Getting Rid of “Man Boobs” Once and for All
Gynecomastia, or enlarged male breast tissue, is a common, though often embarrassing, problem for men. Roughly 60 percent of men suffer with this condition, which is thought to be caused by hormonal changes, heredity, obesity and the ingestion of some medications. As a result, men with this condition often feel self-conscious when exposing their chest in public and in intimate moments. For these men, male breast reduction surgery can help relieve them of self-consciousness and gain a more masculine-looking chest by removing excess breast tissue and skin.
Are you a man who suffers from gynecomastia? Don’t let your self-confidence take a hit any longer. Learn more about the male breast reduction procedure, including how to use the Leading Medical Clinics network of leading health practitioners to find some of the top plastic surgeons in your area.
Are You a Good Candidate for Male Breast Reduction Surgery?
You may be a suitable candidate for having male breast reduction surgery if you:
- Are at least 18 years old
- Are not overweight or obese
- Have enlarged, puffy breasts despite proper diet and exercise
- Are self-conscious about enlarged breasts during exercise and intimacy
- Have good skin elasticity
Surgical Methods for Male Breast Reduction
Depending on the amount of skin, fat and breast tissue needing to be excised, your surgeon will use one of the following surgical methods during male breast reduction surgery:
Liposuction is often used when the enlarged breasts are mostly due to excess fatty tissue. With this method, the surgeon will create small incisions (either on either side of the chest, along the edge of the areola or in the armpit) and then insert a small, hollow tube called a cannula to suction out excess fat. The remaining tissue is then resculpted for a more attractive chest contour, and incisions are closed using sutures.
Tissue excision is often required for more severe cases of gynecomastia and when an enlarged chest is more the result of excess breast tissue than fat. Using this surgical method, small incisions are made around the areola or in the natural creases of the chest, and the extra breast tissue and skin is removed. Sutures are used to close the incisions.
More about Male Breast Reduction Surgery
The male breast reduction procedure is performed as an outpatient surgery and, depending on the patient’s needs, can take approximately one to two hours to complete. Incisions that are made, whether for the liposuction or tissue excision method, are made within the natural creases of the chest or around the areola — both of which locations result in well-concealed scars.
What to Expect During Recovery
Soft bandages and sometimes a compression garment is used to protect incisions, minimize swelling and support the chest as it heals. Drainage tubes are sometimes used for the first day or two in order to remove excess fluids from the breasts. Swelling and soreness of the chest is to be expected for the first few days. Most of the swelling will dissipate at this time, though it may take three or more months for swelling to disappear completely. You can typically return to work and normal daily activities after three to seven days, depending on your healing rate. Exercise can be resumed after three weeks, though chest exercises and heavy lifting should be avoided for at least six weeks. Sunblock with a minimum SPF of 30 should be worn on the incision sites when the chest is exposed to the sun; this will ensure that the scars don’t become pigmented, or darker in color.
The information presented here includes general guideposts for recovery; your surgeon will provide you with a more detailed explanation on what to expect from recovery as well as more specific post-operative instructions.
What to Look for in a Plastic Surgeon
If you are tired of living with the physical discomfort and social stigma of having a softer, feminine-looking chest, why not find out if surgery is right for you? Take the first step by finding a trustworthy surgeon to discuss your surgery options with you. The peer-reviewed, top-ranking plastic surgeons in the Leading Medical Clinics directory are all:
- Well-respected by peers
- Positively reviewed by patients
- Ranked as a top medical practitioner in their field
- In good standing with their medical board(s)
- Operating from a clinic that upholds the highest level of healthcare standards
- Would I be a good candidate for the male breast reduction procedure?
- How many male breast reduction procedures have you performed?
- Can you provide me with any patient information (whether print or digital) to help me better understand this procedure?
- Is the surgery painful?
- Which surgical method will you use for my procedure?
- What type of anesthesia is typically used during surgery?
- What are the risks and/or side effects associated with the surgery?
- How common are the risks/side effects?
- How much time will I have to take off of work for recovery?
- Will I be placed in a compression garment? If so, how long will I have to wear it?
- What types of limitations (driving, exercising, etc.) will I have after surgery?
- Will I have scars?
- Will the surgery affect nipple sensation?
- Will the surgery address enlarged areolas?
- What results can I expect from surgery?
- Will the results be permanent?
- Do you offer evening or weekend appointments?
- How much do you charge for male breast reduction surgery?
- What financing options are available to me as your patient?
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