The male breast reduction was not something widely talked about until very recently. Yet, as more and more men step into plastic surgery offices around the country, this procedure is growing in demand and exposure. A condition called gynecomastia is often to blame. For those experiencing gynecomastia, just the knowledge that a procedure can help may serve as some relief.
What Is Gynecomastia?
Basically, gynecomastia is a condition where the male breast becomes enlarged with excess tissue. Gynecomastia is typically caused by hormone imbalances or the use of hormone therapies. Certain drugs and medical conditions have also been linked to gynecomastia. It is believed that 40 to 60 percent of men have gynecomastia to varying degrees. This condition is most common among newborn males, teens during puberty, and older men as the body’s hormones are changing. For some teen boys and men, the condition lingers and they are left with the appearance of female-like breasts.
Gynecomastia can cause serious problems with self-image and self-esteem. “Man boobs” or “moobs”, as they are often referred to, can prompt teasing from classmates or even other adult men at work, at the gym, or at home. They are not necessarily related to being overweight, although this can increase their prevalence; yet, gynecomastic chests are often a point of ridicule and seen as a sign that a man is girly, wimpy, or just out of shape. Gynecomastia’s huge psychological impact should not go unaddressed, especially since the condition can be treated and even reversed for some men.
What Can Male Breast Reduction Do to Help?
A basic breast reduction procedure can do much to alleviate the excess tissue in gynecomastia patients. This procedure will remove fat and/or glandular tissue from the breasts to create a more contoured and masculine chest. Extreme cases may also call for the removal of excess skin. Your plastic surgeon will work to give you a firmer, flatter chest that better suits your physique.
Recovery from your male breast reduction will require rest and the avoidance of certain strenuous activities. However, most patients experience only mild to moderate discomfort following surgery and will find that they can return to work and most other activities within a few days to a couple of weeks. Your surgeon will walk you through the entire recovery process step by step before your surgery so you can plan ahead and be prepared to take proper care of yourself. Doing so can speed up your recovery time and get you back to your daily routine much faster.
Who Can Be Treated?
Any man with enlarged breasts who is uncomfortable or concerned about his appearance should have a consultation to discuss the possibility of male breast reduction. Prior to undergoing surgery, it’s essential that any underlying conditions be diagnosed and first treated. A consultation with a licensed and trusted plastic surgeon is the best way to determine if you’re a good candidate for male breast reduction surgery.
Contact the office of Dr. Douglas S. Steinbrech today. Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Steinbrech is an expert on male breast reduction surgery designed to treat gynecomastia and can help you to achieve the results you want. He is a fully-trained plastic surgeon, specializing in minimally invasive aesthetics. He incorporates that philosophy into all of his techniques, both surgical and nonsurgical. Plan a consultation at his office, located at 60 East 56th Street, Suite 3A, in New York, New York, by calling (212) 750-0070.