Gynecomastia has become an increasing and all-too-common problem among today’s men and male teens. The condition results from an imbalance in hormones, leading to too much estrogen and the eventual formation of excess breast tissue. While many men are embarrassed by this condition, it is nothing to be ashamed of: gynecomastia affects 40 to 60 percent of the male population. It can be caused by many typical lifestyle factors, conditions, and more. A recent trend has shown that grooms are now opting to treat their gynecomastia symptoms before they meet their brides at the altar. Would you consider breast reduction before your big day?
What Is Male Breast Reduction?
A male breast reduction is a surgery designed to reduce the amount of breast tissue and fat present in a man’s chest. It is often performed in much the same way as a traditional breast reduction (for women), but it’s best to discuss the specifics of your breast reduction procedure with your plastic surgeon during a one-on-one consultation.
Breast reduction surgery begins with an incision, typically shaped like an anchor extending down from the nipple and out to the sides along the crease just beneath the breast. Depending on your male breasts, this incision may look slightly different. Next, the surgeon will work to remove any excess glandular tissue, as well as fat and skin as needed, before relocating the nipple and areola. The chest will be reshaped, the skin sutured closed, and your surgery will be over.
How Does Breast Reduction Help Grooms?
A groom-to-be is an often overlooked member of the wedding party. With all the focus on the bride’s dress, hair and makeup, as well as the reception and ceremony details, there’s not much room left in the budget for the groom to use. Still, the bride and groom will be sharing equal space in those wedding photos you’ll treasure for years to come. If your groom (or you as the groom) is unhappy with his appearance, especially the unwanted formation of male breasts, it’s time to let him take care of himself too.
Male breast reduction can offer a solution to the discomfort, emotional strain, unhappiness, and lack of self-confidence that male breasts can bring. A groom that has had a successful breast reduction surgery has a better chance of enjoying posed pictures and candid shots at your reception right along with his bride. Self-confidence can be improved, a healthier level of self-esteem can be achieved, and he’ll likely get a better fit in his wedding day tuxedo.
How Long Before the Wedding Should I Have Surgery?
In order for your surgery to be effective and for you to be fully healed, you will need to schedule your male breast reduction earlier enough before your wedding day. Typically, recovery from a breast reduction can last for a month, although some swelling and sensitivity can last a little longer. Talk with your plastic surgery about what will be involved with your own recovery and how long you should give yourself to heal. Make your breast reduction an important part of your wedding planning schedule to reap its incredible benefits when the big day finally arrives.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Male Breast Reduction?
If you are experiencing the physical symptoms of male breasts, you could be considered a good candidate for male breast reduction. Breast tissue and fat can work together to form male breasts in gynecomastia patients. These symptoms can be treated with male breast reduction.
To be considered a good candidate for a male breast reduction procedure, you should be in good overall health, not smoke, and have realistic expectations for your procedure. Adult males and teens who have nearly completed puberty are typically accepted for surgery, but you should consult one-on-one with your plastic surgeon to discover your personal eligibility.
Where Can I Learn More About Male Breast Reduction Surgery?
Discover how a male breast reduction can help you achieve your desired results byconsulting with a board certified plastic surgeon to get the information you need. Contact the office of Dr. Douglas S. Steinbrech, a fully trained plastic surgeon who is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons, to book your consultation today. He will be happy to walk you through what you should expect from a body lift procedure or any other surgery that might address your areas of concern. A specialist in Minimally Invasive Aesthetics, he incorporates this philosophy into all of his surgical and nonsurgical procedures, while aiming to get you the best results possible. Dr. Steinbrech has been selected by the Consumers’ Research Council of America as one of America’s Top Plastic Surgeons. Contact his office, located at 60 East 56th Street, Suite 3A, in New York City, by calling (212) 750-0070.