While we naturally associate breast reduction procedures with women, male breast reduction surgery is also quite common.
Male breast reduction surgeries in the United States have increased 19 percent since 2000. The surgery can address medical, social, cosmetic, and self-esteem issues in men who experience overdevelopment or enlargement of their breast tissue. The medical term for this condition is gynecomastia. It is often caused by changes in testosterone (male hormone) and estrogen (female hormone) levels. It frequently is seen in newborn babies and pubescent boys. But while gynecomastia in infants and teens usually resolves itself naturally, breast enlargement in adult men may require medical treatment up to and including surgery.
Adult gynecomastia can be based on a natural imbalance of hormone levels.
Other causes include the use of medicines used to treat depression, infections, some forms of cancer, ulcers, and heart conditions. The use of drugs such as anabolic steroids, heroin, or marijuana can trigger gynecomastia. Overuse of alcohol can cause male breast enlargement because of its possible impact on the liver and kidneys. Injury and obesity may also contribute to male breast enlargement.
Gynecomastia affects up to 35 percent of men and is most prevalent in the 50-69 age range. In addition to its physical impact, gynecomastia can trigger tremendous male psychological distress and greatly damage their self-esteem. Gynecomastia diagnosis may include blood, urine, and liver function tests along with X-rays. In some cases, a small amount of breast tissue may be removed and checked for cancer cells.
Gynecomastia typically includes excess localized breast fat and glandular tissue development and can present in one breast or both. Board-qualified Drs. Tim Matatov and Joseph Zakhary at Southwest Breast and Aesthetics in Phoenix, AZ are highly experienced and fully trained in the latest male breast reduction surgical techniques. They are always eager to help men suffering from gynecomastia. They invite you to schedule an initial consultation today. They will answer all of your questions fully and directly. Your full medical history will be assessed, including a review of your medicines and supplements and previous surgeries.
If you smoke, stop. It’s also important to avoid aspirin or any other medicines or supplements that may increase bleeding. If you need to lose weight, your upcoming surgery gives you a perfect opportunity and motivation to do so! Make sure you have somebody lined up to drive you home after your procedure.
Like any surgery, male breast reduction procedures carry risks including but not limited to bleeding, blood clots, infection, scarring, poor wound healing, and adverse reactions to anesthesia and materials used in surgery.
Your surgery will be performed in an accredited office-based surgical facility, a licensed ambulatory surgical center, or a hospital.
Prior to entering the operating room, your skin will be thoroughly cleansed to guard against infection. An anesthesiologist will administer either intravenous sedation or general anesthesia, depending on what is right for you. Removal of excess breast tissue will involve either surgical excision, liposuction, or both. Before you are taken to the recovery room, dressings or bandages will be placed on your incisions and a support garment may be used to minimize swelling. A thin tube may be inserted under your skin to drain any excess blood or fluid. Most patients do fine with over-the-counter pain medications, although your doctor may issue additional prescriptions.
In some cases, adult male gynecomastia may be treatable with changes in lifestyle, medications, diet, and exercise. But the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery states that surgery is “the most effective known treatment for gynecomastia.” While breast reduction surgery is available to a wide range of men, the best candidates are non-smokers who are physically healthy, have realistic expectations, and want to regain their self-confidence.
Your surgeon will schedule follow-up appointments with you to make sure you are healing properly and to remove your stitches if necessary. You’ll be given detailed, specific instructions about when you can resume normal activities. Take it easy for a while! Monitor your results, many of which should be immediately noticeable. Your swelling will subside and your incision lines, while permanent, will continue to fade over time. The final results of your breast reduction surgery may take 3-6 months to achieve.
Many health care plans cover medical breast reduction surgery. Your surgeon will determine if your procedure is medical or cosmetic in nature, and may need to obtain authorization from your insurer. You will be responsible for any required copays or deductibles. If you are not covered, you are responsible for payment.
Drs. Tim Matatov and Joseph Zakhary at Southwest Breast and Aesthetics in Phoenix, Arizona are fully certified and have years of experience. They have been voted by their peers as top plastic surgeons in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area 3 years in a row, as featured in Phoenix Magazine. In addition to their expert-level surgical skills, they consistently receive high marks from their patients for their personal warmth and attentiveness. Schedule an initial consultation today and take the first step toward a healthier and more confident you!
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