Yes. It is formally known as gynecomastia surgery and it is a reduction in male type breasts. The Seinfeld Show did an entire episode on “man-boobs” and even featured a contraption called the “Manssiere.” While it may make for funny TV sitcom copy, oversized male breasts are a source of real anxiety for millions of men everywhere. Fortunately, plastic surgery offers a practical solution. A male breast reduction procedure can help restore a man’s self-esteem and positive body image.
Gynecomastia is a medical condition and can be caused by glandular issues as well as localized collections of fat.
The surgical procedure should be performed on ideal candidates that display physical fitness, stabilized breast development, and realistic expectations of the outcomes. Good candidates for a breast reduction also include men, who do not smoke or use drugs, and those who have conditions that cannot be corrected through other forms of treatment.
As with any surgery, the gynecomastia surgery comes with certain risks and your doctor will outline these risks during the pre-operative consultation. Some common considerations involved with the procedure include:
- Nipple sensitivity
- Shape irregularities or asymmetry
- Fluid accumulation
- Deep vein thrombosis
A competent surgeon will do everything to mitigate these risks and make sure your procedure, and recovery goes smoothly.Once you have decided to move forward with the procedure, what might you expect for recovery? Dressings will most certainly be applied that may require pressure bandages to help maintain the healing chest profile. What’s more, a tube may be inserted to expedite fluid drainage.
Perhaps the most important factor in recovery from a male breast reduction procedure may be following the surgeon’s after care instructions. Faithful commitment to your own recovery by taking prescribed medication and caring for the wound site will help you recover faster and decrease the chances for SSI, or surgical site infection.
In today’s society, everyone still has their prejudices and we are all subject to arbitrary stigmas. Nowhere is this more apparent than men with oversized breasts. Through the miracles of modern medicine, men no longer have to suffer the slings and arrows of judgment. These days, men have the choice to look like Adonis instead of Meatloaf from “Fight Club.”