It is a topic that is not often talked about but men also encounter breast issues like women do. Male breast reduction or gynecomastia surgery is a breast surgery procedure performed to help restore the natural breast appearance in men who have had enlarged breasts that may make them lose self-confidence. This may occur at any stage of a man’s life – from infancy to adulthood. Enlarged male breasts may be due to several factors, the most common of which are being overweight and hormonal imbalances.
Overdeveloped or woman-like breasts in a man can cause much embarrassment, especially on the beach or in the locker room. The problem is much more common than once thought, and can affect 40%-60% of men, especially those over fifty. If a man is embarrassed or uncomfortable with the size of his chest, Dr. Bloch can help with gynecomastia.
What is Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is the condition of enlarged breasts in men which can be caused by obesity, heredity, hormonal changes, or use of certain drugs. The condition is known as bilateral gynecomastia if both of the breasts become enlarged or over-developed. Unilateral describes a condition whereby only one of the breasts enlarges or over-develops. Men with any of these conditions can have their self-confidence impaired to an extent of withdrawing from many physical activities or even intimacy. They suffer emotional discomfort which makes them to always want to hide their condition.
However, men are increasingly getting this procedure because it not only helps flatten or enhance chest appearance but also gives them back their self-confidence. In his many years of experience in the practice of plastic surgery, Dr. Bloch has performed many male breast reductions. Most of his patients have been able to achieve great results and can now actively participate in their favorite physical activities. Take advantage of the convenience of booking for an appointment with the surgeon online at www.bodybybloch.com.
What are the symptoms?
- Excess fats localized in the chest area
- Excessive development of the glandular tissue
- Excess skin on their breasts
- Either one enlarged breast (unilateral ) or two enlarged breasts (bilateral )
Who is a good candidate for the surgery?
This can affect men as early as during their adolescent years, but many of them develop the condition in their adulthood. In order to increase the chances of achieving long-lasting results, the best are adults whose breast enlargement has stabilized. However, consultation with a plastic surgeon for men of all ages with gynecomastia is the best way of determining if they are good candidates for the surgery. Young men can still have the procedure performed as long as it will help avoid emotional discomfort and restore their self-confidence. If the cause of the condition has been identified to be obesity or use of drugs that a patient can avoid, they should be willing to make the necessary lifestyle change in order to maintain any results they achieve after surgery. A good candidate for the procedure should be clear on the specific goals they would like to achieve. It is also extremely important to have realistic expectations and a positive attitude. Surgery will only be recommended if no other medical treatment can correct the condition. You will not undergo the surgery if you have any existing medical conditions that can potentially impair your recovery.
How is this surgery performed?
Depending on the observations the surgeon will make after examining the patient’s condition, either the liposuction technique or the excision technique will be used. The procedure starts with the administration of either general anesthesia or intravenous sedation to make the patient comfortable.
The liposuction technique will be performed if the enlargement of breasts has been caused by excess fatty deposits. Small incisions are made through which a cannula is inserted and moved back and forth to dislodge the fat deposits. The fats are then suctioned into a surgical vacuum attached to the cannula. The surgeon may also choose other variations of liposuction techniques.
The excision technique is performed on patients with breast enlargement caused by excessive development of glandular tissue and skin from the breasts. This technique can correct the size of the areola and reposition the nipple. The exact pattern of incisions required will vary depending on the needs of individual patients.
The doctor might also find it necessary to combine the liposuction and the excision surgical techniques to achieve the desired goals.
If you live in the Chicago metro area or surrounding areas such as Lincolnshire, Wilmette, Winnetka, Deerfield, Lake Forest, North Shore, Glencoe, or other towns and would like to learn more about male breast reduction, contact Body by Bloch to schedule a consultation.
To help reduce swelling and to promote skin contraction, you will be asked to wear an elastic garment for several weeks post-surgically. You can return to work in just a few days.
To learn more about this procedure, call us at 847-686-3183.