While it may seem a bit unusual to the general population, women are not the only ones who can benefit from chest reduction surgery. Sometimes men also need the procedure. Being a man with noticeable breasts can be embarrassing, for example, and might even prevent someone from living a full and happy life. It can also be difficult to even go out in public or to find clothing that does not reveal your condition. And, of course, sometimes an overgrowth of breast tissue in men indicates a health issue that needs to be remedied. All of these factors make male breast reduction something to consider.
Who Opts for Male Breast Reduction?
Generally, older men who have a condition called gynecomastia, or swollen breast tissue, opt for male breast reduction. While the condition can sometimes resolve on its own, it oftentimes does not and necessitates medical intervention. Gynecomastia can develop from an imbalance of the hormones estrogen and testosterone. As a man ages, testosterone (the male hormone) production decreases, and there is less to counteract the estrogen (female hormone) that a man’s body produces. Testosterone controls muscle mass and body hair while estrogen controls (among other things) breast development.
Many kinds of medications can also cause gynecomastia, including some antibiotics, anti-androgens, anabolic steroids, some AIDS medicines, and cancer, heart, and ulcer medicines. Other kinds of drugs can contribute to the problem, including alcohol, amphetamines, methadone, and marijuana. Certain medical conditions can lead to gynecomastia, too, including tumors, hyperthyroidism, and liver or kidney failure.
While there are no real physical complications from gynecomastia besides its appearance, male breast reduction is still a consideration for many. With that said, if any contributing factors can be identified, it might be worth the time and effort to counteract them before pursuing surgery.
Breast Reduction for Men
If you need or want to have the excess fatty tissue on your chest removed, breast reduction for men is usually done via chest reduction surgery. The procedure removes excess fat, excess skin, and excess glandular tissue. The surgical procedure must be done while considering how best to shape the patient’s chest after removing the unwanted tissue. The patient’s chest must return to a masculine shape in order to match the rest of their body.
It should be noted that you don’t necessarily have to have traditional surgery to treat gynecomastia. Liposuction can also be used to correct the problem. One of liposuction’s main advantages is that the treatment usually only requires local anesthesia and side effects are generally mild enough that the patient can return to work in about three days.
Gynecomastia can create anxiety and make men highly uncomfortable about their appearance. You don’t have to suffer in silence, however, because there are good medical solutions that can help. The procedures for correcting the condition are well established, have good results, and can have a life-changing effect on a person’s life.