Men and women have different kinds of chests. Women have rounder and fuller breasts, whereas men tend to have a flatter upper body. When men begin to develop feminine-looking breasts, it can be a cause of shame and embarrassment. They may begin to feel emasculated, and this may take a toll on their self-confidence and how they participate socially.
Do you struggle with oversized male breasts? Does it make you feel uncomfortable in social situations? To correct the appearance of your chest, you can get a male breast reduction performed. This surgical procedure corrects excessive breast tissue in men (also known as gynecomastia) and can also address oversized areolae.
What Causes Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia may result from a variety of factors. It could be a result of one’s genes, obesity, hormonal changes, various illnesses, or even from the usage of certain drugs.
How can one identify gynecomastia? Gynecomastia patients have an excess of fat localized in their breast area, excessive glandular-tissue development, and excess breast skin. These signs help one understand if they require a male breast reduction or not.
Is Male Breast Reduction Right for You?
Men who have failed to benefit from non-surgical breast-reduction options make good candidates for the procedure. Non-smokers and individuals in sound health heal the best. Men who have realistic expectations from the procedure are ideal candidates.
In order to have this operation carried out, the patient’s breast development must have stabilized. For this reason, it cannot be done on teens.
How Does One Prepare for Male Breast Reduction?
A patient who plans to undergo male breast reduction should be tested for any existing health conditions that may complicate their recovery. Smokers will be asked to avoid smoking in the weeks leading up to the procedure and during recovery. In addition, patients are requested to stop taking certain medications such as anti-inflammatory drugs.
Gynecomastia is an outpatient procedure. It takes a couple of hours to be completed, and you can return home the same day. It is advisable to arrange for a caretaker for the night who can cater to your needs after the operation, since you will still be waking up from the anesthesia.
The Male Breast-Reduction Procedure
Traditionally, during male breast reduction, an excision is made to remove excess glandular breast tissue with the help of a scalpel. Male breast-reduction surgery may also involve liposuction to remove excess fat depending on the individual’s recontouring needs.
The results of the surgery are immediately visible. However, after the surgery is complete, there will also be a degree of post-surgical swelling and bruising, which will make it harder to see the full results of the procedure. Once swelling and bruising have ameliorated and healing is complete, you will be able to enjoy the full results of your male breast reduction.
Achieve a More Masculine Chest
During a consultation with Dr. Lu-Jean Feng, a board-certified plastic surgeon with numerous satisfied patients, the two of you will discuss male breast reduction in further detail. Dr. Feng will answer your questions and develop a surgical plan to help achieve your goals. To schedule your consultation, contact our office.