Abnormal breast tissue growth in men is a condition that many people experience that can result in diminished self-confidence and self-esteem. If you’re upset or unhappy with the shape or size of your chest, male breast reduction may be the right path forward to feel better about the way you look.
Some men develop excessive breast tissue. Gynecomastia is the medical term for this condition. Many men don’t see the condition as anything other than having excess weight that’s distributed to their chest as well as areas like the abdomen and thighs.
Gynecomastia is not completely understood, but certain drugs increase the chances of developing it. Hormonal fluctuations can also influence it because of normal aging fluctuation. Weight gain is another common risk factor for gynecomastia, where the body stores excess fat in the chest area. Whatever the cause, if the condition is long-lasting, it may not be able to go away on its own.
The procedure uses liposuction and breast tissue removal to make a man’s chest look more masculine. Depending on the type of gynecomastia you’re experiencing, liposuction alone may be used, although for more significant tissue growth, surgical removal of glandular tissue and excess skin may be required.
Whether your specific male breast reduction procedure is permanent depends on the cause of gynecomastia. Breasts enlarged because of weight gain have too much glandular tissue. Recurrence is unlikely after your doctor removes the excess tissue, assuming you do not gain more weight following the procedure.
If drug use was the cause, the breasts may enlarge again if the patient continues to use drugs. Keep an appropriate weight, avoid drinking and using drugs, and stop using steroids to ensure your male breast reduction surgery is long-lasting.
Not usually. Liposuction involves very short incisions. Glandular tissue incisions are longer, but you can manage it with prescription medication initially and nonprescription medication later. As with other cosmetic or elective procedures, the more extensive the surgery, usually the longer recovery takes. Our board-certified plastic surgeons ensure minimal discomfort and downtime with highly meticulous techniques that do not disrupt large areas of tissue.
Stop taking medications your doctor tells you to prior to the procedure. Smokers should stop smoking three weeks before and after their surgery because it narrows blood vessels, making healing more difficult.
You’ll need to take at least a week off from work if your job involves heavy lifting. Office workers can typically return to light duties a week after your procedure.
Gynecomastia surgery leaves little scarring, which will improve over time. Longer, more visible scarring is expected if a glandular mass and excess skin are removed in addition to liposuction.
Nearly anyone who is in good overall health who has an issue with the size or shape of their chest can be a good candidate for gynecomastia surgery. It’s important to keep your expectations from the procedure realistic to be an ideal candidate for this or any other cosmetic procedure.
Although they are very unlikely, risks of male breast reduction surgery include:
- A bleeding wound
- Nipple or breast sensation changes
- Accumulation of fluid
- Unfavorable scarring
If you’re a good candidate for the procedure and dislike how your chest has grown excess tissue, it’s likely that this treatment is right for you. If you think you have true gynecomastia, contact plastic surgeons Dr. Ali or Dr. Tamir Mosharrafa at Mosharrafa Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation. Get the conversation started by calling our Phoenix, AZ office or contact us online today.
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