There was a time when the overwhelming majority of plastic surgery patients were women. Nowadays, it isn’t at all unusual for a man to pursue plastic surgery to correct features that bother him. Plastic surgeons like Dr. Samuel Pearl and Dr. Alexander Ereso have seen a noticeable uptick in the number of men requesting plastic surgery.
In this post, Dr. Pearl and Dr. Ereso want to discuss one of the most popular procedures among male patients: male breast reduction to correct gynecomastia.
Gynecomastia is a condition in which men develop enlarged or oversized breasts. It may occur due to hormonal changes, genetic factors or medication use. Men with true gynecomastia have excessive glandular tissue, which cannot be reduced through diet and exercise efforts like fat reduction can. Glandular tissue must be removed surgically. The weight of the tissue can cause the breasts to sag and the areolas (dark skin surrounding the nipple) may enlarge as well.
Gynecomastia is often associated with feelings of emotional discomfort and low self-esteem. Many men with gynecomastia withdraw from social activities and intimacy because they are embarrassed by feminine-looking breasts.
Male Breast Reduction Surgery
During gynecomastia correction, Dr. Pearl and Dr. Ereso excise excess breast tissue and use liposuction techniques to remove additional excess fatty tissue from the breasts and chest. This flattens the breasts and creates a more masculine-looking chest contour. The addition of ultrasonic liposuction can be used to help tighten sagging skin. The size of an enlarged areola is also reduced. Dr. Pearl and Dr. Ereso perform the entire operation through a small incision along the lower border of the areola which, when healed, becomes inconspicuous.
Anesthesia is administered for complete patient comfort. Scarring is minimal and a return to normal routine occurs after about a week. Men usually take a week or less off from work after surgery, and are able to resume normal exercise about a month post-op. The results continue to improve for three to six months after surgery.
Men typically experience a boost in self-confidence and happiness after surgery. The confidence that comes from having a defined, masculine chest is undeniable. Many men find themselves eager to expand their social lives, move forward with their careers and re-enter the dating pool after gynecomastia correction.
Contact Pearl-Ereso Plastic Surgery Center
If you or a loved one is experiencing low self-esteem due to oversized “man boobs,” Dr. Pearl and Dr. Ereso can help. Please call or email Pearl-Ereso Plastic Surgery Center to book a consultation to discuss your treatment options.