Male chest contouring is a surgical procedure to correct enlarged male breasts.
Men’s enlarged breasts can be caused by two factors.
The first is pseudo-gynecomastia, which is the result of excess fat accumulation in the breast area.
The second factor, is a condition known as gynecomastia. Gynecomastia is a condition in which the breasts of a male are enlarged due to swelling of the breast tissue. It can affect both sides or just the nipples or even the entire pectoral area. While it does not usually cause any medical problems, it can cause body-image issues and interfere with a man’s quality of life.
If you are unhappy with the size of your breasts, you should consult a doctor to determine exactly what is causing it. The condition can be caused by a number of things, such as extra estrogen in your body, age-related decrease in testosterone levels, overactive thyroid, problems with the liver or kidney, vitamin or mineral deficiencies, anabolic steroids, some medication you may be taking, or even possibly a tumor. Once it is confirmed that you have pseudo gynecomastia or gynecomastia, you can think about whether to have male breast reduction surgery or not. Sometimes, the condition is treatable without surgery, either by taking some medication or by changing the lifestyle factors that are causing the gynecomastia.
If surgery is required, you will need to fulfill the following criteria in order to be eligible: ● Be a healthy individual with no serious medical conditions. ● Have a stable body weight that is within your ideal weight range. ● Be over 18 years of age. ● Have good skin elasticity.
This procedure involves the removal of breast tissue, fatty tissue, and/or loose excess skin; some cases require removal of multiple types of tissue. Generally, for pseudo gynecomastia, liposuction will be used to remove fatty tissue, and for gynecomastia, excision will be used to remove glandular tissue and loose skin. There are a few methods in which the surgery can be done. The most common method involves making an incision underneath the areola and then contouring the lower half of the breast. There is a minimally invasive method as well, where a 5mm incision is made at the edge of the areola through which excess glandular tissue is removed. Lastly, there is the liposuction-only method, where excess fat is removed using a cannula.
It’s extremely important that you fill out your paperwork correctly regarding any medications or supplements you take as they might interfere with the smoothness and safety of your surgery. Also, if you’re a smoker, you should stop smoking at least 15 days prior to your procedure.
There will be some discomfort and swelling after your male breast reduction surgery, but this is normal. The surgeon will prescribe medication for pain or discomfort. The swelling will subside gradually over a few weeks. Compression garments are recommended to be worn for at least one to two weeks in order to help reduce swelling and support the tissues in their new contours and position. Any pain from the procedure can be relieved by using prescription pain medication for the first 48-72 hours. Stitches will be removed after 7 to 10 days, and you can expect to return to work after around one week, depending on how quickly you typically recover from most surgeries. Most patients take between 2-4 weeks to heal fully. You can return to your normal life once you are fully healed.
Scarring is pretty not visible once it has healed.
Studies report that gynecomastia grows back after male breast reduction surgery for about 12.5% of patients a decade after the surgery. But each person’s body is unique and results vary.
The full results of the procedure will be seen after about 3 months, when the swelling should be completely gone.