Many men root their confidence in their strong and masculine physique. It is understandable then, that the appearance of overly large breasts can make it difficult for a man to accept and find confidence in his appearance. While men often desire a change, they are understandably hesitant to seek out professional advice and take the required steps to reduce their chest size.
Here, we explore why men hold off on getting male breast reduction and why they shouldn’t.
I Am Just Overweight
While weight may be a factor in some cases, men of all shapes, sizes, and weight are affected by gynecomastia. A condition defined by the presence of excess tissue in the breast area, gynecomastia is not only caused by fat cells but also an influx of extra breast tissue. While a healthy diet and exercise may reduce the size of your breasts, gynecomastia cannot be fully treated without surgical help. Male breast reduction excises both fat cells and breast tissue to decrease, shape, and construct a more masculine appearing chest.
I Am the Only One
Embarrassed, many men choose not to talk about their struggle with gynecomastia—leaving many men feeling alienated and alone. This is far from the truth. It is believed that 30 to 40 percent of men will struggle with gynecomastia at some point during their life—a figure that only increases with age. It is believed that one out of two elderly men will develop enlarged breasts.
Male breast reduction surgery is becoming an increasingly popular procedure. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reported that the number of men who underwent surgery increased by five percent to 27,500 in 2015—representing a 35 percent increase since the year 2000.
I Am Afraid the Surgery Will Be Obvious to Others
Our team of board certified plastic surgeons use the utmost discretion as they plan and perform your male breast reduction. For the majority of our patients, we are able to correct enlarged breasts solely through liposuction. Small incisions are expertly placed away from the breast and along the side of the chest wall.
Your surgeon may suggest that a lift also be performed in extreme cases where loose skin is present. This allows your surgeon to safely remove glandular tissue and tighten any excess and sagging skin. An incision is discreetly placed along the border of the areola. Regardless, a skilled surgeon ensures that residual scarring is kept to a minimum and in most cases, traces of your surgery are nearly imperceptible to others.
Male Breast Reduction at UCI Plastic Surgery
At UCI Plastic Surgery, we understand that the presence of male breasts can be a sensitive and often uncomfortable subject for our male patients. We focus our efforts on providing you with a discreet and relaxed experience suited to best meet your needs.
Male breast reduction can be a truly life altering surgery and can men rebuild their confidence in a way they never believed possible. Please schedule a consultation with one of our board certified plastic surgeons to learn if you are a candidate for male breast reduction.