Large breasts are a sign of attractiveness, youth and fertility but only in women. Unfortunately, some men also suffer from a condition in which they develop enlarged breasts which is medically known as gynecomastia. It can be an uncomfortable and embarrassing condition for men to have breasts that poke and protrude through their shirts. After all it is a womanly trait.
Gynecomastia can be common in men of any age. It can be the result of hormone changes, genetic conditions, excessive weight gain, disease or use of certain drugs. This condition can hinder your self-confidence especially during activities that require being shirt-less like swimming or going to the sauna or in intimate situations.
Gynecomastia comprises of characteristics including, excess localized fat, excess glandular tissue development, and a combination of the preceding two. It can be present in one breast or both.
Amongst many adult men, enlarged breasts are a result of a decrease in the levels of male sex hormone, testosterone, which naturally diminishes as they age. Additionally, men also gain fat with age and a rise in the female sex hormone estrogen. Certain medications can also cause gynecomastia including antibiotics, ulcer medications, tricyclic antidepressants, heart medications, cancer treatments, anabolic steroids. Drugs such as marijuana, amphetamines, heroin and the use of alcohol are also causal factors.
The world can be cruel to a man with large breasts. Some sufferers of gynecomastia may be by bothered by this while it may not affect others. If this condition bothers you then Male breast reduction or a mammaplasty is the best option for you. Male breast reduction in Dubai is now an option available for you to benefit from.
Some frequently asked questions regarding male breast reduction are the following:
How do I know if I am the right candidate for this procedure?
You are the right candidate for this procedure if you:
- Are in good physical health and have a normal weight
- Have realistic expectations with the outcome of the surgery
- Your breast development has stopped
- Your large breasts bother you
- Alternative medical treatments cannot correct your condition
- Are a non-smoker and non-drug user
- Have overall positive goals with the procedure
How is the male breast reduction surgery performed?
This surgery is performed in a surgical facility and an overnight hospital stay is recommended. The surgery takes an hour and a half to complete but a more extensive surgery may take longer depending upon the individual’s case. Patients prefer to have the surgery performed under general anesthesia although it could also be performed under local anesthesia with sedation. You can discuss with your surgeon which option you find best. If your breasts consist mainly of excessive fatty tissue then liposuction may be the best option for you. If excess glandular tissue is the primary cause, the tissue may be removed surgically. Sometimes this excision can be performed in conjunction with liposuction.
What is the recovery process like for male breast reduction?
Your cosmetic surgeon will apply dressings and bandages to your incisions with an elastic bandage or support garment to minimize swelling and support your chest as it heals. A thin, small tube may be placed under the skin to drain excess fluid that may gather. Your doctor will give you instructions on how to care for your surgical sites following surgery, medications to take orally and ointments to apply to reduce the recovery process and reduce the risk of infections.
What are the risks associated with male breast reduction?
As with any surgery, male breast reduction can have possible risks and complications too, these include:
- Unfavorable scarring
- Slow wound healing
- Changes in nipple or breast sensation
- Irregular pigmentation
- Fluid loss
However, a skilled and experienced surgeon will make sure to provide the proper treatment to reduce these risks from occurring. It is very important to ask your surgeon as many questions as possible and follow proper after care instructions to minimize the risk as much as possible.
It is up to you to evaluate the costs and benefits of the procedure and if you feel that the gains outweigh the costs then it would be plausible to go ahead with the surgery. A consultation with our doctors will enlighten you with all you need to know regarding this procedure for example whether you are an eligible candidate, which method of breast reduction would be best for you and what time period would be best for you to undergo this surgery.
The cosmetic surgeons at Dubai Cosmetic Surgery have years of experience with such procedures and are surely to come up with the best option for you.