People often misconstrue what is really happening when some men have overly large breasts. They assume it’s a simple result of carrying extra weight. Reality can be quite different.
Many men, estimates place the number between 40 to 60%, suffer from gynecomastia, the clinical term for enlarged male breasts. Most men do nothing about their enlarged breasts, other than maybe being reluctant to remove their shirts when at the beach or on a boat. The condition can really impact a man’s self-esteem.
Dr. Ferraro performs male breast reduction surgery to correct the condition. He removes excess skin, fat, and glandular tissue from the breasts, returning them to a normal size, and at the same time returning the patient’s self-confidence.
Causes Of Gynecomastia
There isn’t a direct cause/effect with gynecomastia. The condition is very common in teenage boys going through puberty, affecting up to 70% of them. In these younger patients, the cause is hormonal. Both estrogen and testosterone surge during this time, dictating changes such as enlarged breasts. In teens, this condition passes with the end of puberty.
A variety of factors are thought to possibly be behind enlarged breasts in middle-age and older men. Hormones shift again during this time of life. Also, regularly taking certain medications is linked to gynecomastia: antibiotics, anti-anxiety drugs, steroids, heartburn treatment drugs, tricyclic antidepressants, and AIDS treatment drugs.
Heavy drinking and use of marijuana and heroin can trigger the condition, as well as use of certain herbal products such as tea tree oil and lavender oil.
Candidates For Male Breast Reduction Surgery
Men with gynecomastia have a firm, rubbery mass underneath the nipple area. This area is sensitive to touch and is usually two inches or less in diameter.
Men whose breasts have grown along with weight gain are not candidates for the procedure. These potential patients need to first lose the excess weight to see if the enlarged breasts go away with the extra pounds. And if you smoke marijuana regularly or are a heavy drinker, surgery is not an option.
The Male Breast Reduction Procedure
After Dr. Ferraro has considered your condition and determined it to be gynecomastia, he’ll advise you about the surgery. The procedure is straightforward. Dr. Ferraro makes small incisions either in the armpit or around the areola so scarring isn’t visible. He then removes excess fat and glandular tissue, and trims excess skin. He may use liposuction to remove extra fat.
Recovery From Gynecomastia Surgery
Recovery is not difficult. Patients will have some swelling and discomfort, but this doesn’t endure. The patient will need to wear a compression garment to help his chest adhere to its new contour, but otherwise can return to normal activities within a week. Exercise, especially involving the chest, will need to be delayed a few weeks.