Summer is just around the corner and this time of year can make any body-conscious patient a tad more self-conscious – especially if you happen to be a male with breasts. Rather than enjoying a spontaneous beach trip or accepting an invitation to an upcoming pool party, some men would rather spend their summer covered up and indoors instead of spending time shirtless, outside, and in a public environment. Male breast reduction has been a highly sought after procedure over the past decade, and for good reason if you ask some of the nearly 28,000 men who underwent this procedure in 2015. More and more men are exploring cosmetic plastic surgery procedures than ever before and we wanted to share some of the most frequently asked male breast reduction questions to dispel any myths and shed some light on a potentially life-changing procedure for men of all ages.
Why do some men have large breasts and other don’t?
Some men have a condition called gynecomastia (Greek term that translates to “woman-like breast”) and directly contributes to increased breast glands/overly large breasts. Gynecomastia can affect one breast, or both, and can happen to men of all ages, body types, and weights. We’re not really sure what causes gynecomastia but we do know that it can vary from patient to patient and may be related to a number of triggers like genetics, disease, hormonal imbalances, or excess weight.
Can’t I just work out to minimize my male breasts?
In short – no, you can’t (though exercise is important to maintaining your physique and overall health in general, it won’t help minimize large male breasts). It’s the underlying combination of excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin that accumulate to form the male breasts (or moobs as they seem to be nicknamed these days), which is the main cause for concern. Even with the most arduous of routine workouts and combination of proper eating, the appearance of the gynecomastia can’t be addressed without cosmetic surgery help.
What should I look for in a plastic surgeon?
First and foremost, the most important start is to take a close look at the plastic surgeon’s credentials. I can’t tell patients enough how crucial it is that they seek the help of a surgeon that is board-certified by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, has a good bit of experience in the procedure you’re interested in, and makes you feel confident in their abilities to help attain desired results. Patients are often concerned with the price tag of a procedure and will jump at the lowest bid to save a few dollars. While there is nothing wrong with shopping around for different surgeons, risking your health and safety by not choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon isn’t a recommendation you’ll ever hear from our team.
Is there a long recovery for male breast reduction?
Male breast reduction surgery is minimally invasive and very reliable. It involves using liposuction techniques to remove excess fat (and in most, non-liposuction cases excision of glandular breast tissue) to reshape the natural contour of the male breast wall and create a smoother, more flattened chest appearance. This type of procedure typically lasts a little more than an hour and downtime is not that bad, as most of my patient report. Everyone’s body heals differently, but generally speaking, male breast reduction patients are able to get back to work in just a few short days.
Why should a person have to constantly feel embarrassed by their body to the point they aren’t able to enjoy some of the great things that come with each passing season? If you are a male who is suffering from gynecomastia or is unhappy with the look of their chest, male breast reduction surgery could be the solution for you. Don’t hesitate to contact Southern Plastic Surgery to set up a complimentary consultation to learn more about male breast reduction options and how I, Dr. David Whiteman, may be able to help you.