Many men suffer from a condition called gynecomastia, in which the male breasts become enlarged. This can occur in men of any age, ranging from babies all the way to the twilight years. A change in the levels of hormones secreted in the male body is the main reason behind these enlarged breasts, though it is not always the case.

In most cases, the male breasts return to their normal size. However, when they don’t, male breast reduction surgery is an effective solution for achieving a male chest with more masculine contours.

Good Candidates for Male Breast Reduction

To find out if you are a good candidate for this procedure, you will need to come in for a consultation from a skilled plastic surgeon. They will firstly check to see whether you are an ideal patient for surgery.

To be an ideal candidate, you should not only have a balanced diet to stay healthy but you must also be emotionally stable. Your body weight should be moderate. The age of the patient is typically not much of a factor, but prepubescent patients may not be seen as ideal candidates. Good skin elasticity is also recommended, which may be an issue for older patients, as skin quality tends to decline with age.

How Is Breast Reduction Surgery Done?

Breast reduction surgery is a very simple procedure. It can be done under local anesthesia and is so easy that it is done as an outpatient surgery. Once the patient is numbed to any pain or discomfort using anesthesia, a small cut is made on the chest, just around the areola.

After that, tissue removal is performed. This aspect of the breast reduction surgery can be done in two ways. Liposuction is implemented when needed in order to remove excess fat from the breast area. Excision surgery is implemented when needed in order to remove excess glandular breast tissue and excess sagging skin. In some cases, a combination of these two techniques is required.

After the procedure is complete, incisions are sealed using medical stitches. It can take an hour or longer for the entire surgical process to be completed. The amount of tissue to be removed impacts the overall time of the surgery, and delicate areas may require more time.

Doctors strictly prohibited exercise in the initial time after the surgery. Patients who need liposuction and not tissue excision may require only a week or two of recovery before returning to work. A post-surgical garment may be recommended in order to control any swelling and bruising in the region.

How Should You Prepare for the Surgery?

• Before you make a date for surgery, you must not only do regular exercise but also maintain proper intake of nutrients.

• If you take any medications or supplements, you must discuss them with your doctor before the surgery. Various medications like aspirin affect blood clotting and can lead to excess bleeding.

Follow your surgeon’s preparation instructions very carefully before your procedure.

Get In Touch to Set Up a Consultation

Dr. Elias Gikas is a board-certified plastic surgeon with a great deal of experience when it comes to male breast reduction and many other body procedures. Schedule your consultation today – contact our office for an appointment.