Male breast reduction, also known as gynecomastia surgery, reduces the profile of male breasts, and returns the chest to a more pleasing contour. In severe cases, gynecomastia may cause sagging and even stretching of the areola. The areola can be repositioned, and excess skin removed, during corrective surgery. Most men report a significant increase in confidence and comfort following the surgery.
What Causes Gynecomastia?
All of the causes of gynecomastia- the condition of enlarged male breasts, are not fully understood. It is estimated that up to 50% of men in America will suffer from the condition in their lifetimes. It can happen at any age. Most men opt to have the condition treated in their teens to adulthood.
Certain medications, weight gain, hormone imbalances, and genetics may all play a part in gynecomastia. In some men, hormonal imbalance causes expansion of glandular tissue, resulting in even slim men to notice enlargement. Regardless of the cause, male breast reduction surgery is the most efficient treatment, and the only one that consistently shows permanent results.
Is Liposuction an Option?
Liposuction may be a treatment option for gynecomastia in some cases. The treatment approach will depend upon the extent of the condition, patient preference, and the doctor’s advice. In moderate to severe cases, surgical tissue excision is necessary, not only to reduce the fat and glandular tissue, but to adjust the position of the areola and to remove excess skin. Each case is different and treatment must be tailored to suit the individual needs of the patient.
What To Expect – Male Breast Reduction
At your initial consultation, you’ll discuss the extent of your condition, your medical history, and the treatment options with your doctor. Once you’ve decided upon the best course of action, you’ll be asked to begin preparing for your male breast reduction. Preparation may include:
- Changing or halting current medications
- Smoking cessation
- Avoiding aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and herbal supplements
- Planning for recovery, including arranging transportation to and from your surgery appointment
- Filling prescriptions for post-surgical medications
General or local anesthetic may be required, depending upon the extent of treatment and your individual treatment plan. Following your male breast reduction procedure, following the physician’s instructions is crucial to healing. You’ll need to avoid lifting or having anything brush up against the incisions for at least a few days. You may have a small plastic tube, called a drain, in place to reduce swelling following the procedure. Be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions for after-care and follow-up carefully.