Men can have a condition called gynecomastia or abnormal breast development. With this condition there is enlargement of one or both of the breasts. This condition is quite common and can affect up to half of all men. Gynecomastia can be caused by abnormal hormones, puberty, tumors, obesity, smoking marijuana, drinking alcohol, taking various medications, and from certain medical conditions.
Men with gynecomastia often refuse to remove their shirts in public or hide their condition under baggy sweatshirts to avoid embarrassment. Unfortunately, there is no exercise or nutritional program that can resolve this condition. There are surgical techniques plastic surgeons can use to remove this excessive breast tissue.
Male Breast Reduction Surgery is intended for healthy adult males with emotional stability. The best candidates for this procedure are men at their ideal weight with firm skin and good elasticity. It must be determined by your doctor that the reason for your gynecomastia is not due to an underlying condition that may cause you to have the tendency for the breast tissue to grow back.
Male breast reduction surgery is typically about a two hour procedure performed under general anesthesia. Depending upon the amount of tissue that needs to be removed will determine if only liposuction is required. The plastic surgeon Dr Michael Zacharia may have to use a scalpel to remove excessive tissue, fat, glandular tissue, and skin. This will most likely be done by creating an incision around the areola or in the axillary region.
Recovery time will be similar to that of a woman having breast reduction surgery. You will be following the same precautions and will need to use a compression garment. Most of the side effects will subside with one to two weeks. Work can be resumed at this time; however there will be a stipulation that strenuous activities and lifting are to be avoided.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, this procedure costs between $5,000-$6,000. There is a possibility that male breast reduction surgery will be covered by your health care provider if the development is caused by an underlying medical condition.