physical needs. 
At New Look New Life Surgical Arts, the cost of gynecomastia surgery starts at $4,500, but this amount may vary once all of the required techniques, surgeon’s fees, anesthesia fees, facility fees, post-surgical garments, and follow-up visits are factored in. 
We will provide you with an accurate cost estimate during your consultation, and we offer financing options through CareCredit® to assist you in paying for your male breast reduction surgery in New York.

What Are Some Frequently Asked Questions About Gynecomastia Surgery?

How should I prepare for my gynecomastia surgery? 

Regardless of your degree of gynecomastia, your surgery will be performed under local or general anesthesia. Because of this, smoking and the use of all blood-thinning medications and NSAIDs are prohibited for at least 10 to 14 days before and after the surgery.
Patients should arrange to have a family member or friend drive them to and from the surgery and stay with them for the first 24 to 48 hours of their recovery to help with all normal activities.

What are the risks associated with gynecomastia surgery?

Male breast reduction is extremely safe when performed by a skilled surgeon, such as your surgeon at New Look New Life Cosmetic Surgical Arts. Unfortunately, as with any surgical procedure, rare complications can occur. These include:
  • Harmful interactions with the anesthesia
  • Bleeding
  • Seroma
  • Infection
  • Blood clots
  • Poor scarring
  • Chest asymmetry

How can steroid use contribute to gynecomastia?

Men may be surprised to hear that the very same anabolic steroids they are taking to build masculine muscle actually create a spike in estrogen levels (the female hormone). If steroid levels become too high in the body, it can cause an imbalance between testosterone and estrogen, generating the development of excess adipose breast tissue. 

Can my gynecomastia fix itself?

Some men who develop gynecomastia during adolescence discover that their gynecomastia rectifies itself as they enter adulthood. This is because their gynecomastia was due to a hormonal imbalance that corrected itself. While this correction is possible, it is not always probable. 
Most men who suffer from the presence of excess adipose tissue discover that surgery is their only option. 

How can I tell if I need liposuction or excision?

Liposuction is appropriate if the cause of your gynecomastia is excess fat. Liposuction cannot remove excess skin or glandular (breast) tissue. 
Your surgeon at New Look New Life Surgical Arts will recommend the best techniques during your consultation. 

When will I see my gynecomastia surgery results?

Because gynecomastia surgery physically removes excess tissue or fat, you will start to see your results immediately following your treatment. However, as there will be moderate to significant bruising and swelling following your surgery, it may take weeks or months for the full extent of your results to develop.
Once the results fully form, men are astounded by their slimmer, more defined chest and the effect that the firmness has on their self-image.

Can gynecomastia return after gynecomastia surgery?

The results of your gynecomastia surgery can be permanent as long as you maintain a stable weight and follow a healthy lifestyle. While this condition will likely not reappear on its own, it can recur if there is significant weight gain or if you begin steroid or drug use. 
Since some men’s gynecomastia is intertwined with their hormones, there is a chance that gynecomastia can return with age due to the shifting hormones.
Any changes in your chest can be addressed with additional liposuction or skin excision treatment.

Hair Restoration

New Look New Life Surgical Arts is pleased to partner with New York City Institute for Hair Restoration in providing the revolutionary Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) NO SCAR hair transplant system.

Restore your confidence today. Schedule a consultation with IHR and Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini to learn more about this effective, minimally-invasive hair restoration solution.

Scar-Free Hair Transplant in NYC

Hair loss is never fun for anyone and can quickly tear down a person’s self-confidence. While it is slightly more common with men, women suffer from pattern baldness, as well. Unlike the painful and fake-looking solutions of the past, hair restoration is a safe, new way for men and women to restore a full, natural-looking head of their own real hair.

New Look New Life Surgical Arts is pleased to partner with New York City Institute for Hair Restoration in providing the revolutionary NO SCAR hair transplant system.


What is Automated Hair Restoration?

Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini is excited to offer patients the opportunity to restore a full head of hair with automated hair restoration, an incredible new, FDA-approved hair restoration system. Automated hair restoration can be used for both men and women who are experiencing some form of hair loss or thinning hair. Automated hair restoration is widely known as one of the most advanced hair loss solutions available, providing natural-looking results without the scar that other procedures often leave behind.

Why choose Automated Hair Restoration?

There are several benefits that set automated hair restoration apart from other hair restoration methods.

These benefits include (*):

  • Less invasive and pain-free
  • No incisions or stitches required
  • You may return to work the day after your treatment
  • Faster results
  • Extremely precise
  • Minimal tightness or discomfort
  • No linear scar (common with strip method hair restoration)
  • The hair is completely natural – your own hair is used for the procedure!

Is Automated Hair Restoration right for me?

During your initial consultation, your New York cosmetic surgeon will outline the details of your procedure and will determine whether you are a good candidate for automated hair restoration. It is important that you have enough donor hairs that can be transplanted into the area of your head where you are experiencing hair loss.

How is automated hair restoration performed?

Automated hair restoration uses a new method of hair restoration called Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). During this process, Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini expertly removes individual hair follicles from one area of the body (usually from the back of the head), and then uses these hair follicles for precision placement in the area of the head experiencing hair loss. Once Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini successfully transplants each hair follicle to its new location, they will begin growing new hairs, blending seamlessly with the rest of your head.

Because FUE hair restoration offers cosmetic surgeons like Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini a new level of precision that was not possible with other treatments, automated hair restoration can be used for even minor hair restoration procedures, such as perfecting your sideburns or eyebrows.

Is there a recovery time after automated hair restoration?

No recovery time is needed following your automated hair restoration procedure. You should be able to return to work and normal activity just one day after treatment. There will not even be a scar you need to worry about covering up.

When will I see the results of my automated hair restoration?

You will begin seeing results about 6-8 months after your procedure. This is because it will take some time for the hair growth cycle of the transplanted follicles to kick in, but once the hair starts growing, your results are long-lasting (*). As you age, hair loss may still continue in other areas of the head as part of the natural aging process.

How much does automated hair restoration cost?

Details about the price of your automated hair restoration procedure will be discussed during your consultation with Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini. The price will vary based on the size of the area that is being treated.

What are patients saying about their automated hair restoration?

To read reviews from past automated hair restoration patients, click here.

Meet Our Physician Team

Victoria Karlinsky
Claudia J. Kim, D.O.
Carey J. Nease, MD
Rita Shats, M.D. Cosmetic Gynecology in Manhattan

Victoria Karlinsky-Bellini, M.D., Claudia J. Kim, D.O.Carey J. Nease, M.D. & Rita Shats, M.D.

Our cosmetic surgeons are highly-skilled and trained as body scultpting, facial and vaginal rejuvenation specialists with extensive experience in all aspects of cosmetic surgery and treatments.

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