Men can be reluctant to disclose body issues that affect their ‘manly’ status. It might be surprising to learn that almost half of all men have enlarged male breasts (gynaecomastia), resulting in negative body image and potential reluctance toward intimacy. With such a large percentage of the male population confronting gynaecomastia, yet so little acknowledgement of the condition, there must be a lot of men avoiding form-fitting clothing and activities that would otherwise enhance their quality of life.
There is no complete consensus of opinion regarding the causes of gynaecomastia, although certain drugs, medical conditions and fluctuations in weight are suspected influences. Fortunately, male breast reduction surgery has become accepted, and is now one of the more common cosmetic surgery procedures. It’s a simple surgery when performed by experts such as Dr Laniewski, with great outcomes that include very little noticeable scarring.
The surgery is a great option for healthy men of any age, and especially useful for those who have lost weight through exercise and dietary restrictions. Those who are presently obese, drinking and smoking excessively, or using anabolic steroids are first advised to modify their behaviour, lose weight and tone the body with exercise. Men with firm, elastic skin may not require breast reduction surgery at all once their physique has returned to a healthier, trimmer condition.
If male breast issues are still prominent, even after losing weight, gynaecomastia surgery is the best option.
A more masculine looking chest with improved contour will be the result, and there are a range of life-enhancing benefits.
Surgical outcomes are significant and permanent. A stronger looking, firm chest is attractive, and jibes about ‘man boobs’ will become a thing of the past.
The goal of the operation is to reduce breast size and enhance the chest contour. An incision will be made either under the arm or at the junction of the skin and areola (ring of colour around the nipple) to remove excess glandular tissue. Gynaecomastia surgery can also be performed in conjunction with liposuction for enhanced results.
In cases where the excess tissue is mostly fat, and the skin is in good condition, liposuction may be all that is required. Excess fat can be removed through incisions that are almost undetectable upon recovery. For patients with greater amounts of glandular tissue a surgical excision of the tissue is required.
The surgery itself will only take between 1 to 3 hours on an outpatient basis. General anaesthesia is administered by a certified staff member, and you will be able to recover from the operation in the comfort of your own home.
Wounds are dressed and a support garment worn for several weeks to help minimise swelling and assist in contouring the chest. Recovery speeds for gynaecomastia surgery vary depending on general health and the surgery plan, but most men feel comfortable enough to return to work within one week.
Initial swelling and bruising should subside quite quickly but localised numbness can last for several months. In rare cases, healing can be impeded by fluid accumulation or infection that will be treated by a doctor.
Long lasting results are achieved by sticking to a diet plan to maintain a healthy weight, and limiting alcohol, medications or supplements that can contribute to weight gain and hormonal changes.
Cosmetic surgery is no longer just a Hollywood fad, and both men and women appreciate the opportunity to look great and feel even better.