Male Breast Reduction

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Male Breast Reduction Overview

Male breast reduction is a surgical procedure to reduce excess fat and glandular tissue from overly developed male breasts. Studies show that approximately half of the male population suffers from gynecomastia, a condition that causes excess development of male breast tissue. For most men, gynecomastia cannot be alleviated with diet and exercise alone. For many men and boys who suffer from gynecomastia, male breast reduction offers a permanent solution for the humiliation and social alienation they may feel.

Having a good body image and feeling confident about your appearance can positively influence every aspect of your life. Imagine feeling self assured in your favorite clothes and never having to second guess yourself. Having a sense of pride in your body can also motivate you to eat a more healthy diet and to engage in an exercise program that will continue to enhance your physique.

When you use 1800mySurgeon, you are assured of making an informed decision because all of our Plastic Surgeons are prescreened and continually monitored. The qualified patient coordinators at 1800mySurgeon are prepared to help you find Plastic Surgeons in your area, who specialize in male breast reduction procedures, or we can provide a background check on any surgeon you choose.

Having Realistic Expectations for Male Breast Reduction Surgery

Having realistic expectations about how your body will change and how those changes will affect your life is important. Disappointment may happen, especially if you believe surgery will fix your life problems, save your marriage, personal relationships or cure depression. Having a male breast reduction surgery can reduce the look and size of your chest. Having a more masculine looking chest may boost your self-confidence, but it won’t change who you are or the way other people feel about you.

Questions to Ask Your Prospective Surgeon

Once you’ve made an appointment for a consultation, take the time to prepare a list of questions and concerns you want to address with your prospective surgeon. The consultation is your opportunity to assess the surgeon as much as it is their opportunity to determine your candidacy for the procedure. Take your time, be thorough and know that you are never required to commit to a procedure or a surgeon because you’ve had a consultation, even if the consultation is free.

Male breast reduction surgery should be specifically tailored to your needs and desired goals. There are many different reduction techniques that offer certain benefits with varying types of scars. You want to make sure that you choose a surgeon whose work you admire, and who listens closely to your desired goals. You will be able to see the outcome of some of their surgeries by looking at before-and-after pictures. Have the surgeon explain the benefits of the procedure they recommend and why they feel this is the best option for you.

If general anesthesia will be used, make sure to speak to the anesthesiologist before you schedule a surgery, and inform them of any allergies or reactions you have to any medications. Make sure to tell both your surgeon and the anesthesiologist if you have any pre-existing medical conditions.

This list of information may help you compile your questions and may encourage you to do some further research on the many different aspects of male breast reduction procedures:

  • Make sure you understand where the surgeon will make incisions and how the scars will look.
  • Will your surgery consists of tissue removal only or will excess skin need to be removed as well? Will there be additional scarring?
  • Will tissue removal include surgical excision or liposuction?<
  • Will the procedure be performed under general or local anesthesia?

If you’re consulting with a surgeon from 1800mySurgeon, you can rest assured that you will be meeting with a qualified Male Breast Reduction Surgeon. If you already have a surgeon in mind, our qualified patient coordinators can also perform a background check before you schedule your consultation. Most importantly, always trust your instincts during the consultation. The success of your surgical experience will be based on how you feel about the surgeon, the surgery, your recovery and your result.

Male Breast Reduction Surgery Recovery

You may experience mild and moderate discomfort from the surgery which can be alleviated with medication. You will feel tired and sore for the first 48 to 72 hours. Any swelling or bruising that will subside over the next few weeks.

You will be given a compression garment that will help your chest to heal well. You may need to wear this for up to four weeks.

You will need to avoid reaching or lifting of any kind for at least 5 days. If you work and your job is not strenuous (no reaching or heavy lifting), you should be able to return to work after one week. If your job requires physical activity, you should wait two weeks before resuming a full work load.

Full physical recovery may take up to six weeks. Your scars may take up to seven months to completely heal; during this healing process you should avoid direct exposure to the sun as this may cause permanent irregular pigmentation of your scars.

Male Breast Reduction Risks

Any surgical procedure carries certain risks and the possibility of complications, infection, and adverse reaction to the anesthesia.

During your consultation, you will want to ask your surgeon about the following risks from male breast reduction:

  • Is there a risk of significant blood loss?
  • What is the risk of infection at the incision site?
  • Is there any risk of losing sensation?
  • If the amount of tissue removed is not sufficient, what are your options for a second procedure?

It is important to remember that no surgeon can guarantee your satisfaction with male breast reduction surgery nor can they deny any risk factors. No matter how rarely risks occur, every surgery carries a certain amount of risk, and you have to decide for yourself if your potential desired result is worth the risk.

Long Term Results

Male breast reduction surgery tends to be permanent; however, such factors as weight gain, alcohol consumption, drug and steroid use can contribute to the chest area regaining excess fat. Taking good care of yourself and staying healthy will help preserve your results.

Choosing Your Surgeon

At 1800mySurgeon, we are here to help you make an informed decision. One of the most important aspects of a successful outcome for your surgery is to choose the right surgeon, therefore all of our Plastic Surgeons are prescreened and continually monitored. We can help you find Plastic Surgeons in your area, who specialize in male breast reduction surgery, or we can provide a background check on any surgeon you choose.