Gynecomastia is a common condition in men and boys, in which a male has a greater volume of breast tissue than what is considered normal. This can lead to the formation of small breasts, a problem that can cause embarrassment, anxiety, and a loss of self-esteem.
Men with gynecomastia often find that they avoid wearing tight shirts or going topless as they feel that their chest is too pronounced. Understandably, it can also have an effect on personal relationships too.
Breast reduction surgery for gynecomastia is now more common than ever before as men who have been diagnosed with this condition make the decision to have male breast reduction surgery.
At the Weston Center for Plastic Surgery in Fort Lauderdale, our highly experienced and board-certified plastic surgeon offers male breast reduction surgery, so you can regain happiness and confidence with your body.
Why are some men affected by gynecomastia?
Exactly why some men develop excess breast tissue and others do not can only be speculated. However, there are some factors that are believed to contribute to the development of gynecomastia. These include:
We all have both male and female hormones, although their quantities vary depending on our biological sex. During puberty, all hormone levels fluctuate rapidly, including estrogen and progesterone, both of which stimulate breast growth.
While most boys will find that their hormones regulate naturally, those that do not may find that they enter a period of unusual breast growth. Often this adjusts by the end of puberty, but in some cases, the adolescent will go on to retain excessive breast tissue.
Hormones can also play a role later in our lives. This is because as we get older, our natural testosterone production slows. We also tend to gain weight, a problem which is linked to an increase in the amount of estrogen in our body, a hormone responsible for breast growth.
Most medications have side effects. Some prescription medications have been known to cause excess breast tissue to develop, including drugs used to treat stomach ulcers, heartburn, heart problems, and high blood pressure. If your gynecomastia is caused by a medication that you are taking, it may be worth speaking to your doctor to see if there is an alternative available that does not trigger breast tissue development.
What is involved in a gynecomastia breast reduction?
This short, simple procedure is performed under general anesthetic so you will not be awake nor in any pain during the surgery. Once you are asleep, an incision is made around the areola which is then detached so that the fatty breast tissue can be removed via liposuction. If there is a significant amount of breast tissue to be removed, further incisions in other parts of the chest may be necessary.
Once all of the excess breast tissue has been removed, the incisions will be closed using sutures, the nipple replaced (and placed higher if necessary) and then the wound will be appropriately dressed.
Some discomfort in the days after your procedure is to be expected, but you will be provided with pain medication to help you manage your pain. Your chest will be swollen, and bruising is normal, both of which can last for up to six weeks post-surgery. Dr. Eberle will give you specific instructions for caring for your chest after your surgery. These should be strictly adhered to if you are to make a swift recovery and achieve the best possible result from your surgery.
Are you tired of living with the negative effects of male breasts? Male breast reduction surgery can transform the appearance of your chest and give you the masculine appearance that you desire. Call the Weston Center for Plastic Surgery today at 954-960-3050 and book your consultation.