There are a surprising number of men who suffer from gynecomastia, a condition characterized by enlarged breasts due to an overgrowth of tissue. More and more men are becoming body conscious and Male Breast Reduction surgery is becoming a frequently requested procedure. But why are male breasts becoming enlarged in the first place? It appears the culprit includes everything from medication to lifestyle.
Gynecomastia can affect any male. Most often it is prevalent in pre-pubescent boys and men over 50. It’s actually caused by an imbalance in the estrogen and testosterone hormones. With an influx of estrogen, man boobs or “moobs” form. Because young boys haven’t hit puberty and adult men start to drop testosterone levels as they age, it’s a quite common occurrence. However, when adult men between the ages of 18-34 start to show larger breasts, the cause is usually from an imbalance within the body.
The cause of the imbalance
As of 2016, at least 40% of adult men suffer from gynecomastia. The reasons vary, but most are a result of medications or lifestyle choices. Antidepressants, liver, and heart pills are just some of the medications that can cause a development in extra breast tissue. Excess consumption of alcohol and high levels of stress can also have a serious effect on your body by throwing your hormones out of whack. Man boobs are also a common characteristic associated with obesity and overweight males.
The best candidates
The best candidates for Male Breast Reduction are those with a stable body weight and fairly elasticated skin. It should be noted, male breast reduction is not a substitute for weight loss and every effort should be made to lose weight before resorting to surgery. It’s also best to have realistic expectations of your results.
About the procedure
During your breast reduction procedure, your doctor uses a combination of liposuction and direct excision to remove the fat and glandular tissue from the breast area. The surgery requires general or local anesthesia (depending on the extent of your reduction) and is performed on an outpatient basis. Once the excess tissue is removed, you will be left with a flatter, firmer chest contour.
The downtime and side effects
Male breast reduction side effects include swelling and discomfort. Usually, your doctor will prescribe pain medication to help make the recovery process more comfortable. You’ll be given an elastic pressure garment that you’ll need to wear for about two weeks following the surgery to help reduce swelling. Once your stitches are removed, you can resume normal activities. However, strenuous exercise, sexual activity or anything else that may risk a blow to the chest should be avoided.
Dr. Jeffrey Marvel is one of the most recognized names in the Middle Tennessee area for surgical and non-surgical procedures.
Are you ready to see what male breast reduction can do for you? Call 615-329-3900 to book your consultation today!