If you are a man with overly developed breasts, you may feel uncomfortable around others while swimming, in the shower in the locker room or in intimate situations with your shirt off. Having breast reduction surgery will help your chest look normal and help you to feel more confident as well.
Women with large breasts are not the only people who sometimes feel the need for breast reduction surgery. Men also request this surgery if they feel self-conscious about their appearance and if their breasts are larger than average male breasts. Gynecomastia is a condition wherein a male has grown breasts that look like female breasts. There are several causes of gynecomastia. Certain medications, like Risperdol, cause males to grow female-shaped breasts. Other causes of male breast growth are heredity factors and being overweight. In many cases, however, there is no known cause for gynecomastia. It is actually a fairly common problem.
Gynocomastia is characterized by:
- Excess fat in the breast area
- Excess glandular tissue growth
- Excess breast skin
- Only one larger breast larger than the other
What is Male Breast Reduction?
The plastic surgery procedure to reduce male breast size is medically called reduction mammaplasty. Male breast reduction removes fat and possibly some glandular tissue from the breast area. In the case of more extreme breast development, skin may also have to be removed from the breast area. The result of this surgery is a chest that is firmer, flatter and more masculine looking.
What Will Happen Before Male Breast Reduction Surgery?
Make an appointment with Dr. Steinbrech at his New York office before your breast reduction surgery. He will look at your chest and help you decide how to proceed with the surgery, and just what needs to be done. In most cases, the weight of the breast tissue has been causing the breasts to sag. The areola is stretched as well. If this is the case, the areola will need to be moved to a more aesthetically pleasing place on your chest and remove the excess skin to make your chest look firmer. Lab tests are required prior to surgery to make sure you are healthy enough to have the male breast reduction procedure done at his New York clinic. Dr. Steinbrech can tell you what will happen during the surgery and what you will need to do to take care of yourself after the surgery. Following his instructions to the letter will ensure you have the best results possible.
Reduction Mammoplasty Surgery
Dr. Steinbrech’s New York office staff will tell you specifically what you need to do to prepare for the surgery ahead. Follow their instructions about diet and medications explicitly so your procedure can be done when scheduled. Once you are prepped for surgery, you will be given anesthesia. You may be given IV anesthesia or general anesthesia depending on the exact procedure you will be having. If your large breasts are due to excess fatty tissue liposuction alone will be performed.
If you have glandular breast tissue that needs to be removed, excess skin will need to be removed as well. Excision is also necessary if the procedure includes moving the areola to a more natural place on the male chest. Dr. Steinbrech will discuss with you where the stitches and scars will be before the surgery occurs. Sometimes a combination of liposuction and excision is used to reduce the size of the male breast involved, depending on the patient’s needs.
After Male Breast Reduction Surgery
After your surgery, dressings and elastic bandages will be placed on the surgical sites and to support your breast tissue as it heals. You may also have a drain tube to keep fluid from collecting in the surgical site. You will need to have a responsible person with you to help you follow the doctor’s instructions and take you home after surgery. You will also be given medication to reduce pain and prevent infection.
Individual recover time varies. Dr. Steinbrech and his New York clinic staff will answer your questions about when the bandages and stitches are removed, how to care for the incisions and when you can get back to your normal activities safely.
Risks of Gynecomastia Surgery
Complications from male breast reduction surgery are rare, especially if you follow your doctor’s instructions. Some of the complications that can arise from this surgery are:
- Allergic reactions
- Anesthesia complications
- Blood clots
- Uneven breasts
- Numbness in the nipple area
- Fat necrosis
- Poor wound healing
- Wide scarring
- Infection of the surgical site
Dr. Steinbrech will discuss both the risks and benefits of male breast reduction surgery with you before you have the surgery.
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