Breast reductions aren’t just for women. In fact, 40% of patients for these procedures are men.
This is because of the prominence of gynecomastia, a condition which causes enlarged breast tissue to grow in men. It’s fairly common, affecting around 65% of men. However, it can occur at any age, and is often seen in newborns and teenage boys, too.
There is a range of gynecomastia treatment options available. In this article, we’ll tell you what they are.
Choices for Gynecomastia Treatment
Read on to find out what causes gynecomastia and what you can do about it.
Gynecomastia often affects overweight men. If the prominence of the chest area is caused mostly by fat than by glandular tissue, then liposuction is the best form of treatment.
Liposuction is completely safe and minimally invasive. In some cases, it can be carried out using only local anesthetics.
It’s also very fast, usually only taking 1 or 2 hours to complete. A small incision is made in the chest, through which excess fat is removed using a tube and a vacuum device. As a result, the chest area is contoured to appear more masculine.
After the procedure, patients can expect to experience some bruising and swelling. They can return to work within two weeks of recovery, but will have to avoid exercise and other strenuous activities for around 4 weeks.
Male Breast Reduction
A male breast reduction procedure is a little more complex. As well as liposuction, it also includes the removal of other tissue.
This is often used when gynecomastia is caused by hormone imbalances, substance abuse, or underlying health conditions.
Patients are put under general anesthetic, and excess breast tissue is surgically removed. Liposuction is used to remove any surrounding fat cells, reducing the chest area even further.
This procedure is used when gynecomastia symptoms include the excess development of glandular tissue and asymmetrical breasts.
Patients can return to work and their normal routine two weeks after the procedure.
Surgery is not always required. In many cases, medication can be used.
These include drugs that are usually used to treat breast cancer, such as Evista, Arimidex, and Tamoxifen. These drugs have been shown to reduce breast tissue. However, in mature cases, they may not be the most effective course of action.
Also, the FDA has not approved these medications to be used specifically for this purpose. Instead, they’re only approved for the treatment of breast cancer.
Gynecomastia can be caused by the use of certain drugs and medications. These include anabolic steroids, heroin, antidepressants, and epilepsy medications.
Find the Right Doctor
In order to get the best results from your gynecomastia treatment, it’s important that you choose your surgeon wisely.
The right doctor should have a great reputation, a long list of qualifications, and extensive experience in the field.
Dr. Mark Fetter has all of these. He’s an extensively trained plastic surgeon, specializing in breast procedures.
If you’re interested in finding out more or moving forward with treatment with Dr. Fetter, book a consultation.