Listen up, guys: Male breast reduction surgery is nothing to be ashamed about. In fact, more and more men are opting for this surgery to banish excessive breast tissue and fat in the chest area. In 2016, over 27,000 males in the U.S. underwent the procedure—a 36 percent increase since the year 2000.
While excess weight may be a factor in some cases, men of all shapes, sizes, and weight may be affected by enlargement of breasts, or “gynecomastia.” A condition defined by the presence of excess tissue in the breast area, gynecomastia may be the result of excess fat, an enlargement of breast tissue itself, or both. While a healthy diet and plenty of exercise may reduce the size of male breasts caused by excess fat, sometimes gynecomastia cannot be fully corrected without surgical help. Male breast reduction removes both the fat and excess breast tissue, as needed, in order to change the shape and size, creating a more sculpted, masculine chest.
Good Candidates for Gynecomastia
The best candidates for this surgery are healthy men who are dissatisfied with the contour of the chest. Often, diet and exercise routines are on point, but there’s still some extra flab in the chest area that just won’t go away.
As with any surgical procedure, it’s important that candidates are healthy, don’t smoke, and don’t suffer from serious medical conditions or illnesses that can have an effect on the healing process. Men with a positive outlook and realistic expectations who are already near their ideal weight tend to see the best results from this surgery.
Choosing the Right Surgeon
While male breast reduction is becoming a more popular procedure in the U.S., there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to improving the contour of the chest. It’s important for men to choose an experienced surgeon with knowledge of the male figure and the training to back it up. Although similar in nature to a reduction surgery for women, breast reduction in men requires a different approach due to their unique physique. Dr. Diwan understands this and uses her years of experience with targeted liposuction to take a personalized approach to reducing embarrassing male breasts and providing you with the results you desire.
Getting Ready for the Procedure
Preparing yourself ahead of time can go a long way in maximizing the success of your breast reduction surgery. Feel free to ask questions during your initial consultation, and don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Diwan if any additional concerns come up between then and the operation. Remember that no question is too small or mundane when it comes to having surgery. You should feel confident and comfortable knowing that you have all the insight you need to take on this life-changing procedure.
It’s ideal to follow all pre-treatment instructions, and to make any arrangements with family and friends to assist you while you’re on the mend. You want to give yourself the very best opportunity to fully recover as quickly as possible so you can get back to doing what you love.
If you are interested in treating gynecomastia with male breast reduction in the Cleveland area, please schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Diwan at the Laser & Skin Surgery Center today.