Many people may be unaware that men can get a breast reduction too. A reduction is the best treatment for gynecomastia, known as enlarged male breasts. There can be many reasons men experience enlarged breasts, whether it be genetics, certain medications or other unknown causes. Losing weight may help the situation, but in most cases it cannot fix the whole problem. It is extremely common for men to experience this, and they can turn to a male breast reduction. Breast reduction is the only treatment for enlarged breasts that has long-lasting results. Nearly 50% of men in the United States are currently suffering from this, so you are not alone. Breast enlargement can occur at any age, so a reduction can be safely performed even in the teenage years.
This procedure requires general anesthesia, so it will be performed at an outpatient center. There are two different approaches, depending on what is causing the enlargement. If there is fatty tissue in the breasts, then liposuction can be performed to remove it. If there is excess breast tissue, then that tissue and skin will be removed. Depending on the patient, Dr. Roussalis will relocate the areola and it will be resized and positioned to benefit the overall aesthetic. He will try his best to hide the scar in the body’s natural contour, but visibility is still possible.
You will notice an improvement in the shape and appearance of your breasts immediately after surgery, while the final results will take weeks or months to show. Swelling may also be noticeable at first, but this will resolve itself as time goes on. You will experience some soreness, but the pain will be minimal. If needed, Dr. Roussalis will prescribe pain medication, but most patients find Tylenol to be effective. Most patients are able to return to work just days after surgery, and Dr. Roussalis will give you guidelines on your activity restrictions.
The results of this surgery are meant to be permanent. In order to keep them you will need to maintain a healthy diet and exercise regimen. If you are interested in learning more, and want to schedule a consultation with Dr. Roussalis to see if breast reduction is right for you, visit us online today!