Male Breast Reduction Surgery
Male breast reduction involves surgically correcting over-developed or enlarged breasts in men. As a result, not only can you develop low self-esteem, but you lose your confidence and develop a social phobia due to the appearance of almost female breasts.
In some cases, men can be uncomfortable removing their shirts in public, especially at the beach or swimming pool where men commonly walk around shirtless.
While typically a man is expected to be more well-built with a toned chest, the presence of puffy, almost female-like breasts can pose many different social and pyschological complications for those men who suffer from gynecomastia.
While this condition typically results from a hormonal imbalance, genetics or weight gain, it can be corrected by either Dr. Heller or Dr. Haramis using a combination of liposuction and laser telescopic surgery to effectively reduce excess fat and glandular tissue. To learn more, please call our office at (212) 661-2563 for a free consultation today.
Is Male Breast Reduction Surgery Right For You?
While there are many causes of gynecomastia, some of the most common include tumors, testicular problems, diseases affecting the liver, genetic disorders, leprosy, and kidney failure. One of the most common non-genetic causes of male breasts is the use of steriods, so before you should think twice about using them to help you overcome pain or injuries or even use them to aid in muscle development.
Regardless of their cause, most men decide to have a male breast reduction surgery performed on themselves to help boost their confidence so they can feel comfortable walking around shirtless or wear tight clothing, boost their self-esteem to help them overcome feelings of being unattractive to women, enjoy a more masculine figure, make physical activity like running and jumping more comfortable, and improve your posture.
To deal with this condition, you have 2 different options available to you: surgery or medication.
If you choose to use medications to help reduce the size of your male breasts, you could try some that are typically used to treat breast cancer, such as tamoxifen (Soltamox), raloxifene (Evista) and aromatase inhibitors (Arimidex). Although these medications have been approved by the FDA, they've not been approved specifically for this use, so they should only be taken on the recommendation of your doctor.
If you opt to go the route of surgery in order to remove the excess tissue in your boobs, your surgeone will typically use liposuction to help you achieve the desired results. During this procedure, the doctor eliminates the excess glandular tissue using a cannula and may modify the size and location of the areola and nipple afterwards to give your chest a more manly appearance.
How Is Male Breast Reduction Performed?
During your consultation, the doctor will discuss your eligibility for this surgery. To do that, he'll perform some tests, such as a blood cell count, and get a complete medical history from you as one of the primary concerns will be whether or not you're currently taking any medications that might preclude you from having the surgery performed.
Since these medications can affect the outcome of the surgery, it's important that you avoid taking some drugs before the surgery is performed, including aspirin, Advil, ibuprofen and other similar medications. The doctor may also ask you to discontinue any unnecessary prescription medications priror to approving the surgery and you'll need to quit smoking weeks prior to the surgery as well.
After your initial consultation and discussion with the surgeon to determine the best course of action for your needs, you'll schedule the date of your surgery.
When that date arrives, you'll make your way into our office and the surgery will being with IV sedation or anesthesia that make the experience as comfortable as possible.
Depending on each individual’s case, your surgery could consist of liposuction alone or in combination with an incision used to remove tissue and skin. Most recently, the use of orthopedic shavers has gained in popularity. These arthroscopic shaver cannulas have dentated double lumen tips that rotate at 4000 to 6000 rpm to mechanically separate fibrous glandular tissue for suctioning and are typically used in cases of mild to moderate gynecomastia which do not require skin excision.
That being said, direct excision through a periareolar incision remains popular due to its simplicity and use of standard instrumentation that's available in most plastic surgery clinics.
Depending on the procedure, the surgery takes 2-3 hours to complete with an immediate recovery time of 2-3 hours. After the surgery and post-recovery phase, it's important to note you will not be in a position to drive after the surgery, so you should either call a cab, request an Uber, or get a friend to drive you home afterwards.
Any pain from the procedure can be relieved by using prescription pain medication for the first 48-72 hours and in most cases, a small drain will be placed in the area that was operated on to help it heal properly. Both the drain and any stiches will be removed after 7-10 days and you can expect to return to work after 1-2 weeks depending on how quickly you typically recover from most surgeries.
Male breast reduction surgery gives natural looking improvements that no one else will know about, unless you decide to tell him or her. You will be thrilled with the great improvement this surgery consistently delivers.
To find out more about gynecomastia treatment in and around Long Island and other areas of New York City, please contact Allure Plastic Surgery online or call (212) 661-2563 free today.