Man Boobs? Consider Male Breast Reduction
The term ‘man boobs’ has come to negatively refer to excess breast tissue on a man. For some men, this is not caused by excessive weight gain, but instead by a medical condition known as gynecomastia. Gynecomastia occurs when a hormone imbalance causes a man to develop enlarged breasts. This can be uncomfortable and embarrassing and many men are reluctant to discuss this sensitive issue with their doctor. However, a breast reduction surgery may help you feel confident again. Here’s what you need to know about male breast reduction.
What Happens During a Male Breast Reduction?
Dr. Franckle will begin by making an incision around the nipple or in the creases of the chest, through which fat and glandular tissue can be removed. This is an outpatient procedure done either under local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia. After the procedure, most patients experience some soreness and swelling but can return to normal activities in about a week and exercise within two weeks. A compression garment is worn for two to three weeks post-procedure to help reduce swelling and facilitate healing.
Gynecomastia Surgery Results
The removal of excess breast tissue can help create a more masculine chest with a more sculpted appearance. While weight gain can cause a recurrence of the enlargement, in most cases surgical results are permanent when a healthy weight is maintained.
Am I a Candidate for Male Breast Reduction?
Male breast reduction is safe for most people who experience gynecomastia. Unless breast growth is severe, this procedure is not typically used for adolescents. You should be in good health and at a healthy weight before undergoing this surgery. Weight gain, steroid use, and medication that contains testosterone can cause gynecomastia to recur.
Up to 50 percent of men experience gynecomastia at some point, and it’s typically not a serious health concern. However, if you’re bothered by the appearance of ‘man boobs’ or large breast tissue and avoid activities where your bare chest is shown, consult with Dr. Franckle, an experienced plastic surgeon who can determine whether you are a candidate for male breast reduction.