Gynaecomastia is a benign condition affecting a significant number of men and adolescent boys.
The development of male breast tissue or “Man Boobs” can be a source of great distress and embarrassment for men of any age. While it can affect around 50% of men, most feel uncomfortable to discuss it. The surgery to remove this unwanted tissue is a Male Breast Reduction.
Gynaecomastia is a Greek word meaning “women like breasts”. It is a benign condition that has many causes including:
- Hormonal imbalances;
- Liver disease;
- Use of Anabolic steroids;
- Marijuana abuse;
- Side effects of some prescription medications.
But in the majority of cases the cause is unknown or idiopathic.
It is normal for all men to have a small amount of breast tissue just below the nipple, but in men with Gynaecomastia this gland increases in size. It can result in a large, firm and sometimes tender lump causing the nipple and areola to stick out. As the gland sits on top of the muscle, weight training to increase the size of the pectoral muscles will not affect the appearance of the gland. If there is excess fat on the chest wall, weight loss will reduce this but once again, will have no effect on the breast tissue.
The surgery involves a small incision at the junction of the areola (the dark skin surrounding the nipple) and the chest skin. This way the scar is not noticeable. The tough glandular tissue is cut out, but a small amount is left just behind the nipple to produce a natural appearance. Often liposuction is combined with the procedure to remove excess fatty tissue and produce an even and smooth result.
In severe cases, or where there has been major weight loss, the breasts may become droopy. This may necessitate the removal of excess skin which will result in more visible scars. The best candidates for male breast reduction are healthy, emotionally stable men who are not overweight. Obviously, any cause for the Gynaecomastia, such as steroid use, must be eliminated.
The procedure is often performed as Day Surgery or with an overnight stay in hospital. Drain tubes are left in for 1 or 2 days and are easily removed in our rooms. You will be required to wear a compression garment for two to three weeks and most men will have returned to normal activity after 2 weeks.
The benefits of Gynaecomastia Surgery include:
- A flatter and more contoured chest;
- Improved self-image;
- Less embarrassment.
For men who are self-conscious about the appearance of their chest, the Surgeons at Coastal Plastic Surgery are leaders in gynaecomastia procedures. To book a one on one consultation with one of our specialists, contact us today.