Gynecomastia surgery, also known as male breast reduction, is administered to reduce enlarged breasts in men. It can also remove excess skin and improve the appearance of the nipple. Men can develop enlarged breasts at any age. Common causes for the condition include obesity, certain medications, hormonal fluctuations, and heredity.
During the procedure, a small cannula will be inserted into the opening sites to remove excess tissue and fat. This procedure removes more glandular tissue and skin than liposuction. The openings are typically made along the natural crease of the chest or the areola. It is usually administered as an outpatient procedure, and individuals will be given local anesthesia or general anesthesia.
After the procedure, you will probably be asked to wear a compression garment to help minimize swelling. Many men are ready to return to work a few days after the procedure.
Who is a Candidate?
The recovery process is usually minimal, which makes it an ideal procedure for many men. There are certain factors that can determine if an individual is a good candidate for a male breast reduction.
Are you in good overall health? It is important to discuss all health conditions with your doctor before the procedure. If an individual has certain medical conditions, the surgery may not be the best option.
Are you at an ideal, healthy weight? The best candidates for the procedure will be at a stable and healthy weight. This is because weight fluctuations can cause a recurrence of the condition.
What are your goals and expectations? Ideal candidates for a male breast reduction will have realistic expectations and a positive outlook about the procedure. It is important to discuss all of your goals and concerns with your doctor before the surgery is performed.
Are you taking any medications? There are certain medications that can cause gynecomastia to develop. Be sure to tell your doctor about any heart, anti-anxiety, or prostate medications you are taking. It is also important not to take anti-inflammatory medication a few weeks before the procedure.
Get In Touch with Us for Further Information
If you want to learn more about a male breast reduction, feel free to reach out and make an appointment with Southwest Michigan Plastic and Hand Surgery! At our convenient locations in Portage and Battle Creek, MI, our caring and dedicated team of professionals will be pleased to explain this procedure in greater detail and answer any questions you may have. Contact us today to set up your consultation – we look forward to speaking with you!