Male breast reduction also referred to as gynecomastia, is the surgical correction of enlarged or over-developed breasts in men. It affects men of all ages. It can be caused by hereditary conditions, hormonal changes, and the use of certain drugs or diseases.
Gynecomastia can result in emotional distress, and also affect your self-confidence. A number of men may even avoid intimacy, while others avoid physical activities just to hide their conditions.
Characteristics of gynecomastia; excess localized fat. Development of excess glandular tissue. Combination of excess glandular tissue and fat may be present bilaterally- in both breasts or unilaterally - in one breast
Is this right for me?
Gynecomastia surgery is a procedure that is highly individualized, that you should do, just for yourself, and not to fit into any sort of ideal image or fulfill anyone else’s desire. This treatment is ideal for you if;
- Physically healthy and have a normal body weight
- Have realistic expectations
- Stable breast growth, and...
- Feeling annoyed with the man boobs
Risks of gynecomastia surgery
As mentioned before the decision to have the above surgery is personal, hence you will have to weigh the benefits versus the risks and potential complications, and decide if they are acceptable.
The risks include:
- Bleeding and blood clots
- Poor wound healing
- Changes in breast or nipple sensation
In case liposuction is used, this may cause rippling, uneven contours, loose skin, irregular pigmentation
Damage to deeper structures such as blood vessels, nerves, musclesBreast asymmetry
Deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary and cardiac complications
Male breast reduction surgery procedure
Mammaplasty is the technical term for plastic surgery to correct Gynecomastia. It reduces the breast size, enhancing and flattening the chest contours.
Medications are administered during the surgical procedure. The options are general anesthesia and intravenous sedation. Your physician will advise what is best for you.
Liposuction technique may be used alone, in the cases where gynecomastia is primarily due to excess fatty tissue. This involves the insertion of a thin and hollow tube called cannula, which is inserted through a number of small incisions. By moving the cannula back and forth, this loosens excess fat which is then sucked from the body by vacuum suction.
In cases where excess skin must be removed or glandular breast tissue, the excision technique is recommended in male breast surgery. Excision is also necessary if the areola is to be reduced or in nipple repositioning, to a natural male contour.
In most cases, male breast reduction is permanent.
However, if the breast enlargement in the first place was as a result of the use of certain medications, drugs such as steroids, or due to weight gain, you must free yourself from those drugs and maintain a stable weight so as to maintain the results.
All scars may be permanent, although some may be hidden in the natural folds of the breast. Your improved chest and upper body due to male breast reduction will most likely enhance your confidence and self-image, whether you are wearing a t-shirt, a shirt, and a tie, or even a bare chest at the beach.