You’re probably aware of the reasons why women consider breast reduction surgery. But did you know that breast reduction is also an option for men?
While not as widespread as its female equivalent, any men choose to undergo gynecomastia surgery or male breast reduction surgery – something we offer in addition to breast surgery at Cairns.
Most men who do so have the goal of regaining a flatter and more masculine chest appearance.
And there’s no shame in that – our focus is on ensuring that the experience is as pleasant and non-judgemental as possible, and helping you feel more comfortable in the skin you’re in.
And for many men, gynecomastia surgery is simply the best solution after all.
Is it worth getting gynecomastia surgery?
Gynecomastia is a common condition where men experience excess growth in their chest tissue, resulting in fuller and larger breasts.
Just as with women, this can result in:
- Self-confidence problems
- Difficulty engaging in certain hobbies and sports
- Back and neck pain
- Sagging in your chest
All of which can be major impediments to your day-to-day life, as well as a source of major confidence and self-esteem issues. In fact, men probably get it worse than women do – after all, men aren’t usually meant to have breasts.
Gynecomastia surgery removes excess tissue with a small incision that usually leaves the skin, areola and nipple intact.
What are the stages of gynecomastia?
There are 3 different stages of gynecomastia (as well as one substage) – understanding which stage you’re at can help determine whether or not you are the right candidate for gynecomastia surgery.
Depending on which stage your chest area is at, your surgeon will assess your circumstances and help determine what the best procedure is for you:
- Stage 1: Small enlargement without skin excess
- Stage 2a: Moderate enlargement without skin excess
- Stage 2b: Moderate enlargement with minor skin excess
- Stage 3: Marked enlargement with excess skin, mimicking female breast ptosis
Depending on the condition, some cosmetic and plastic surgery at Cairns would advise liposuction surgery and gynecomastia surgery.
How can I hide my gynecomastia?
It can be challenging to hide gynecomastia, especially as it is located in front of your chest area. Most of your clothes will reveal whether or not you have gynecomastia.
It’s especially difficult up here in northern Queensland – you can’t exactly bust out a parka to hide your shape.
Why do men choose breast reduction surgery?
Gynecomastia is more common than you might think, affecting 70% of boys in early puberty and 65% of middle-aged and older men.
And among the men who undergo gynecomastia surgery, many experience issues such as excess fat tissue, and breast skin that they find hard to shift with exercise alone.
In some cases, it might also be the result of weight-related issues.
No matter the cause, it can dramatically affect one’s self esteem. From enjoying the beach shirtless to finding clothes that hide their chests, men suffer the same issues that women do, impacting their happiness and quality of life.
Gynecomastia surgery removes and reconstructs these excess fats and excess breast skin, helping you to maintain a flatter chest.
Interested in this type of surgery? Check out some of our breast reduction before and after pictures to see what sorts of results we can achieve – for both men and women!
What causes “man boobs”?
Hormonal imbalance is one common reason men have excessive tissue on their chest, making the area appear fuller and larger.
Teenage boys who are in peak adolescence may produce more estrogen or less testosterone resulting in gynecomastia. This can result in the gland tissue in one or both sides of the chest being affected.
While most teenage boys will eventually lose their chest size during these years, some men eventually carry it over until they become adults.
In other cases, certain medications can throw off your natural hormone balance, leading to estrogen production exceeding testosterone production.
Much of a woman’s breasts are made up of large amounts of fat, with the exact percentage depending on the individual. So it stands to reason that weight gain can be responsible for many cases of oversized breasts in both females and males.
Men are no different – in many cases, excess fat and tissue buildup causes gynecomastia, with weight gain being one of the most common reasons why.
Can gynecomastia go away with exercise?
While it may be possible to tone up the chest area with diet and exercise, in many cases, these alone will not remove the stubborn fat on the chest.
Depending on gynecomastia’s stage and cause, the fatty tissue may not fully disappear and may continue to recreate itself or eventually revert.
Not to mention, weight-related cases often result in a lot of loose skin and tissue left behind which can be equally distressing.
What is the recovery time for a male breast reduction?
As with any other surgery, there’s a recovery period associated with male breast reduction.
Male breast reduction surgery usually requires a couple of weeks of recovery time, where patients will need to take it easy and avoid any strenuous physical activity.
After the procedure, some men will experience swelling, bruising and pain in the immediate aftermath (though this usually goes away in two weeks). You may find yourself with bruised nipples after breast reduction.
How your recovery looks will depend on you – that’s why our plastic surgeons begin by carefully looking at your health to tell you how long your recovery is likely to take, and what it will involve.
Choose the right surgeon for your gynecomastia surgery
Call Cairns Plastic Surgery today!
When it comes to making big (or small) changes to your body, it’s important that you make sure that you are in the hands of a highly-trained and experienced professional.
That means choosing a team that doesn’t just carry out your surgery professionally – it means choosing one that makes you feel comfortable, and makes the experience as pleasant as possible.
Cairns Plastic Surgery understands that this is a sensitive affair. Everyone should feel comfortable in their skin – and we’re here every step of the way with you.
Cairns helps men and women gain back their confidence with a range of surgical procedures including gynecomastia.
Dr Isolde Hertess and her team understand your concerns and are here to answer any questions that you have about breast reduction surgery.
This is a no-strings-attached chat discussing all your concerns and discomforts, where you’ll discover whether breast reduction surgery is right for you.
If you’re in Queensland for plastic surgery, you’ll want to get in touch with our team for more information on gynecomastia surgery, we invite you to book a complimentary information session with one of our nurses.