While ‘large breasts’ on men do not cause serious health problems, many people can develop lowered self-esteem, as well as physical discomfort from this condition. Additionally, excess weight in that area can interfere with living an active lifestyle.
Also known as gynecomastia, male breast reduction surgery is a solution for men who want to remove excess fat from their chests, as well as diminish the size of their areolas or nipples to achieve a more traditionally masculine stature.
The best candidate for this cosmetic surgery is someone who is bothered by their appearance and can’t eliminate the fat from diet and exercise alone. Dr. Ryan Frank in Calgary, AB specializes in this procedure and can help you decide if this is the right option.
What’s The Cause?
Excess fat in the chest area of men is oftentimes caused by poor diet and weight gain, but that is not the only contributor. Certain medications can cause the development of breasts, as well as genetics, hormonal irregularities, and age. Your doctor can help you figure out what the underlying cause is if you’re a male growing breasts.
If you are a heavy drinker, smoker, or steroid taker, you are not the best candidate for this procedure. Excess fat in the breasts is due to lifestyle choices instead of an inability to reduce their size.
What Can I Expect?
Gynecomastia is typically performed by using general anesthesia. The doctor then has two options about how to make incisions on the patient depending on what is causing the growth of the breasts. If they are caused by excess fatty tissue, the doctor will perform liposuction on the area through the lower halves of the areola or in the underarms.
If there is excess glandular tissue in the male breasts, the doctor will implement a surgical incision instead, and reposition the nipples and areola.
Patients are completely asleep during the procedure, and only experience minor discomfort during recovery time.
Schedule a consultation for gynecomastia with Dr. Ryan Frank at our office in Calgary, AB by calling 403-245-1228 today.