When it comes to male breast reduction surgery, many patients find themselves highly embarrassed – not just about undergoing the procedure, but about needing it in the first place. The truth is, gynecomastia (enlarged breast tissue in males) is more common than you think. In fact, up to 65% of young boys experience this condition during puberty, and millions of men suffer from it as they age. Sometimes, it’s the result of underlying medical conditions, like hormonal deficiencies, low testosterone or metabolic disorders. Other times, it may simply be a symptom of obesity.
Fortunately, male breast reduction surgery offers a powerful, comprehensive way of treating gynecomastia, regardless of the cause.
About Male Breast Reduction Surgery.
Ultimately, male breast reduction surgery seeks to do two things: 1) remove the excess tissue in the breasts and 2) restore the proper contour and aesthetic to the chest. Often, this surgery will use multiple techniques, including direct surgical excision of tissues, as well as liposuction in certain areas.
Before undergoing male breast reduction surgery, patients are required to undergo a physical examination. Typically, this seeks to identify any causal factors that may have resulted in the condition and will include blood testing, urine testing and more. Additionally, the possibility of a tumor must be ruled out by way of a mammogram as well. If no treatable, causal factors are found, the patient will be approved for surgery.
A few notes about the surgery itself:
- Patients are put under general anesthesia during the procedure.
- The surgery is performed in an operating room by a board-certified plastic surgeon.
- Patients are encouraged to take 7-14 days off from work in order to recover. They should also avoid exercise and heavy lifting for up to six weeks.
- Many patients experience swelling and bruising after the procedure. This usually lasts several weeks to months, depending on the extent of the surgery.
Male breast reduction surgery can allow men to once again feel confident and proud of their bodies, and it can improve their overall outlook on life. If you or someone you love is interested in male breast reduction surgery, contact the Center for Cosmetic Surgery today to learn more or to schedule a consultation.