Gynecomastia, characterized by enlarged breasts in boys or men, is a condition caused by an imbalance of the estrogen and testosterone, naturally occurring hormones. Gynecomastia surgery, also known as male breast reduction, is a more common plastic surgery procedure than you may think. When correctly performed by a well-trained surgeon, male breast reduction is an extremely rewarding plastic surgery procedure as it provides the patient with renewed confidence that goes along with an improved self-image.
Gynecomastia Causes and Treatment
Men of any age can experience gynecomastia, which is often due to a decrease in testosterone. It may also be the result of a combination of other factors including genetic predisposition to excess breast tissue, excess weight, medications, and certain health conditions like hyperthyroidism. Hormonal changes including a decrease in testosterone are a normal part of the aging process and can cause Gynecomastia to present in middle age.
Because Gynecomastia is caused not from storage of fat, but from excess breast tissue, some men find that even after losing weight and becoming fit, they are still experiencing Gynecomastia.
Performance of Male Breast Reduction
Male breast reduction surgeries are generally performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. Depending on the type and quantity of excess tissue, liposuction procedure or surgical incision will be performed.
Liposuction surgery removes unwanted localized deposits of fat cells from the body by inserting a straw-like cannula through an incision, which is tiny and should leave no scarring, to remove excess fat cells. Traditional surgical incision is performed when Gynecomastia is the result of a glandular disorder and performance of liposuction alone will not produce the desired results.
Your doctor will determine the most effective procedure for you during your consultation. Following male breast reduction surgery, patients experience renewed self-confidence. Male breast reduction is one of the most common and gratifying plastic surgery procedures performed by plastic surgeons. This procedure can restore a man’s sense of physical well-being. If you believe you may be a candidate for this surgery, you should speak to your doctor.
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