All About Male Breast Reduction Surgery
Posted August 23, 2017 in Gynecomastia
Self-image is closely tied to one’s physical appearance. If you see your appearance as “lacking” or unsatisfactory, it can lead to poor self-image. Men who develop excess glandular breast tissue—a condition called gynecomastia—often struggle with self-confidence and feeling comfortable in their bodies. Gynecomastia is a far more common condition than people realize; it is so common, in fact, that male breast reduction surgery has become one of the top five plastic surgery procedures for men.* Male breast reduction is a plastic surgery procedure that can resolve gynecomastia and improve the contour of the male chest.
The Surgery Experience
Gynecomastia can be treated with a surgical procedure known as male breast reduction surgery. The surgeon makes a small incision along the edge of the areolas (the dark circles surrounding the nipples) and excises the surplus breast tissue. In cases of severe gynecomastia, the surgeon also removes excess skin to flatten the chest contour. Men who have gynecomastia typically have excess fat as well as glandular tissue, so the surgeon may also perform liposuction to remove unwanted fat.
After surgery, there is a short recovery of a few days before men can return to their typical work and social activities. There may be some temporary swelling and soreness as the chest heals. Compression garments may be provided to reduce swelling. The discreet placement of the incisions on the areola borders makes any scarring blend easily with the darker areola skin. The results of the procedure are permanent, provided there is no unresolved or underlying condition causing gynecomastia.
The Benefits of Male Breast Reduction Surgery
Male breast reduction surgery can permanently resolve gynecomastia and improve the contour of the chest. By removing the excess breast tissue and fat that cause male breasts to appear raised, flabby, and puffy, this surgery restores a flatter, more natural, and more masculine shape to the chest. Patient satisfaction is usually high as men begin to feel more comfortable with their bodies. Men who previously felt unable or unwilling to bare their chests in social settings typically feel a greater sense of freedom to remove their shirts at the beach, pool, or other social or intimate settings. The results of male breast reduction surgery can help men feel greater self-confidence and develop a more favorable self-image.
Gynecomastia is a condition that affects many thousands of men worldwide. If you have overdeveloped breast tissue, schedule your consultation with Dr. Boyd to discuss treatment. Call 310.597.4734 or contact us online to book your appointment now.
*Statistic provided by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.