Male Breast Reduction
Exercise and a good diet can go a long way to making you look your youngest and your best. But there are some conditions that may affect your appearance no matter how much you exercise or how well you take care of yourself. For men, one such example is gynecomastia, which can prove embarrassing. Thankfully this problem can be addressed at Kovanda Plastic Surgery. Let’s take a brief look at gynecomastia right now and how a skilled cosmetic surgeon can help you with your needs by undergoing male breast reduction surgery.
Male Breast Reduction Before & After
What is Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia refers to a condition in which men develop effeminate breasts. It can occur in men as early as the onset of adolescence. Some of the most common causes of gynecomastia include:
- Metabolic disorders
- Hormonal imbalances
- Side effects from some medications
If you should notice this issue, it’s a good idea to speak with a cosmetic plastic surgeon serving Minneapolis. Should the gynecomastia not dissipate after a few months (as it sometimes does in adolescent males), then the best option for treatment is male breast reduction surgery.
Male vs Female Breast Reduction
Male breast reduction surgery works in a similar fashion to female breast reduction surgery: it will involve the careful removal of fat and glandular tissue from the chest to improve the overall appearance of the pectoral area.
Best Candidates for Male Breast Reduction
Ideal candidates for this body sculpting and contouring procedure are men who are experiencing gynecomastia that will not go away even given a healthy diet and regular exercise. These patients should be in good overall health and not experience any sorts of medical problems that would make surgery risky or problematic.
Male Breast Reduction Procedure
The extent of the tissue reduction required will determine the way the surgery is performed. In some cases, fat reduction through liposuction is all that will be needed. In these situations, the surgery is usually performed under local anesthetic and sedation.
For more serious cases of gynecomastia, incisions are made on the chest and possibly around the nipple. Through these incisions, excess glandular tissue, fat, and skin is removed. The surgeon will make these incisions as small and undetectable as possible, using the natural contour of the chest to best conceal any scarring. In these more extensive surgeries, patients are placed under general anesthesia to reduce any distress or discomfort.
Do I Need Pectoral Implants Too?
In some cases, men who have gynecomastia have wondered if they should get pectoral implants to address their problem. Pectoral implants are a good use to improve the overall shape of the chest and make it appear more muscular and athletic.
Essentially pectoral implants will address another issue separate from gynecomastia. If these are something you’re interested in, we can discuss a potential combined surgery in which excess tissue is removed and a pectoral implant is placed. This may not be ideal for all patients, and we will have to consider a number of factors in your situation before moving forward.
Learn More About Cosmetic Plastic Surgery
For more information about gynecomastia and your many other options for advanced body sculpting, be sure to contact our cosmetic plastic surgery office. Call the team today at our Edina, MN office at 612.335.9032. We look forward to speaking with you and helping you achieve the best possible appearance.