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Can Males Undergo A Breast Reduction Procedure?

Can Males Undergo A Breast Reduction Procedure?

Large, shapely breasts are attractive on women, but excess chest flab on men aka ‘man boobs’ can cause serious self-confidence issues. Women with very large breasts can have breast reduction surgery to rectify the problem, but can males undergo a breast reduction procedure as well?

Can Males Undergo A Breast Reduction Procedure?
Yes, breast reduction surgery is helpful for males with a condition known as gynecomastia. Gynecomastia refers to the enlargement of the breast tissue in males. The condition is extremely common in young boys, as it’s linked to hormonal fluctuations that occur during puberty, but it can affect older men as well. Gynecomastia is often due to hormonal deficiencies, but may also be caused by obesity, and the use of steroids or marijuana.

Men with gynecomastia are often very embarrassed about the condition but fortunately, male breast reduction surgery is an effective way to treat it. Male breast reduction surgery does two things; it gets rid of the excess breast tissue, and makes the chest flatter, and more masculine.

Male breast reduction surgery
Male breast reduction surgery is typically performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. The excess fatty tissue is usually removed via a small incision made around the areola, which is the dark skin that surrounds the nipple.

Recovery after male breast reduction surgery can take 7-14 days. Patients often experience post-operative pain and swelling, and depending on the extent of surgery, these side-effects can take several weeks to resolve.

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How soon can I workout after gynecomastia surgery?

Many of the teenage boys and men who develop gynecomastia, are very self-conscious about the condition, and this accounts for the increasing popularity of gynecomastia surgery. This is especially true of men who like to workout or take part in sporting activities. Not surprisingly one of the questions they often ask about surgery is -‘How soon can I workout after gynecomastia surgery.’

Gynecomastia refers to enlarged breasts in males. The problem is often hormone related, but may also be caused by genetics, obesity, or certain types of medications.

Gynecomastia Surgery
Gynecomastia surgery also known as male reduction surgery, is the most effective method for treating enlarged male breasts. Removing the excess glandular tissue and fat gives the breasts more masculine contours. Liposuction is typically used to get rid of the excess fat. More severe cases may require surgical excision to remove the extra glandular tissue.

How soon can you work out after surgery?
Patients can expect to experience swelling and bruising post-surgery, and this may take up to 3 weeks to resolve. In order to ensure that the chest gets sufficient time to heal, patients are advised to avoid any type of exercise for at least 3 weeks. After that time non-impact lower body exercises can be resumed.

This timeline won’t be the same for everyone, as it depends on the extent of the operation. It is therefore important to pay attention to your body, as it will let you know if you are doing too much too soon. Also, be sure to follow the post-op instructions of your surgeon.

Contact Illuminate Plastic Surgery, Palo Alto, CA, to find out more about gynecomastia surgery. Call 650-433-8621today to set up an appointment with David Boudreault, MD.

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