Men suffer from the same self-confidence problems as women. They look in the mirror and don’t like the reflection staring back at them. Whether it is the lines and wrinkles creeping along their once smooth foreheads or pockets of stubborn fat that won’t go away even after hitting the gym daily, more and more men are coming to cosmetic surgeons for solutions.
While most men are looking for Botox injections or liposuction, some have a more serious problem. Enlarged male breasts, also known as gynecomastia, is common and can cause low self-esteem and embarrassment, making it difficult to do normal activities such as getting a job, joining a gym or dating. Men choose to get breast reduction surgery to eliminate the unsightly “man boobs” and build confidence.
Facts About Gynecomastia Surgery
Fact 1: Male breast reduction surgery is the most effective known treatment for gynecomastia. Gynecomastia is caused by numerous factors including genetics, use of certain medications, hormonal changes and other undetermined reasons. It is not a condition that happens when you get older. A male of any age can get gynecomastia, and breast reduction surgery can be performed on both adult men and teens.
Fact 2: Gynecomastia is characterized by:
- Excess localized fat
- Excess glandular tissue development
- Excess breast skin
- Presence either unilaterally or bilaterally (one or both breasts)
Fact 3: You may be a good candidate for male breast reduction surgery if:
- Your condition can’t be corrected through alternative medical treatments
- You are healthy with no life-threatening illness or medical condition that can impair healing
- You don’t smoke or use drugs
- You have a positive outlook and specific goals for improving the physical symptoms of gynecomastia
- You are physically healthy and of a normal weight
- You have realistic expectations about what to expect from your surgery
- Your breast development is stabilized (usually if you are over age 18)
- You are bothered by the feeling that your breasts are too large
Fact 4: During a breast reduction surgery, the surgeon removes excess fat and glandular tissue to restore a flatter, firmer, and more masculine chest contour. The procedure may be combined with liposuction if needed.
Fact 5: Proper preparation will ensure that your surgery goes as well as possible. Before your procedure you should:
- Stop smoking or using products that contain nicotine
- Avoid long periods of time in the sun and tanning beds
- Stop taking blood thinners (including vitamins and minerals that may cause blood thinning) or medications that interfere with blood clotting
- Schedule a leave of absence from work
- Inform your doctor if you get sick in any way (they may want to reschedule your surgery)
- Arrange a ride to and from the hospital
- Obtain surgery chest compression garments and make sure they fit
FACT 6: Recovery from gynecomastia surgery usually takes somewhere between 5-10 days. This is the initial period where you will need to wear bandages and support garments to help with healing. A small, thin tube may also be placed temporarily under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid. You can expect to feel some discomfort or tenderness in the chest area. This discomfort should subside within a week or two, but some degree of swelling or numbness may last for several months. Full activity can be resumed in approximately 4-6 weeks.
FACT 7: Results from male breast reduction surgery are meant to be permanent. With that in mind, you have to remember that certain external factors contribute to gynecomastia. You should try to maintain a healthy lifestyle, watch the medications and supplements you consume and get treatment for certain medical conditions that may cause your gynecomastia to return.
Fact 8: Just like any other type of surgery, male breast reduction has its possible risks that you will need to consider before having your operation. Some of the ricks include:
- Anesthesia risks
- Blood clots
- Breast asymmetry
- Irregular breast contour and shape
- Changes in nipple or breast sensation (temporary or permanent)
Fact 9: Before having male breast reduction surgery, it is important that you consult with a properly trained physician who can help you make the right decision about whether or not male breast reduction surgery is the right step for you. Your surgeon can answer any questions you may have and work with you to create a surgical plan specific to your needs.
Fact 10: Associated Plastic Surgeons of Kansas City has extensive experience in treating gynecomastia. Our expert surgeons and professional staff ensure that you have the best experience possible. You can contact our office today to schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified surgeons to discuss how we can change the way you look and feel about your body.