Treatment for Male Breast Reduction
For some men, having an excess amount of breast tissue can cause a loss of self-esteem and confidence. This situation is much more common than men believe, and it is not something to be embarrassed about. There is more than one way to treat the condition, and one of them is through breast reduction surgery. The procedure is relatively short, lasting around 90 minutes, and involves the removal of excess breast tissue and the possible repositioning of the nipples.
Causes of Excess Breast Tissue in Men
Excess breast tissue on men, commonly known as gynecomastia or pseudogynecomastia depending on the origin of the tissue, may be caused by a number of situations:
- Hormonal imbalances
- Excessive intake of alcohol
- Excessive use of anabolic steroids
- Congenital condition from birth
- Significant, fast weight loss, leading to sagging skin that gives the appearance of male breasts
In addition to this, four medical conditions can also cause gynecomastia:
- Cirrhosis of the liver
- Chronic renal failure
- Testicular cancer
These conditions may result in severe hormonal imbalances, in particular, a reduction in the production of androgen and an increase in estrogen.
Male Breast Reduction
The treatment for gynecomastia depends on the cause of the condition. First, the doctor will carry out a full examination and order several tests to check for underlying medical conditions and hormonal imbalances. If there are no concerns the doctor normally recommends diet and regular exercise as the first course of action. Depending on the results of the tests and conservative options, the doctor recommends the correct form of treatment. In some cases, male breast reduction surgery is the best treatment.
Male breast reduction surgery is relatively simple. The surgeon administers a general anesthetic, although he may offer IV sedation instead. He then makes an incision, usually around the areola. The doctor then uses a liposuction technique to remove excess fatty tissue. If there is a large amount of excess tissue that needs removing, the doctor extends the incision down the chest. This could lead to repositioning the nipples.
Following male breast reduction surgery, you will generally need to spend the night at the hospital. The doctor will provide you with any medications you need and an elastic support garment. Doctors usually recommend wearing this garment for a period of one to four weeks following surgery. This is to ensure the breast area stays flat and in shape while recovery takes place. You will need to book a few days off work to aid recovery and avoid any demanding exercise or activity.
Risks of the Procedure
While most men recover fully without any adverse effects, there are some risks of the following:
- Severe scarring
- Discoloration of the skin
- Permanent or temporary changes to sensation in the breast and nipple
- Possible deeper nerve damage
- Allergies to materials used during the procedure or the anesthetic
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Cardiac and pulmonary problems
If you notice any of these after the surgery, you should inform your doctor right away. While it may be nothing to worry about, your doctor will be able to advise you if further treatment is necessary.
The cost of male breast reduction surgery varies across the USA, but you can expect to pay anywhere between $4,000 and $7,000. In certain cities, like New York and San Francisco, the price will be even higher.
There are two main factors that prevent men from getting breast reduction surgery. One of them is price, but the other is the social stigma. Fortunately, by choosing to have your surgery in Mexicali, Mexico, just south of the US border, you can eliminate both of these concerns.
At Almater Hospital in Mexicali, we offer highly experienced surgeons and bilingual medical staff. Additionally, we maintain US quality standards to ensure that patients receive the same level of service that they would receive in the US, but at a much more affordable price. In addition, all of our staff has been trained to be tactful and professional with every patient. And in Mexico, confidentiality is respected. You won’t have to explain to anyone what procedure you’re having. Call us today to find out how you can regain your body confidence.