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.

What You Need to Know About Breast Lift Surgery

There are multiple factors that can influence a change in a woman’s breasts. Over time, the effects of gravity, aging, weight fluctuation, pregnancy, and breastfeeding can take a toll on the body, especially in the breasts which gradually lose their shape and firmness. To address such concerns, breast lift surgery, also known as a mastopexy, is utilized in order to give the breasts a more youthful, firmer, and perkier appearance.

breast-surgery-atlanta-gaThe ideal candidate for a breast lift is an individual that suffers from sagging, pendulous breasts that lack firmness and have irregular nipple placement. I use various techniques when performing a breast lift based on the size and shape of your breasts, the degree of sagging, and other additional causes. A breast lift doesn’t address the size of the breast but instead, re-positions and reshapes the nipple and areola and removes excess stretched skin while tightening the remaining tissue. The lift restores the natural shape and proportion of the breasts to achieve aesthetically-pleasing results. Additionally, I perform a mini breast lift for patients who need a minor correction to the placement of the breasts.

Typically, breast lift surgery is often combined with breast augmentation for individuals who want to increase the volume of their breasts while lifting them to a more youthful placement. When performing a breast augmentation procedure, I insert a breast implant to enhance the shape and size of the breast and excess skin and tissue is removed to provide a lifted appearance.

To maximize results after surgery, I recommend that my patients frequently schedule and attend follow-up appointments in order to receive recommendations for minimizing any complications and proper instructions to care for the areas of incision. Depending on the type of incision, upkeep, or weight fluctuation following your procedure, breast lift results can last a while, but can also be reversed if you experience a dramatic increase in weight which can cause the skin to stretch.

If you’re interested in a breast procedure or any other procedures I perform, contact us today. Be sure to connect with me, Dr. David Whiteman on FacebookTwitter, and Google+ for more plastic surgery updates.

Health and Wellness: Breast Reduction Surgery to Improve Physical Ability

In a recent health article from ABC News, a new plastic surgery trend has risen among young female athletes. To help improve their sports performance, athletes have chosen breast reduction surgery for overly large breasts that can inhibit physical ability and cause back and shoulder pain. Overly large breasts, also known as a condition called macromastia for females, can cause both physical and emotional concerns. Patients with overly large breasts often complain of physical constraints such as the inability to engage in vigorous athletic activity or added respiratory stress due to the weight of the breasts on the chest. Additionally, patients can also experience emotional concerns due to self image or inability to perform physical activities.

Health and Wellness Breast Reduction Surgery to Improve Physical Ability

At Southern Plastic Surgery, double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Whiteman performs breast reduction surgery on both male and female patients to create a more proportional and comfortable result. During the procedure, Dr. Whiteman will make an incision along the underside of the breast and remove excess skin and tissue. The remaining breast tissue will be tightened and repositioned. Occasionally, breast lift surgery can be combined with a breast reduction for a more youthful look.

Following any plastic surgery procedure, Dr. Whiteman always advises his patients to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Since breast reduction surgery allows patients to freely engage in more physical activity, Dr. Whiteman encourages patients to take advantage of their plastic surgery results and develop a regular exercise routine. By adapting a healthy diet, a regular exercise routine, and lifestyle habits, patients will maintain and improve results. For patients looking to jumpstart a lifestyle plan, Jackie Madison, our office administrator, also serves as our in-house certified NESTA lifestyle and weight management coach.

If you’re interested in breast surgery or any other procedures offered at Southern Plastic Surgery, please contact us to schedule your consultation. Stay connected with Dr. Whiteman on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest plastic and reconstructive surgery news and information.