Men with gynecomastia often hide their condition because they are too embarrassed or ashamed to discuss it. Because of this fear, they are often unaware that gynecomastia is a common condition that can be easily treated.
What Is Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is the medical term for enlarged male breast tissue that gives the breasts a feminine appearance. The condition usually involves both breasts but can affect only one breast.
Men generally have higher levels of testosterone (male hormone) than estrogen (female hormone). Gynecomastia typically occurs when there is an imbalance between these hormones. The excess estrogen stimulates the growth of the breast tissue causing the breast to grow larger than normal. The condition may go away on its own, but it can persist into adulthood. Older men may also develop gynecomastia.
Gynecomastia may also occur due to other factors, including certain medications and herbal products or an underlying medical condition like cirrhosis, or kidney failure.
Male Breast Reduction Surgery
Gynecomastia can be effectively treated with male breast reduction surgery or gynecomastia surgery. The procedure is done on an outpatient basis and involves the removal of excess breast tissue.
Male breast reduction surgery can be performed using different techniques. The incisions for surgery are made around the breast so scars are inconspicuous.
Liposuction may be combined with gynecomastia surgery if there is also a lot of fatty tissue in the breast.
What To Expect After Surgery
Recovery after male breast reduction surgery varies depending on the technique used. However, most candidates can resume light activities about 1-3 weeks after surgery.
Am I a Good Candidate for Gynecomastia Surgery?
If you have large breasts that make you feel uncomfortable or self-conscious, you may be a good candidate for gynecomastia surgery. Ideal candidates should be at or near their goal weight, in good health, and have realistic expectations about the procedure. Men who are overweight should lose the extra weight before undergoing surgery.
Benefits of Male Breast Reduction Surgery
Boosts Confidence and Self Esteem
Most cases of gynecomastia don’t cause long-term complications, but men with the condition often suffer psychologically and experience low self-esteem. After undergoing male breast reduction surgery, they tend to experience a boost in confidence and self-esteem, and improved quality of life.
Creates More Masculine Chest Contours
While it’s normal for women to have extra breast tissue, men are expected to have a sculpted, more masculine chest. Male breast reduction surgery removes the excess fatty tissue from the breast to give the chest a flatter, more masculine look.
Many men with gynecomastia often slump their shoulders to hide their condition. This habit can lead to poor posture over time. After gynecomastia surgery, they are no longer bothered by body insecurities, so they stand straight and tall, and their posture improves
Do you have stubborn fat in the chest area that does not improve with diet and exercise? You may have gynecomastia, so don’t hesitate to seek treatment.
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