While both men and women have breasts, it is not the norm for a man to have breasts that are enlarged to the point that they are noticeable and embarrassing. If you suffer from gynecomastia, it can be extremely frustrating. Whether your breasts have become enlarged due to changes in hormone levels or as the result of hormone therapy, they are the last thing you want to look at. Most often, the presence of too much estrogen in your system is to blame.
Fortunately, you can get a male breast reduction to resolve the problem and have a smooth chest. Understanding the procedure can give you peace of mind as you take the next step in dealing with gynecomastia.
Understanding a Breast Reduction
A breast reduction is a procedure that is used to treat both men and women who have excessively large breasts. A breast reduction is typically recommended for women when the size of their breasts is not in proportion to their bodies and causes discomfort, including back pain. For men, a male breast reduction is advised when gynecomastia does not go away and causes embarrassment.
During a typical male breast reduction procedure, our plastic surgeon will ensure that medication is administered so that you are as comfortable as possible. You may have general anesthesia or our surgeon may opt for intravenous sedation with local anesthesia for your outpatient procedure.
A combination of surgical techniques may be used for the best results. Any excess fat and glandular tissue that has enlarged your breasts are removed. Your nipples may have to be raised to a higher position if the weight of your breasts has dragged them down. Once your breasts have been reduced and the contours are more suitable for a man, your procedure is finished.
What to Expect After a Male Breast Reduction
Your breasts will be tender after the procedure. Our surgeon can recommend medication to deal with any discomfort. You will need to follow our doctor’s instructions concerning care and any limitations in activity levels after the procedure. With proper care, you should have a speedy recovery and can enjoy the results of your procedure.
Ask Our Doctor About a Male Breast Reduction
If gynecomastia has had a negative impact on your life, it’s time you did something about it. Make an appointment to have a consultation about a male breast reduction at Georgia Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Our plastic surgeon will evaluate the size of your breasts and determine the best course of action for you as you take a step in the right direction to having the self-confidence that comes with a smooth chest. We have locations in Atlanta and Marietta. Contact us today to schedule your appointment to learn more about male breast reduction.