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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