Gynecomastia, or the development of male breasts, can be a source of embarrassment for the men who suffer from it. Although rarely physically uncomfortable, gynecomastia can have serious emotional effects, especially in adolescence. In many cases, the breast growth resulting from excess fat and glandular deposits can’t be fixed with diet and exercise. Instead, male breast reduction offers a surgical solution to restore more defined musculature to your chest.
Contact us online today to learn more about your options for male breast reduction. The Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery of Central Texas helps men from Austin, Round Rock and throughout Texas. Count on our team to help you look rejuvenated through cosmetic surgery.
Benefits of Male Breast Reduction
The majority of gynecomastia cases result from unknown causes. The condition can occur in babies, during puberty or as the result of side effects from medication. Male breast growth is especially common in men who are overweight. Excess fat stores can cause the release of female hormones, triggering the growth and development of male breast tissue.
Obese men who appear to have breasts sometimes have “pseudo gynecomastia,” which is caused by excess fat cells without actual glandular growth. The development of true gynecomastia can occur even in slim, muscular men. It’s common for gynecomastia during adolescence to go away on its own. However, when this is not the case, male breast reduction can help.
Like female breasts, male breasts can be any shape and nearly any size, though truly large male breasts are rare except in combination with severe obesity. For men whose breast development is due to an excess of fatty tissue, targeted exercises may help. Men who have glandular breast tissue growth can only eliminate breast appearance through surgery.
Understanding the Procedure
During male breast reduction surgery, an incision is made around the areola through which the fat and breast tissue is removed. Although glandular tissue can only be removed surgically, liposuction may be included to address fat cells. Liposuction can also help fine-tune the transition from the breast area to the rest of the chest.
It’s common to include nipple reduction as part of male breast reduction. Protruding nipples can be physically uncomfortable as well as embarrassing, and are one of the hallmarks of true gynecomastia. Areolas can also be reduced during male breast reduction surgery.
Men may also include additional procedures along with their breast reduction. A tummy tuck in combination with breast reduction can help slim down the entire torso and waist area, while liposuction can help sculpt the waist and love handles. For men choosing male breast reduction following significant weight loss, an arm lift and body lift may be recommended to remove excess skin and tissue. Pectoral implants may be incorporated to further accentuate the lines of the chest.
Recovery and Results
Most men experience some initial discomfort like swelling and bruising right after their breast reduction. It’s common to feel tightness across the chest as well. These effects may be felt more by those men who needed a larger level of correction.
Following surgery, our surgeons ask patients to wear a special compression garment. This helps to reduce swelling and increase patient comfort during healing. As swelling continues to be reduced over the coming weeks, a more defined chest will be revealed. Most men can return to work in a week or two.
Male breast reduction from the Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery of Central Texas can help you feel confident again. The vast majority of men notice a new surge in their self-esteem and have an improved self-image following male breast reduction.