Gynecomastia is a condition that causes men to have enlarged or excessively developed breasts. It is a condition that can affect men at any age. The reasons for this ailment include hormonal changes, excessive weight gain, genetics, as well as a reaction to certain prescription drugs.
Understandably, gynecomastia can have a negative impact on a man’s self-esteem. Men who battle with overly developed breasts can develop low confidence, may avoid physical activities that require them to take off their shirt, and may avoid intimacy as a way of hiding their condition.
Gynecomastia is identified by excessive localized fat, excessive development of glandular tissues, and extra breast skin. It is a condition that can happen unilaterally, only affecting one breast, or it is something that men can develop bilaterally, or in both breasts.
Who Are the Ideal Candidates for Male Breast Reduction Surgery?
The ideal candidates would include men who are healthy, are not facing a life-threatening illness, are non-smokers, and who do not use drugs. They would not have a physical or medical condition that would impede their body’s ability to heal. Gynecomastia surgery should be considered by men who cannot correct their overdeveloped breasts by nonsurgical means.
Patients who have this procedure done should have a positive outlook on what the surgery will be able to do for them. They should also have clear goals in mind for how they want to look once the surgery is done. They will need to have realistic expectations about what the surgery can do for them and their appearance.
Men who feel stress about their large breast size, but who have reached a point where their breast development has stabilized should look into these procedures. While the procedure can be performed on adolescents, it is likely that they will need a follow-up procedure if their breasts continue to develop.
Male Breast Reduction Surgery Procedures
Prior to beginning of the male breast reduction surgery, the surgeon will administer general anesthesia or intravenous sedation. The physician will determine which option is best for you based on the type of procedure you will have done and the amount of correction needed.
Excision techniques are used where there is excessive glandular tissue or excessive skin that needs to be removed. In some cases, the areola will also need to be reduced, and the nipple repositioned so that it sits in line with natural male contour.
The recovery procedure after the surgery will take a few weeks. Patients will use dressings and bandages along with a support garment to minimize swelling and help their new chest contour as it should. They may also have a small tube under their skin that will allow excessive blood and fluid to drain.
To find out more about male breast reduction surgery, contact Chernoff Cosmetic Surgery today to schedule a consultation.