Male Breast Surgery

Gynecomastia is a surprisingly common condition that causes the enlargement of male breast tissue. This is often colloquially referred to as “man boobs” and is a condition that affects a significant portion of the male population. Not only can this lead to a negative self image, but it can also cause physical discomfort too. Male breast surgery can help to resolve this issue, and it can bring a number of benefits.

What are the causes of gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia symptoms can appear at any stage of life, including infancy and old age, but it is most commonly seen during puberty and middle age. This is because there are a wide range of causes of this condition including:

  • Medication side effects
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Underlying medical conditions
  • Obesity

It’s important to understand the medical causes of gynecomastia before undertaking surgical intervention. 

For many men, gynecomastia can be a source of profound self-consciousness, reducing quality of life and self esteem. Male breast surgery offers a practical solution and can bring a wide range of benefits and advantages.

What is male breast surgery?

Male breast surgery is a reduction mammoplasty that can reduce the size of enlarged breast tissue and recontour the chest for a flatter, more masculine appearance. This is achieved in two different ways, depending on the needs and requirements of the patient, including liposuction and tissue excision.

Liposuction can be very beneficial for patients for whom the gynecomastia is primarily caused by excess fatty tissue. This is because liposuction can remove excess fat in the localised area by making small incisions for a thin tube to be inserted; through which the excess fat will be removed. This is a minimally invasive procedure that leaves minimal scarring and allows for a fast recovery time. 

Alternatively, tissue excision is the method of choice when glandular breast tissue or excess skin needs to be removed. This approach involves larger incisions, which can lead to more noticeable scarring. However, it is very effective for removing significant amounts of excess tissue. 

With two highly effective options available for treatment, it’s essential to consult with a qualified, experienced and skilled plastic surgeon to determine the most appropriate surgical technique for your specific condition. 

What are the risks of male breast surgery?

As with any other type of surgical procedure, there are risks involved with male breast surgery. These risks most commonly include infection, scarring, changes in nipple sensation, and uneven results. However, when performed by a skilled and experienced surgeon, like Dr Gawad here at Mr Plastic Surgeon, these risks are significantly minimised, and the benefits often outweigh the potential downsides.

Recovering from male breast surgery 

The recovery process following male breast surgery typically involves wearing a compression garment to reduce swelling and support the healing process. While patients will be able to drive between 1 and 2 weeks after surgery, it will be 2 to 3 weeks before they can carry out strenuous physical activity. It’s important to follow all aftercare and recovery advice given by the surgeon after male breast surgery.

Results of male breast surgery

After surgery, there are a range of results that are anticipated. Many people note an increase in self esteem, confidence and mental wellbeing as a result of more contoured and flatter chest tissue. This also has physical benefits too, though it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle to prevent  gynecomastia from recurring.

For more information, or for professional male breast surgery in the UK or Cairo, get in touch with Dr El Gawad today, here at Mr Plastic Surgeon