Male Breast Reduction Surgery
The board-certified plastic surgeons at VIDA Wellness and Beauty in Tijuana understand that enlarged breasts can be an embarrassing problem for many men. Men with this condition (gynecomastia) often avoid taking their shirts off in certain social situations, such as at the pool, or try to conceal their enlarged breasts by wearing multiple shirts. To help men suffering from gynecomastia improve the look of their breasts and restore their self-confidence, the VIDA plastic surgeons perform male breast reduction surgery.
Why Male Breast Reduction Is Needed
Some men have excess fat throughout the chest area. These men suffer from what is known as “pseudo-gynecomastia.” Often, pseudo-gynecomastia is the result of weight gain and can be alleviated with diet and exercise. Sometimes, however, local deposits of fat can become stuck under the skin throughout the chest area and are resistant to diet and exercise efforts. When this occurs, the unwanted fat must be removed with liposuction.
Other men have enlarged or excess glandular breast tissue throughout their chest area; this is known as true clinical gynecomastia. True gynecomastia can occur at any age, but often occurs during adolescence or older age. Although gynecomastia that develops during adolescence may resolve itself over time, it often persists into adulthood. In addition, hormonal fluctuations, the use of certain drugs and substantial weight fluctuations can also cause true gynecomastia. With true gynecomastia, the only effective treatment option is male breast reduction surgery.
The Male Breast Reduction Procedure
During male breast reduction surgery, the plastic surgeon may first perform liposuction throughout the chest and nipple area, as needed, to remove stubborn deposits of fat. He then makes an incision around the outer border of the areola, or the darkly pigmented skin surrounding the nipple. Using this incision, the plastic surgeon excises any loose skin, if needed, and eliminates the excess glandular breast tissue in the area. He can also reduce the size of an overly large areola by excising some of the areola skin from the outer perimeter of the areola, if necessary. Once the surgeon is satisfied with the new contour of the chest area, he closes the incisions with dissolvable stitches and dresses the treatment area with bandages.
What to Expect After Male Breast Reduction Surgery
Given that gynecomastia is typically an outpatient procedure, patients are usually released into the care of an authorized adult, so they can recuperate at home. VIDA Wellness and Beauty is also home to a comfortable recovery boutique where patients can recuperate if they prefer.
Gynecomastia patients should expect to take about three days off of work, during which time they should rest as much as possible and avoid any strenuous activity, including exercise. The treatment area may be sore or tender, but any discomfort can be relieved by taking oral pain medication, as instructed by the physician. Individuals who have undergone gynecomastia surgery will have to wear a compression garment over the treatment area for several weeks to provide added support to the tissues while they heal and to minimize swelling in the area.
During the postoperative follow-up appointments, the VIDA surgeon monitors the progress of recovery and lets the patient know when it is safe to resume normal activities, including his or her fitness routine.
Stop Feeling Embarrassed About Gynecomastia
If you suffer from enlarged male breasts, it is time to take the first step toward correcting the problem. To schedule a consultation with a discrete VIDA plastic surgeon so you can stop feeling embarrassed about your gynecomastia, contact VIDA Wellness and Beauty by calling 1-619-610-1667 (toll free) now.