We think of breast reduction surgery as something that women undergo. Men with gynecomastia may also consider breast reduction surgery to get their bodies looking the way that they want them to. It can make a big difference in overall appearance and confidence for men struggling with enlarged breast tissue.
WHAT IS GYNECOMASTIA?
Gynecomastia is a condition that causes enlarging of a male’s breast tissue. It can have numerous causes that include:
- Using steroids
- Low testosterone levels
- Certain medications like opioids, anti-anxiety medications, and drugs to treat heartburn
- Increased levels of estrogen in the body
WHAT IS MALE BREAST REDUCTION SURGERY
When a male is struggling with enlarged breast tissue, they have the option of reduction surgery to help. Male breast reduction surgery works a bit differently from female breast reduction. There are two main options:
1. Liposuction: If the enlargement is mostly caused by excess fatty tissue, liposuction is a good option. In some cases, the doctor will use ultrasound to help them get the best results. Ultrasound can make fat removal much easier and more thorough.
2.Tissue Removal: When the enlarged breast tissue is glandular tissue and not fatty tissue, the doctor may simply remove all the tissue under the nipple to give the patient a more refined, smaller chest.
WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE?
There are some factors that can help determine whether this surgery is right for you. You may be eligible for this procedure if you:
- Are in good health
- Have skin that is firm and elastic to shrink back afterward
- Do not have other diseases such as impaired liver function
Your medical provider will go over your medical history, medications, and other relevant information to decide whether breast reduction surgery is right for you. If an underlying medical condition or disease is causing the gynecomastia, you will be referred to a specialist first.
While this surgery is less intense than a female breast reduction, it does carry some risks. Potential complications could include:
- Uneven breast tissue
- Blood clots
- Damage to underlying musculature and nerves
- Fluid buildup
- Fat necrosis
Working with a skilled medical provider and heeding their aftercare advice will cut down the chances of complications and promote faster healing.
Some things to know about recovery:
- It can take 1 to 2 weeks
- You will need to wear a compression garment while healing
- Bruising and swelling are normal
- Your final results may take 6 months to show
Your surgeon will give you detailed instructions on an individual basis.