Gynecomastia surgery, more commonly called “male breast reduction,” is a surgical procedure that eliminates enlarged breast tissue in males. This condition is known as gynecomastia and is characterised by localised fat deposits in the chest, excess glandular tissue, and excess breast skin. Gynecomastia surgery permanently eliminates gynecomastia and creates a more attractive chest contour so that men can feel more confident in their bodies.
Gynecomastia can lower a man’s self-confidence. Gynecomastia surgery improves the appearance of the chest to boost confidence and improve self-image.
Many men with gynecomastia hide their chests under baggy clothing. Improving the appearance of the chest may help you to feel more comfortable wearing a fitted shirt or no shirt at all.
Improved Comfort During Physical Activity
Physical activity may feel uncomfortable or even painful for men with gynecomastia. Removing excess breast tissue helps men to be more mobile and improves comfort levels during physical exertion.
Excess breast skin can create uncomfortable skin folds that may lead to rashes or irritation. Male breast reduction eliminates these skin folds and can improve hygiene in this area.
Ideal candidates for male breast reduction will meet the following criteria:
- Overall good health
- Realistic expectations about the results
- A healthy body weight
- Lack of success in eliminating gynecomastia with diet and exercise
- No steroid abuse
- No likely known, manageable cause for gynecomastia such as a certain medication, hormonal imbalance, or steroid abuse
- Non-smoking or willing to quit for a period of time before and after the procedure
Male Breast Reduction Procedure
Gynecomastia surgery is performed on an outpatient basis with the patient under general anaesthesia. Mr Gwanmesia will make minor incisions in the creases beneath the breasts and perform liposuction to remove excess fat. If necessary, he will also remove glandular tissue and excess breast skin to create a more desirable chest contour. Any scarring will be minimal and inconspicuous, as the surgical incisions are typically hidden along the edges of the areolas.
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Gynecomastia Surgery (Male Breast Reduction) FAQ
Gynecomastia can be caused by hormonal imbalances, steroid abuse, being overweight, or certain medical conditions, or it may even be a side effect of certain medications.
For some males, gynecomastia can resolve on its own with a healthy diet and exercise regimen. Gynecomastia that commonly occurs during adolescence will typically resolve on its own by adulthood. It is important to discuss your situation with a medical professional to determine the potential causes of your gynecomastia before deciding to undergo surgery. Surgery is typically the best solution for men who are bothered by their gynecomastia and who have ruled out other potential causes of their enlarged breasts.
Most men are able to resume normal work and activities approximately one week after their procedure. Minor discomfort, bruising, and swelling may be present for the first few weeks of recovery. To ensure that your body heals properly, avoid exercise for a full month after your surgery. In addition, I will also provide you with a chest garment which you will need to wear for up to six weeks.
Male breast reduction surgery permanently eliminates any existing gynecomastia. However, if you use steroids, take certain medications, or have a pre-existing medical condition causing your gynecomastia that was not addressed, these may interfere with your results. For this reason, all individuals should rule out all potential causes of gynecomastia before undergoing surgery, as this will lead to the most successful long-term results. It is also important to remember that because future weight gain can contribute to the appearance of gynecomastia, body weight should be carefully maintained.