For men who suffer from breast enlargement, the negative impact on their self-worth and how they view their bodies can be debilitating. Male breast reduction surgery can provide an avenue of relief from these psychological stressors. Those who require and receive this relatively non-invasive cosmetic procedure can expect an improvement in self-esteem and negative body image issues.
What is Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastiais the medical term that refers to the growth and enlargement of breast tissue in males. A common condition, it can affect full grown males as well as boys going through puberty. In most cases the onset of gynecomastia is a reflection of an imbalance in hormone production which usually includes the increase of estrogen which results in the growth of fat tissue in the breast area. It can also be caused by use of certain types of drugs, a side effect of certain medications or as a result of a medical endocrine condition.
Are You a Good Candidate for Male Breast Reduction Surgery?
There are a few physical and medical criteria a patient must meet before being cleared for male breast reduction surgery. Good candidates for this procedure are non-smoking men who are healthy both mentally and physically and whose weight falls within the ideal weight range for their height and bone structure. Those who suffer from serious health problems like heart disease, blood clotting, diabetes and obesity will be required to discuss treatment options with their family doctors.
What Are the Treatment Options?
Male breast reduction surgery can consist of either liposuction or removal of the breast tissue entirely. Liposuction, the removal of fat tissue, is the least invasive of the two treatment options currently available, only requiring very small incisions near the areola, in the under arm area or under the breast where evidence of the procedure can be easily hidden. If breast tissue removal is necessary surgeons typically make incisions along the curve of the nipple. Uncommonly, if a patient has extra breast, fat and skin, incisions need to be made to reduce the excess skin in the area as well.
Post-Operative Recovery and What to Expect
After having surgery most patients are able to return to their normal routine within the week. For more strenuous exercise, patients are advised to hold off until a few weeks have passed to ensure healing. Patients should also limit sun exposure to the incision areas for at least half a year after having the procedure doneto avoid dark scarring. Consultations with family doctors and cosmetic surgeons are recommended before proceeding with the surgery. In some cases a non-surgical fix, like exercise in the case of excess weight can be the solution. In more significant cases however, patients can regain self-confidence and self-worth via the surgery.