Reasons Why Men choose Male Breast Reduction for Gynecomastia – All about Gyno by Dr Patrick Briggs, Plastic Surgeon
Dr Patrick Briggs is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon in Melbourne, Australia and performs gynecomastia using the Dr Lista technique. The prevalence of Gynecomastia surgery, also known as male breast reduction surgery, is increasing, as indicated by the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons. This procedure is quickly gaining popularity among Australian men, emerging as one of the most sought-after plastic surgery options. As gynecomastia becomes more prevalent, there’s a growing curiosity about the underlying reasons for the enlargement of male breasts as well as, the reasons why men choose Male Breast Reduction Surgery.
What is Male Breast Reduction Surgery (Gynecomastia)?
It seems that various factors including our lifestyles, eating habits, common medications, agricultural practices, and the natural ageing process could potentially contribute to the development of enlarged male breasts. Both weight gain and hormonal fluctuations (often linked with obesity), in addition to alcohol and substance use, contribute to higher rates of this.
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Many men who experience Gynecomastia are often want to reshape and reduce the size of their breast tissues.
Gynecomastia tends to be most prevalent among adolescent boys and men aged 50-70. While young boys can develop gynecomastia, the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons recommends waiting until the body or breast tissue has fully developed and stopped growing before considering male breast reduction surgery (Plastic Surgery for Gynecomastia).
Understanding the Triggers of Gynecomastia
Gynecomastia can stem from a complex interplay of factors, each contributing to its development, including;
Obesity and Hormonal Shifts
Obesity is associated with excess body fat, which can accumulate in the chest region. Hormonal balance plays a crucial role. While Testosterone is the “male” hormone and estrogen its “female” counterpart, both exist in all genders. The body’s equilibrium of these hormones must align within a typical range for each gender. Hormonal imbalances are more common than realised and can lead to varying outcomes, such as excess hair in women or enlarged breasts in men.
Illnesses and Health Conditions
Certain health issues can contribute to or directly cause gynecomastia. Conditions like obesity, chromosomal disorders, kidney failure, tumors, cirrhosis, malnutrition, hypogonadism, and hyperthyroidism have known links to the development of enlarged male breasts.
Medications and Altered Hormone Levels
Some medications may lead to gynecomastia as an unintended side effect. Steroids, antibiotics, heart medications, AIDS medication, anti-androgens, antidepressants, and ulcer medications are among those with potential links. It’s crucial to discuss the possible connection between your male breast condition and any prescribed medications with your medical team.
Substance Use and Alcohol Consumption
Substance abuse, including alcohol consumption, poses various health risks, including the development of gynecomastia. Alcohol can alter hormone levels, BMI, and fat-to-muscle ratios, potentially contributing to enlarged breasts in males. Narcotics like marijuana, amphetamines, methadone, and heroin have also been associated with gynecomastia.
How is Gynecomastia characterised and diagnosed?
Gynecomastia is characterised by the enlargement of male breast tissue, giving the appearance of breasts. It is diagnosed through a combination of physical examination, medical history assessment, and possibly additional tests. During the examination, a doctor will assess the size and firmness of the breast tissue, as well as any pain or tenderness. They may also inquire about factors like medications, family history, and any underlying medical conditions that could contribute to the condition. In some cases, blood tests or imaging studies might be recommended to rule out other potential causes and ensure an accurate diagnosis of gynecomastia.
why men choose Male Breast Reduction Surgery
Gynecomastia affects a significant portion, around 40-60%, of the male population. Numerous men are now opting for plastic surgery to reduce breast size and a flattened chest appearance.
Why Men choose Male Breast Reduction surgery for Gynecomastia
Some reasons why men choose this surgical option, include:
- Improved Physical Comfort: Enlarged breasts can lead to discomfort and physical limitations, affecting daily activities and exercise. Surgery may help alleviate these discomforts.
- Masculine shape: Gynecomastia can disrupt the shape of the chest, leading to a less masculine appearance. Male breast reduction surgery reshapes the chest.
Suitable Candidates for Male Breast Reduction Surgery
Male breast reduction surgery, or gynecomastia surgery, is designed to address the condition of enlarged breasts in men. If you are experiencing this and it is affecting your comfort, and overall well-being, you might be an candidate for the procedure. Here are some factors:
- Prominent Breast Tissue: If you have excessive breast tissue.
- Physical Discomfort: Enlarged breasts can lead to physical discomfort, including pain or sensitivity. If your daily activities or exercise routine are hindered due to breast discomfort, surgery may help.
- Stable Weight: It’s important to have a stable weight before considering male breast reduction surgery. Significant weight fluctuations can affect the results, so it’s advisable to reach a relatively stable weight before the procedure.
- Healthy Lifestyle: While male breast reduction surgery can address gynecomastia, maintaining a healthy lifestyle with proper nutrition and regular exercise is important for results.
- Realistic Expectations: Candidates have realistic expectations about the outcomes of the surgery. While the procedure can provide a flatter chest, it’s important to understand that perfection is not guaranteed.
- Non-Smoker: Being a non-smoker or willing to quit smoking before and after the surgery is essential, as smoking can interfere with the healing process.
Before undergoing male breast reduction surgery, it’s recommended to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon who has experience in gynecomastia treatment. They can assess your individual condition, discuss your goals, and provide personalised recommendations to get results.
Reasons for Male Breast Reduction
Male breast reduction surgery, also known as gynecomastia surgery, is chosen for different reasons. Here are some:
- Physical Comfort: Enlarged breast tissue can cause discomfort, pain, and sensitivity. Gynecomastia surgery can alleviate these physical issues, allowing you to engage in activities without discomfort.
- Enhanced Mobility: With a flatter chest, you may find changed ease of movement and physical activities. Engaging in exercises or sports can become more comfortable.
- Body Symmetry: Male breast reduction surgery can change symmetry.
- Results: Once the excess breast tissue is removed, the results of male breast reduction surgery are generally permanent, provided you maintain a stable weight and a healthy lifestyle.
Gynecomastia surgery is an option to address the physical aspects of enlarged male breasts. It allows patients to experience changed comfort and functionality.
Gynecomastia Surgery Procedure (Male Breast Reduction)
- Male breast reduction surgery alters the breast shape and removes excess fat and tissue through surgical incisions and/or liposuction.
- You will be put under general anesthesia and tiny incisions will be made underneath the folds of your breast.
- With a liposuction approach (either on its own but more often combined with surgical reduction of redundant skin), a small cannula is inserted into the area to break up the fat cells in the breast tissues, whilst removing them using suction-assisted technology.
For more information about the surgical aspects of Male Breast Reduction visit our Gynecomastia Surgery Page.
One of the reasons why men choose Male Breast Reduction Surgery is because results are typically permanent.
Be sure you follow Dr Briggs’s post-op healing instructions carefully and don’t overdo it – especially in terms of exercising. Only return to exercising once you’ve been cleared to do so by your Surgeon.
Surgery can help reduce, firm and change the appearance of your chest area.
Male breast reduction surgery can be performed in two key ways, which can also be done simultaneously.
- The first way is by male breast liposuction, but this is not always suitable for all patients.
- The other consists of Breast Tissue Excision, which is usually required if there is a lot of excess skin along with fat and glandular tissues
Depending on the severity and what is most suitable for your needs, your Surgeon can advise you on which procedure(s) will get you a flatter chest.
Meet Dr Patrick Briggs – Melbourne Plastic Surgeon
Dr Patrick Briggs, a qualified Plastic Surgeon in Melbourne, will be happy to meet with you and discuss recovery details and surgery scheduling options with you regarding your Gynecomastia surgery.
If you’d like to know more about procedures and Dr Briggs, one of Melbourne’s Specialist Plastic Surgeons, submit a confidential enquiry form or phone our Patient Care Advisors during clinic hours on (03) 8849 1444.
Dr Briggs sees both men and women for breast and body surgery at Coco Ruby Clinic in Hawthorn East.
Dr Patrick Briggs Melbourne
Dr Patrick Briggs FRACS (Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons) is a Specialist Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon.
Both he and his team are dedicated to patient care and are committed to treating each and every patient with respect and privacy.
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