Male Breast Reduction
Breast reduction for men is the surgical correction of over-developed or enlarged breasts in men, this procedure is also known as Gynaecomastia.
This procedure is common in men of any age. It can be the result of hormonal changes, heredity conditions, disease or the use of certain drugs. Though this condition is rarely talked about, it’s actually quite common.
Gynaecomastia affects an estimated 40 to 60 percent of men and may affect only one breast or both. It usually consists of two types of tissue: excess glandular tissue and fatty tissue in the breast. Though certain drugs and medical problems have been linked with male breast overdevelopment, there is no known cause in the vast majority of cases. A build up of tissue usually commences at puberty and the female sex hormone oestrogen is favoured.
For men who feel self-conscious about their appearance, surgery to remove breast tissue can help. The procedure removes fat or glandular tissue from the breasts, and in extreme cases removes excess skin, resulting in a chest that is flatter, firmer, and better contoured.
Gynecomastia can cause emotional discomfort and impair one’s self confidence. This breast tissue can’t be reduced by exercise as it is not excess fat or ‘flab’.
Understanding the procedure:
If excess glandular tissue is the primary cause of the breast enlargement, it will need to be excised. The incision is usually made around the areola and the excision may be performed either alone or in conjunction with liposuction. In a typical procedure, an incision is made in an inconspicuous location – either on the edge of the areola or in the underarm area. Working through the incision, the surgeon cuts away the excess glandular tissue, fat and skin from around the areola and from the sides and bottom of the breast.
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