Are you dissatisfied with the look of your chest? Just as many women can feel self-conscious about their chest and their contours, many men find that they struggle with self-image as a result of gynecomastia.
This condition sees men experiencing the growth of the tissue around their breasts. While gynecomastia is not typically considered to be a painful condition, it can have a major impact on the self-esteem and levels of self-confidence of the man that finds himself living with it.
The vast majority of gynecomastia cases have no known cause that can be pinpointed. It can be seen quite often in overweight men, as excess fat on the body can trigger the release of estrogen. This, in turn, can lead to the development of unwanted breast tissue. Some medications can also be to blame for the condition, including anabolic steroids.
Undergoing male breast reduction surgery can help to restore a flatter and more masculine contour for the man who has been living with this condition.
The basics of male breast reduction surgery
Knowing what to expect from the procedure can help to ease the mind of the patient concerned about the surgery. While this is a surgical procedure, it’s quite routine and minimally invasive for the patient. It can be completed in under an hour, and patients will be cleared to return home once they have recovered from the anesthesia.
During the surgery, small incisions will be made around the areola. This will help to minimize the visibility of scars from the procedure. Your surgeon will make all efforts to ensure that scars are hidden.
Excess fat and breast tissue will be removed through the targeted incision sites. Liposuction may be incorporated in order to address the excess fat present on the chest. Nipple and areola reduction may also be included if they can help to improve aesthetics for the patient. Each surgery will be modified to meet the needs of the individual patient.
The key benefits to male breast reduction surgery
It can be difficult to make the decision to undergo an elective and largely cosmetic procedure. Men and women both struggle with this decision-making process at times. It’s all too easy to talk yourself out of a procedure that isn’t deemed necessary. There are, however, a number of benefits to factor in when considering gynecomastia surgery.
Boosted self-esteem and confidence levels stand out as perhaps the best benefit of this surgical procedure. Men who have worked hard to tone and define their bodies will find that seeing results from the surgery help to encourage them to step out with more confidence. They can wear better fitted clothing and even feel confident going shirtless at the pool or the beach. Men often report that they feel more confidence in their athletic abilities as they spend more time outdoors after the surgery.
An improved masculine chest contour can go hand-in-hand with seeing that boost in confidence. Larger breast tissue can make some men feel like they are not quite as masculine as they would like to feel. They may even be teased by family and friends who don’t quite understand the emotional toll that this condition can take on someone who feels insecure about his appearance. All too often there is this idea that men can’t be allowed to feel insecure, while increasing pressure is placed upon them to look a certain way.
The reduction in breast size, with the removal of excess glandular tissue and fat, will leave men looking and feeling better. Men who have worked hard to develop their pectoral muscles can now show them off with pride.
Many men who undergo the breast reduction procedure find that it’s easier for them to focus on their physical fitness. Without that excess fatty tissue in the way of their confidence, they are able to work their pectoral muscles in the gym and attain all of their fitness goals.
Results and recovery
The results of the surgery will be visible immediately. However, there will be some swelling seen for up to three months after surgery. Most patients don’t see their final and permanent results until after that three-month period of recovery and healing has passed. Following the post-operative instructions provided by the surgeon will ensure that the healing continues without the potential for complications.
Immediately following the breast reduction procedure,patients will experience some discomfort, bruising, swelling and feelings of tightness across the chest. Compression garments will help to provide some relief from these symptoms.
Most men are able to return to work within a week of the surgery, so long as their work does not entail and physical labor. A full return to an active lifestyle is typically possible within six to eight weeks of the procedure.
The majority of breast reduction surgery patients recognize an almost immediate surge in their levels of confidence and self-image. This is a benefit that simply can’t be denied.