Many men are affected by enlarged breasts during their lives. For some, this is a temporary condition that goes away after puberty. For others, you may be left with large breasts in your adult life. The medical term for enlarged male breasts is gynecomastia. It can affect up to 60% of the population, and it is primarily a cosmetic issue. Thankfully, if you feel self-conscious about the size of your breasts, you can undergo a male breast reduction at El Paso Cosmetic Surgery.
What is Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is a hormonal condition that increases breast tissue in boys and men. It typically occurs when there’s an imbalance between estrogen and testosterone – the two main sex hormones. Men will naturally have higher testosterone levels than women, which is one reason women have breasts. However, men/boys with gynecomastia will have lower testosterone levels and higher estrogen levels. As a result, breast tissue starts to grow on one or both of the breasts.
Male Breast Reduction – AKA Gynecomastia Surgery
In most cases, gynecomastia will sort itself out. It usually occurs during puberty, and most boys will see a reduction in any enlarged breast tissue as their testosterone levels increase. But, if you have had large breasts for a several years after puberty – and see no improvements – you can opt for male breast reduction surgery.
In essence, it works similarly to a female breast reduction. Incisions are made around the breast area, and either Dr. Sozer or Dr. Phillips will remove excess fat and glandular tissue. This technique commonly uses liposuction to remove the additional tissue. The incisions are then sutured and covered with dressings.
Benefits of Gynecomastia Surgery
The clear benefit of this surgery is that you can feel more self-confident. As a man, you feel incredibly embarrassed about your body if you have enlarged breasts. It can be hard to wear certain clothes as you feel like your breasts are poking out. You may miss out on doing fun things – like going to the beach – because you’re worried about how you look.
With gynecomastia surgery, you can banish all of these negative thoughts. The process will leave you with a flatter and more manly chest. It instantly boosts your confidence, allowing you to live a happier and more fulfilling life.
Am I a Candidate for a Male Breast Reduction?
As beneficial as this surgery will be, it’s important to know if it’s right for you. If you have had this issue for a few years – and it shows no signs of improving – you will be a good candidate. It’s also important that you are healthy and not extremely overweight. If the problem is new, it might be worth letting time run its course to see if your enlarged breasts gradually sort themselves out.
As noted earlier, this condition affects up to 60% of men at some point in their lives. There’s every chance you have a slight hormone imbalance that will even itself out and reduce your breast size. If this doesn’t happen, you can get gynecomastia surgery to remove excess breast tissue!
Take the Next Step
Interested in learning more about male breast reduction? Schedule a consultation at El Paso Cosmetic Surgery in El Paso, TX today! (915) 221-2996.