Gynecomastia is a condition where male breast tissue grows larger than it should. Instead of being flat or gently curved by the pectoral muscles, the breast tissue swells and may grow very large. Of course, this can be embarrassing and demoralizing to a man and cause his self-esteem to plummet. A male breast reduction can take away this excess tissue and create a flat, masculine chest once more. Call us today to learn more about male breast reduction in New Orleans!
The Causes of Gynecomastia
Gynecomastia usually manifests during a time of great hormonal upheaval. It’s quite common during puberty and in a man’s 50s or 60s. If a man gains or loses a large amount of weight, hormonal fluctuations may cause breast growth. In most cases, the gynecomastia will resolve on its own as the body regulates the hormones to normal male levels. In some cases, however, even medications and hormone replacement therapies will not resolve the issue. That is the point where surgery becomes an option.
Preparing for a Male Breast Reduction
The first step to being fully prepared is to explore your other options first. This is especially true if the swelling and growth aren’t severe. Once our doctor has advised you that there are no further medication options to explore, it’s time to consider a breast reduction. To prepare your body, you want to be at a normal and stable weight. This is important, as being overweight or obese can cause gynecomastia in men who would otherwise not have it.
The Surgical Approach
A male breast reduction is done in a very similar fashion as those performed on women. The excess tissue is removed, any excess skin is also trimmed away, and the nipple is placed in the correct position. Some drains are placed to avoid excessive fluid buildup, then the incisions are closed and the chest is wrapped in a compression bandage. The procedure is usually completed in less than two hours.
Healing at Home After Your Procedure
Most men are completely healed from this procedure in an average of six weeks. Of course, every patient is different and you may heal faster or slower depending on your age, general health and expectations. If you work out or enjoy physical activity, it may be as long as eight weeks before you feel confident again. You will likely need another adult to help you for at least the first week of your recovery, as you may feel very sluggish until your energy and stamina return to normal levels.
Having large breasts as a man can be uncomfortable and demoralizing, making a male breast reduction an attractive option. If you have already tried hormone regulation medication with no success, call Metairie Plastic Surgeons today to schedule a discreet and confidential consultation. We understand this condition and look forward to helping you reclaim a more masculine physique.