Unfortunately, gynecomastia, or abnormally enlarged male breasts, is a topic that many men still feel ashamed to discuss. In reality, however, the condition is much more common than most people realize, with some estimates placing the number of men affected by the condition at 40-60% of the general population.

Who Gets Gynecomastia?

The term “gynecomastia” comes from Greek and means “woman-like breasts”.  It refers to the development of excess fat or glandular tissue over the breasts. It can occur in one breast or both at the same time. The causes of male breast enlargement range from genetic to acquired. In some men enlargement occurs due to conditions such as hormone imbalance, while in others it is acquired to from the use of drugs such as steroids.

There are also several developmental stages in which men are more likely to develop gynecomastia. These stages are infancy, adolescence, and old age. For some, the symptoms of breast enlargement pass on their own with time. For more severe cases in which gynecomastia does not regress on its own, surgery may be necessary.

What is Male Breast Reduction Surgery?

Surgery to correct male breast enlargement – also known as mammoplasty – is growing quickly in popularity. More and more men are recognizing the condition and taking steps to regain their confidence. The procedure is done on an outpatient basis with general or local anesthesia. A combination of liposuction and surgery may be used. The good new for male breast reduction patients is that although the procedure will leave small scars – often hidden in the natural contours of the chest – the reduction is most often permanent.

The recovery from breast reduction surgery is relatively easy and painless. Most patients will experience some swelling and bruising, along with a burning sensation in the area of the reduction. Most patients return to work within one week, although they may be asked to wear an elastic pressure garment for several weeks after to facilitate proper healing.

Who Is A Good Candidate for Breast Reduction Surgery?

The best candidates for breast reduction surgery are men who are both physically health and of a relatively healthy weight. It is also important that the breast development in the patient has stabilize and is not still changing. Non-smokers and non-drug users have the best results from surgery. The best way to find out if you are a good fit for male breast reduction surgery is to speak with a male breast surgery expert.

Regain Your Confidence with Male Breast Reduction Surgery?

Are you among the millions of men who feel embarrassed to do something as simple as take your shirt off at the beach? While there is no medical danger to male breast enlargement, the psychological effects can be profound. Because of this, more and more men are turning to male breast reduction surgery as a simple and effective way to get the flat, firm chest they desire.

You don’t have to live with the embarrassment and shame any longer. Contact a Los Angeles male breast reduction surgeon today to schedule your consultation and see what surgery can do for you.

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