Male Breast Reduction
Male breast reduction or gynecomastia reduction surgery is a treatment for gynecomastia and is the fifth most common plastic surgery procedure performed on men in the United States. This procedure is steadily gaining popularity due to public education about the condition and increasing receptiveness to treatment.
Men of any age do not want to have to hide their chests under clothing and limit their life activities due to enlarged breasts. This condition is more prevalent than most people realize as men who have this condition are embarrassed by it and generally keep their chests covered and out of the public eye. They tend to restrict their exposure at beaches, swimming pools, at the gym and even in relationships.
The primary cause of gynecomastia is largely hormonal. It usually starts to appear at puberty as hormone levels surge to new levels with the onset of physical maturity. Testosterone develops male characteristics while estrogen brings on female traits. Low testosterone or high estrogen levels in males can allow development of female-like breast tissue or gynecomastia.
Pseudogynecomastia is not true gynecomastia. This is a condition in which fatty tissue is responsible for the enlargement. This is seen in men who have had significant weight gain. Pseudogynecomastia can be reversed with weight loss if the skin has not been overly stretched.
What happens during Male Breast Reduction Surgery?
Step 1 - Anesthesia
Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedure.
Step 2 - Liposuction Fat Deposits & Remove Excess Tissue
An incision is made under the arm or on the edge of the areola. Excess glandular tissue and skin are removed and, if necessary, liposuction of the area will be performed to remove excess fat.
Step 3 - Close the Incision
The incisions are then closed and the chest will be bandaged.
Step 4 - See the Results
The results of a male breast reduction are immediately visible when bandages are removed. Over time, post-surgical swelling will resolve and incision lines will fade. In general, it typically takes six months for the chest to settle to its final size. Satisfaction with your new image should continue to grow as you recover and realize the fulfillment of your goals.
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