Is Male Breast Reduction Surgery Right for Me?
Many men feel increasing pressure to have a physique that leans toward the leaned and masculine toned. Increased breast tissue can result in feeling quite dissatisfied about your appearance in the mirror. Shirts may not fit comfortably, and you may feel self-conscious about going to the pool or the beach.
Gynecomastia, also known as enlarged male breasts, is quite commonly seen. Whether as the result of a health condition, a hormonal concern or due to medications that were taken, men may experience increased fat and glandular tissue in their breasts.
Male breast reduction surgery can help to restore a firmer and more masculine contour.
What causes gynaecomastia?
There are a number of conditions that can be responsible for an increase in male breast tissue. There are some medications that can be responsible for this increase in male breast tissue, including anabolic steroids and estrogen-containing medications. Some medical concerns may also be to blame, including impaired liver function and some forms of cancer. Unfortunately, some men may never find out what is responsible for their increase in breast tissue.
What does the surgery entail?
The surgery is typically done on an outpatient basis, and takes about two hours on average. Excess glandular tissue will be excised and lipoplasty may be used to remove excess fatty tissue. Scarring should be minimal. When you consult with your gyno surgeon, he or she will let you know about the various methods that can be used to minimize the appearance of scars.
Am I a good candidate for this surgery?
According to top plastic surgeon specialized in gyno surgery, Dr. Anh, the ideal candidate for male breast reduction surgery is the patient who is in good overall health. If an underlying medical condition was responsible for your gynaecomastia, it’s important that you receive a medical clearance from your primary doctor.
Patients should be at a steady weight and should be non-smokers. This will help to ensure that you get the best in results from your surgery.
What is the recovery process like?
Some bruising and swelling should be expected after the procedure. There may be some numbness around the area of the chest where the excess tissue was removed, but it should return within a year. Patients will be urged to avoid strenuous activities for up to six weeks, and will need to wear pressure garments for several weeks after their surgery.
After eight weeks, patients will be able to resume normal activities and return to their active lifestyle. Complications are rare, but may include bleeding or infection. Following the post-operative directions provided by your surgeon will go a long way toward avoiding the potential for any complications.
Will my gynaecomastia return?
Unless your gynaecomastia was as the result of an ongoing medical condition, the results of your gynaecomastia surgery should be considered to be permanent. Weight gain may cause some return of excess tissue in the chest, so it’s advisable to maintain a healthy diet and exercise routine. Patients are also advised to avoid the use of anabolic steroids.
Gynaecomastia itself won’t cause any adverse health effects, but it can definitely take a toll on the confidence levels of a man looking to restore a masculine contour. Surgery can restore the smooth contour of your chest and also restore those confidence levels.
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