Male Breast Reduction Surgeries

More and more men are seeking cosmetic plastic surgery to look as young as they feel. In fact, I’d say I see on average three male patients per day – some come because they are interested in nonsurgical facial procedures (like facial fillers) to make them more competitive in the business world, while others look to body contouring procedures to get the sculpted look of their youth. A good percentage of men I’ve seen recently have discovered a more permanent solution to treating gynecomastia (a condition that causes overly large male breasts): male breast reduction surgeries. Liposuction and male breast reduction procedures are generally the two options men have for eliminating excess breast tissue and skin, but today I wanted to focus on the male breast reduction side a bit by sharing some of the key points my patients discuss with me regarding their male breast reduction procedure.

To give you a brief history on gynecomastia, it’s a medical term originating from the Greek phrase meaning “woman-like breasts.” The direct causes can vary but typically stems from genetics, disease, or a hormonal imbalance of estrogen and testosterone which cause the breast glands to increase to an unusually large size. Some men can experience gynecomastia in one breast (often contributing to the breasts looking noticeably uneven) and for others, it can affect both breasts. It’s been reported by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) that 26,175 men underwent male breast reduction in the previous year; a 14% increase from the year before. There can be any number of reasons why this male plastic surgery procedure has gained popularity but the fact remains the same: in order to address oversized breasts, you’ll have to consider a permanent solution.

If you can answer yes to any of these questions, you may be considered a prime male breast reduction candidate:

  • Do you have overly large breasts due to gynecomastia?
  • Are you embarrassed to take off your shirt in public?
  • Have you skipped working out at the gym because you’re self-conscious about your breast size?
  • Would you like to improve your body’s proportions?
  • Has your confidence suffered because of your breast’s appearance?

As I mentioned in my video, I want you to be able to enjoy time outdoors or at the beach without feeling embarrassed. Sorry to break the news but even with the most diligent diet and exercise maintenance, the extra fat you carry on your chest won’t disappear. Luckily, having worked as a double-board certified plastic surgeon with over 22 years specializing in breast procedures, I’ve noticed just how remarkable this procedure can be for men that have spent years hiding behind oversized clothing and not able to live life to its fullest and I hope anyone who can relate may consider doing something about it for themselves. If you’re interested in learning more about male breast reduction surgeries performed at Southern Plastic Surgery, P.C. (SPS), please don’t hesitate to contact me, Dr. David Whiteman, today.

Mommy Makeover Series: Part 1

When it comes to my wife, I may be a bit biased but to me, she’s superwoman.  On top of work, extracurricular activities and everything in between, being a mom is a full time gig; as soon as a woman becomes a mother their focus is no longer on themselves but the wellbeing of their family.  For this reason I want to shine the spotlight back on all of you mothers out there and share a procedure that is all about you: the mommy makeover.

Due to the physical effects pregnancy and childbirth have on a woman’s body, no amount of diet and exercise can remedy the sagging breasts from breastfeeding or the weakened abdominal muscles in the stomach.  Mommy makeover is multi-faceted because it’s a combination of cosmetic surgery procedures performed at the same time.  From perkier breasts with a breast augmentation and breast lift to a tighter waistline with a tummy tuck, mommy makeover addresses multiple concerns at once.  An added benefit is that it also reduces your amount of required downtime versus if you had each procedure done one at a time.

In part one of my mommy makeover series I wanted to touch on some of the basics that make up a mommy makeover.  Below is a helpful guide breaking down some of main components that go into mommy makeover to help my patients regain their pre-baby body: tummy tuck, liposuction, breast reduction, breast lift and breast augmentation.

 
One important thing I can’t stress enough is for my mommy makeover patients to wait until after they are done having children before considering a mommy makeover, body contouring or breast enhancement procedures because the effects of pregnancy can reverse your results.  Stay tuned for part two of my mommy makeover series where I will go into more detail on the benefits of the different procedures I combine.  If you’re interested in mommy makeover surgery, or any of the other cosmetic procedures I perform, please contact Southern Plastic Surgery today.  For the most up-to-date plastic surgery news and specials be sure to connect with me, Dr. David Whiteman, on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

Breast Reconstruction FAQ’s

“I am truly blessed to have a doctor so gifted by God with a brilliant mind, skillful hands, and a passionate heart for his patients – I know you have made many sacrifices for me and have been at my side when I needed you; your devotion is greatly appreciated.” – Judy

Atlanta Breast ReconstructionI fully understand the toll that breast cancer has on a woman both physically and emotionally. After undergoing a mastectomy or lumpectomy following a diagnosis, a breast cancer survivor can be overcome by a lack of self-confidence. For over 20 years, I have crafted my expertise in breast reconstruction and have continued to utilize various innovative surgical techniques. With a strong emphasis on restoring the breasts in the most natural way possible, I aim to ensure the best possible care and results for all of my patients. For patients who are interested in undergoing breast reconstruction, I will share a few of the top common questions patients typically ask before/after undergoing surgery:

Q: Who is a good candidate for breast reconstruction surgery?
A: Breast reconstruction is an elective procedure because it is never medically necessary. Breast reconstruction can be performed immediately after a mastectomy or lumpectomy or delayed until all cancer treatment is completed or when the patient is ready. Some women may even choose not to have surgery after a mastectomy at all. Other women may choose to undergo breast reconstruction to maintain their body image and have a sense of closure from their experience with cancer. During a consultation, I will examine the skin, muscle, and residual breast tissue, and depending on your individual case and goals, I will create a personalized treatment plan to provide the most natural breast reconstruction outcome.

Q: How is breast reconstruction surgery performed?
A: When performing the procedure, I first examine the breast and additional areas where skin, tissue, and muscle can be repositioned to restore the breasts if a flap reconstruction method is used. If the patient doesn’t have a suitable amount of tissue, I will insert a silicone or saline implant and tissue expanders, which are balloon-like devices inserted under the skin to gradually stretch the skin, may be utilized to allow space for the breast implant. To improve symmetry and form of the breasts for patients who’ve undergone a full or partial mastectomy, a breast lift, breast augmentation, or breast reduction may also be recommended.

Q: Will my reconstructed breast look and feel the same as my original breast?
A: Usually, the breast may appear flatter or more round depending on whether it is rebuilt using harvested tissue or breast implants. When undergoing breast reconstruction, the size and shape will never be exactly the same as the original breast, but each patient can opt for a smaller or larger size. While a reconstructed breast may mirror the appearance of the original, it will not have the same sensation and feel as the breast it replaces. My overall goal is to exchange the patient’s breast tissue, skin, and the nipple-areolar that were removed during mastectomy to construct new, natural-looking breasts that fit the patient’s body accordingly.

To help raise awareness for breast cancer, I encourage you to get involved with The Sport of Giving, a 501(c)(3) grassroots organization supporting women’s cancer care and prevention with special fundraiser events and Life After the Fight, to promote breast cancer survivors’ professional ventures. To learn more about breast reconstruction at Southern Plastic Surgery, P.C., please contact us to schedule a consultation. Be sure to connect with me, Dr. David Whiteman, on FacebookTwitter, and Google+ for the latest plastic and reconstructive news.