Gynecomastia, or male breast overdevelopment, occurs in as many as 40 to 60 percent of men. This condition can be caused by hormone levels, aging, weight gain, medical conditions, or even certain medications. Regardless of the cause, male breast reduction can permanently eliminate gynecomastia. Gynecomastia surgery can improve self-confidence and restore a more masculine appearance to the chest.
The Benefits of Gynecomastia Surgery
- A flatter, firmer, and more masculine chest
- Permanent removal of excess male breast tissue
- Improved self-esteem and confidence
A Natural Look
Gynecomastia causes a man’s chest to look abnormal and feminine. Male breast reduction removes excess breast tissue to restore a more balanced and natural appearance. For males who struggle with self-image as a result of their overdeveloped breasts, this procedure can help them to feel more comfortable in their bodies. The benefits may be especially great for young men with severe pubertal gynecomastia, which can cause psychological and emotional trauma from negative interactions with peers.
A More Defined Chest
For men with gynecomastia, the chest has excess fatty tissue and glandular tissue that create a soft, undefined appearance. As a firm, well-contoured chest is a sign of masculinity and attractiveness, men with gynecomastia may feel that they look less masculine. Gynecomastia surgery can improve the definition of the chest to create a more masculine and defined appearance.
Some treatments and procedures have only temporary benefits and must be repeated multiple times to maintain the positive results. Unlike these procedures, gynecomastia surgery provides a permanent change for every male who undergoes the procedure. The appearance of the chest may be altered by future weight fluctuations, aging, or medical conditions. Nonetheless, in healthy individuals with a stable body weight, the results of gynecomastia surgery offer permanent improvements to the appearance and contour of the chest.
The condition of gynecomastia may cause a man to lose confidence in himself and his masculinity. Particularly in males with more severe gynecomastia, it may lead to psychological trauma and poor self-image. Undergoing gynecomastia surgery enhances the male chest to eliminate the root of these problems, effectively boosting confidence and self-image.
Frequently Asked Questions
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Gynecomastia surgery may include the surgical removal of breast tissue and/or liposuction to eliminate excess fat. Where necessary, such as in severe gynecomastia, excess skin may also be removed. The procedure takes one to two hours and is conducted on an outpatient basis.
Good candidates for gynecomastia surgery are men with gynecomastia that cannot be corrected through weight loss, a change in medications, or through treatment of other medical conditions. Candidates should also be healthy non-smokers who do not use drugs or steroids. While gynecomastia may cause poor self-confidence, candidates should have a positive outlook, specific goals in mind, and realistic expectations.
Male breast reduction may cause some temporary soreness and swelling during recovery. Patients wear compression garments to minimize swelling and assist with the healing process. Most patients are able to return to work and light activities after three to five days; however, each patient is different, and some may need more or less time to recover.
Due to the use of anesthesia, patients should not experience pain during the procedure. Soreness is common after gynecomastia surgery, but this discomfort is only temporary and can be managed with oral pain medications if needed.
Depending on the procedural techniques required for your gynecomastia surgery, you may have some scarring. Your surgeon will place the incisions as inconspicuously as possible to minimize your scarring. Any scars should fade over time, and patients feel that the benefits of gynecomastia surgery far outweigh the downside of having slight scarring. Scarring will be very minimal with liposuction-only gynecomastia surgery.
As gynecomastia surgeries can vary widely, there is no blanket pricing for the procedure. Financing options are available to help with the cost, making it more affordable for you to undergo gynecomastia surgery when you want to. Our surgeons and staff at PREMIERE Center for Cosmetic Surgery will discuss the costs and details of the procedure with you in full during your free consultation.