Male Breast Reduction Tallahassee
Gynecomastia is the swelling of the breast area in men. Although this condition isn’t generally life threatening, coping with it can be psychologically difficult. Fortunately, treatment options are available. To get back to looking and feeling good, many men choose to have a male breast reduction.
What Is Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia, a condition that causes enlarged male breasts, affects many men. According to the Mayo Clinic, gynecomastia is commonly caused by hormone changes during puberty. The prevalence of gynecomastia also peaks again between the ages of 50 and 80, when at least one in four men is affected. Men at this time may experience an enlarged chest area due to aging as the body undergoes another shift in hormone levels. Breast enlargement in men can occur in one or both breasts, and they may feel tender or sensitive. Although misconceptions are common, the growth is not always caused by a simple excess of fat. For many patients, gynecomastia is a glandular issue affecting all types of tissue in the breast. An experienced doctor will need to examine you to identify the exact type of tissue.
Causes of Enlarged Male Breasts
Enlargement of the male breast is caused by an imbalance of estrogen and testosterone in the body. Fluctuating levels of hormone production can make the breast tissue grow. Men may notice a sagging or a less sculpted chest area as well as a larger areola. A history of cancer, liver disorders, or the use of particular drugs such as anabolic steroids or alcohol can also contribute to gynecomastia. While many possible causes are known, it is not always possible to diagnose the underlying causes for an individual patient.
Benefits of Having a Male Breast Reduction
A male breast reduction procedure with our surgeons at the Tallahassee Plastic Surgery Clinic can give you a firmer, more contoured chest that is flatter and smoother. After surgery, most patients are excited about the sculpted appearance of their chest area and the ability to wear better-fitting shirts and swimming trunks without the fear of feeling uncomfortable. This relatively safe, effective procedure can boost your self-confidence. By reducing the size of the breast tissue, men can see increased results following pectoral exercises and weight training. The renewed appearance of your body can last many years, especially for patients who identify the root causes of their gynecomastia and work to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Surgical Technique and Procedure
Our surgeons at the Tallahassee Plastic Surgery Clinic will perform your male breast reduction procedure while you are under general or intravenous sedation anesthesia. Any excessive fat, skin, or glandular tissue will be removed. After the procedure, our plastic surgeons may also perform liposuction to break up any excess fat. For those men with small amount of gynecomastia and skin, scarring is usually small and inconspicuous, and it should fade well over time.
Those men with larger amounts of skin and gynecomastia may require larger incisions with more visibility of initial scars, but most fade well over time, depending on skin types & healing.
All patients are instructed to stop smoking at least one month before the surgery. Smoking raises your blood pressure and can cause an increased risk of complications like blood clots, infection, skin & nipple necrosis, and excessive scarring, resulting in an extended healing time. Any medications that may thin the blood should also be stopped at least two weeks before the procedure. Everyone heals differently from surgery, so make arrangements to have a friend or relative bring you to your appointment and take you home afterward.
The results of your surgery are immediately visible. You may experience a little discomfort, bruising, and swelling for a few days. Be sure to arrange for someone to stay with you for at least 24 hours after the surgery. This friend or relative will help you to get around as well as help to monitor your recovery. Over time, post-surgical swelling will resolve, and the incision lines will usually fade. Avoid any unnecessary stress or exercising of the chest until directed by your physician. But don’t worry; after a few short weeks, you will be able to resume your full-body training activities. Satisfaction with your new image should continue to grow as you recover from your male breast reduction surgery.
Why Choose Us
We are proud to have been awarded “Best of Tallahassee 2014″ and “Best of Tallahassee 2015″ by Tallahassee Magazine. Our three doctors are friendly, confidential, and professional board-certified plastic surgeons serving the Tallahassee, Dothan, Thomasville, Panama City, Destin and Valdosta areas. Made up of members of the highly respected American Society of Plastic Surgeons, our knowledgeable and skilled physician team is passionate about helping you reach your goals in the safest and most effective way possible.
We have many success stories to share regarding male breast reduction, and we hope that you will trust us with your procedure. View our surgeon bios to learn more about our great team. Fill out our contact form for more information on scheduling a consultation. See our male breast reduction patients’ before and after photos.