Gynecomastia is characterized by the development of swollen or enlarged breasts. Even though it is a common condition, it can make life difficult. It can afflict men of varying age, and adolescent cases resolve within a short span. There is no exact cause of this condition however some drug side effects are known to contribute to enlarged male breasts. Additionally, gynecomastia is also linked to hormonal imbalances (particularly during puberty), steroid use, genetics, obesity and use of marijuana.
Symptoms of Gynecomastia
Excess glandular tissue is the main symptom of gynecomastia even though often there is an accumulation of extra fatty tissue too. In some instances, the appearance of enlarged breasts is because of excess fatty tissue, also referred to as pseudo-gynecomastia. Excess skin might also develop as a result of sagging breasts or stretched tissue. Usually, enlarged male breasts involve both breasts. However, some patients might have one breast noticeable larger than the other. Enlarged breasts may feel painful and tender at times.
What is male breast reduction?
Men who suffer from this condition know how embarrassing and difficult it can be. They prefer undergoing gynecomastia surgery to restore normal male chest contour and avoid embarrassment. Male breast reduction is a plastic surgery procedure performed for treating gynecomastia through the surgical removal of excess fat or/ and glandular tissues in the breast. To get the excellent results, it is always a good idea to choose an experienced and qualified plastic surgeon. Once excess fatty tissues and glandular tissues are removed, patients can enjoy a more firmer and masculine appearing chest and feel confident, specifically when wearing tight-fitting clothing.
What can male breast reduction do?
Each patient is unique so are his needs. Thus, the plastic surgeon customizes the entire treatment approach accordingly. Benefits of the surgery are as follow:
- Removal of sagging or loose skin
- Removal of excess glandular breast tissue
- Resizing and/or repositioning of the areolas
- Reduction of excess fatty tissue
There are many patients who experience several psychological benefits from male breast reduction. Men who suffer from enlarged male breasts often feel self-conscious about the appearance of their chest and avoid making a social presence in gatherings, beaches, swimming pools, or gyms. By treating this condition, men feel more confident.
To determine whether or not you are the right candidate for this procedure, you should visit a plastic surgeon. The chosen cosmetic surgeon would review your medical history and perform full body examination to determine if you are the right candidate for gynecomastia. They also take preoperative pictures at the time of initial visits. During the consultation, your doctor will take the time to understand your needs and goals and review available techniques for the treatment. Candidates for male breast reduction might be in their teen years or fully grown adults.
The Male Breast Reduction Procedure
Even though it is one of the most commonly performed plastic surgery procedures, the results depend on the doctor you choose. Choosing a surgeon who has extensive experience in performing male breast reduction surgery can help you achieve the best results. Depending on the characteristicsof the breast tissue, it might be excised through a small semi-circular incision around the areola followed by liposuction for sculpting and contouring the surrounding soft tissue. The outstanding results in this procedure stem from proper liposuction contouring and breast tissue excision. The surgery can be done as an outpatient procedure, and usually lasts for two to three hours.
Recovery From Male Breast Reduction
Patients who undergo this procedure can expect mild bruising and swelling in the days following the surgery. Any discomfort and pain can be managed with oral medication, and most men can drive and resume work once the doctor discontinues narcotic pain medicine. It is recommended to wear compression garments to avoid strenuous upper body activity for many weeks. The results for this procedure can be noticed immediately after the procedure and would continue to improve as the residual swelling resolves and healing progresses.
Cost of male Breast Reduction Surgery
When it comes to the cost of male breast reduction surgery, it varies from patient to patient. Since each procedure is customized to the unique needs of the patient, the price of treatment can vary. Listed below are a few factors that can influence the overall cost of the surgery.
- Fees of the surgeon and anaesthesiologist
- Types of tissue removed
- Geographic location where the surgery is performed
- Complexity of the surgery
- Volume of tissue removed
- Postoperative medications
We are here to assist you with the best available treatment approach for treating gynecomastia. Our doctors provide the tailor-made treatment so that you can get the best results. We understand living with gynecomastia is no less than a challenge. We use the most latest medical equipment to provide our patients with the best and satisfactory results.