The development of breasts in boys or men is called gynecomastia. It is a condition caused due to some imbalance in hormones such as testosterone and estrogen. More often than not, the condition can also be caused by obesity, a condition that can increase the level of estrogen in males and cause their breast tissue to grow.
Sometimes, new born babies also develop gynecomastia because estrogen pass from the mother to the baby through the placenta. However, this is a temporary condition in new born baby boys and usually disappears after a few weeks of birth. Puberty in boys can also cause an imbalance in testosterone and generates enlarged breast tissue.
Older men encounter gynecomastia at higher rates because they produce less testosterone and more body fat as they age. No matter what age you are, having enlarged male breasts can be an embarrassing condition that can make you feel insecure and decrease your confidence.
The Male Breast Reduction Treatment
Most men commit to losing weight in order to reduce the excess fat that develops on the chest, but there are some cases where losing weight alone won’t be enough. Cases like these require surgical procedures because they have excess glandular tissue that needs to be removed. Breast reduction surgery is one option available to men for addressing gynecomastia.
A male breast reduction is a surgical procedure that can be performed by an experienced plastic surgeon to help reduce the size of a man’s breasts for a more masculine look. A number of techniques are used and the one used depends on the size of the breasts, the amount of skin present, and many other factors.
The procedure is often combined with liposuction to improve the contours of the surrounding chest walls. Your surgeon may also utilize power assisted liposuction and ultrasound assisted liposuction. In severe cases, your surgeon may remove excess skin with a breast list.
Your surgeon will begin my making a small incision on the chest. The incision may be made within the armpit or along the edge of the areola. Your surgeon will then remove excess fat and glandular tissue through the incision . The result will be a sculpted new chest shape that looks natural and symmetrical to the rest of the body.
A typical recovery time for this procedure is two to three weeks. During this time, patients use a compression garment to reduce swelling and aid the healing tissues. You will, however, need to take it easy and avoid vigorous exercises during your recovery time. For the best results and faster recovery times, you will need to follow your surgeon’s post-surgical instructions.
After the procedure, you can expect to feel some amount of soreness and swelling. This is a natural part of the process and will subside in time. If the discomfort is too much for you, however, your doctor will prescribe a medication to help ease it away.
Once you have healed completely, you will notice that your chest will look more masculine and well-contoured. You feel more secure in your appearance and more confident when taking off your shirt in public or at social gatherings.
Contact Our Office
The best way to improve the contours of your chest to achieve a more masculine look is through a male breast reduction procedure. By contacting our office, you can set up a consultation with with Dr. Jeffrey Wagner, a highly skilled board-certified plastic surgeon that you can count on.