In today’s competitive job market, it’s important to look your best. More and more men are electing to have cosmetic surgery; a trend that studies have shown is tied to career advancement. One study revealed that 84% of men surveyed, believed that physical attractiveness was important for power and success on the job.
Gynecomastia, a medical word from the Greek words for “women-like breast,” affects one out of every ten men. Enlarged breasts on young boys last only a few years and are generally resolved by age 18. Enlarged breasts on a man, however, can be uncomfortable, as well as socially and psychologically devastating.
Gynecomastia may be associated with obesity, hormonal metabolism imbalance, liver disease or medicinal causes. Prior to choosing a surgical solution to gynecomastia, a period of diet and exercise is recommended. Should that fail, surgical intervention may be indicated.
Silicone implants for men are referred to as “Pec” implants. They are used to augment the pectoral muscles of a man’s chest. Pec implants can be inserted at the same time, as your breast reduction surgery, and may add an hour to the procedure.
What is recovery from male breast reduction surgery like?
Bed rest is recommended for the first day. You will experience some pain for several days. For the first few days following your surgery, you will wear surgical dressing which will be exchanged for a special compression garment. This will be worn for about two weeks. Most discomfort associated with breast surgery can be controlled with oral medication prescribed by Dr. Yalamanchi. Antibiotics may also be prescribed. Most men experience some degree of swelling and tenderness. These symptoms should subside in a short time. Within about 2 weeks, all sutures are removed. Dr. Yalamanchi will advise you on a proper schedule for returning to your normal activities. Most patients are back to work within the first week.
Following your breast reduction surgery, you will enjoy a new, more pleasing shape. Many of our patients say their surgery enhanced their self-confidence.
If you have been considering male breast reduction surgery, call our office and arrange a private consultation.
If your gynecomastia is primarily caused by fatty tissue, liposuction is usually the procedure of choice. Liposuction surgery is a procedure used to actually remove unwanted localized deposits of fat cells from the body. A straw-like cannula is inserted through a tiny incision placed in an inconspicuous location on the skin. Using a vacuum system attached to the cannula, excess fat cells are suctioned out. The result is a re-sculpting of bulging breast, into more attractive contour.
If your gynecomastia is the result of a glandular disorder, Liposuction alone is not likely to be adequate. Traditional surgical excision may be a better option.
The excision may be performed alone or in conjunction with Liposuction. Typically, the incision is placed on the edge of the areola (colored area of the nipple) or in the underarm area. Dr. Yalamanchi will work through these incisions to cut away the excess glandular tissue, fat, and skin from the breast. If your reduction requires the removal of significant amounts of tissue, larger incisions may be required.
If your gynecomastia is extreme, and large amount of fat and/or glandular tissue have to be removed, excess skin may also have to be excised.