For a More Masculine Profile
Gynecomastia is a medical term that refers to an excess of male breast tissue. Male breast cancer is a relatively rare condition, so in general there’s nothing inherently risky about male breasts and there are no known medical complications that come from having them—but that doesn’t mean that male breasts don’t carry with them a wide range issues. Indeed, men who have excess male breast tissue generally report a strong sense of dissatisfaction, lower self-esteem, and anxiety when it comes to self-confidence. Male breast tissue can keep you from taking off your shirt at the beach or, more broadly, feeling good about your body.
In order to combat these issues, many men elect to have their excess male breast tissues removed surgically. This is a sensible course of action, especially in cases where diet and exercise prove ineffective. Excess male breast tissue can occur for two distinctly different reasons, hypertrophy of the breast tissue itself or excess fat due to weight gain. Male breast tissue is immune to diet, exercise, and combinations of the two, making it very difficult to eliminate tissue. Surgery, then, is often the most effective course of action for many men. Diet and exercise may help if the excess is due to weight gain but often times you can be left with residual fat and skin after weight loss has been achieved. The results of the surgery often generate a more masculine profile and, therefore, higher self-esteem and a boost of confidence.
What is Gynecomastia?
It is estimated that 40-60% of men have some degree of excess breast tissue, known as gynecomastia. This is by far one of the most common reasons that men in the Milwaukee area seek cosmetic surgery. Many factors affect male breast enlargement including age, heredity, hormone levels, use of certain medications, drug/alcohol use and/or weight gain. There are a variety of possible causes for the development of excess breast tissue in men; however the most common cause of gynecomastia is weight gain/obesity. Despite weight loss through diet and exercise excess breast tissue can oftentimes persist. While this condition does not usually represent a risk to a man’s overall health, it can cause a high degree of anxiety and issues with self-confidence.
Male breast reduction with Dr. Bosbous can assist men in restoring chest contour, helping boost self-image and increasing self-confidence. Dr. Bosbous prides himself on his personalized and safe patient care, only operating at fully accredited hospitals and surgical centers. His procedures are always individualized, and a trusting relationship is formed with patients to make your plastic surgery experience as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.
Am I a Good Candidate to Receive Gynecomastia Surgery in Milwaukee?
There are some common factors in patients who receive gynecomastia surgery from Dr. Bosbous, but candidates do not have to exhibit all of these factors to be considered valid patients—indeed scheduling a consultation is the best way to proceed if you feel as though you’d be a good candidate for gynecomastia surgery.
You might be a good candidate for gynecomastia surgery if you exhibit some of the following characteristics:
- You have an excess of male breast tissue
- The male breast tissue does not recede with diet or exercise
- You are currently of a relatively stable weight
- You are generally healthy enough for surgery
- You have realistic expectations about what this procedure can accomplish
In other words, if you are a healthy male and feel that you have excess breast tissue or fat you may be a candidate for treatment of gynecomastia.
The Male Breast Reduction Procedure
Dr. Bosbous has been trained in several techniques to eliminate excessive breast tissue in men, and during your one-on-one consultation, he will provide you with your individualized surgical plan. First and foremost he will take a complete history and perform a physical examination to determine the cause of your increase in breast size.
Once you have decided on the most effective course of action, you will be scheduled for surgery. Gynecomastia is performed under general anesthesia, in a hospital or surgery center setting. It is common for the gynecomastia procedure to include the use of liposuction, especially in cases of weight loss/weight gain. This will remove the excess fatty tissue from the chest wall that may be contributing to the enlarged appearance of your breasts. The procedure is performed as an outpatient procedure and the surgery typically lasts about 2 hours.
Depending on the severity of the condition, removal of excess skin or repositioning/reduction of the nipple and areola may be necessary. In most cases, Dr. Bosbous will do all he can to make sure that any scarring is subtle and easily hidden, though this will vary depending on the extent of the work done and the desired final results.
Dr. Bosbous will guide you through your procedure, helping to set realistic expectations and explaining the risks, benefits and your anticipated postoperative course.
To view before and after photos of actual male breast reduction patients click here.
Recovery and Results
There is very little recovery time from the procedure; however, Dr. Bosbous recommends patients leave time for at least 4-5 days of down time. Vigorous activity including exercise and weight lifting should not resume for 3-4 weeks following the procedure. After surgery, patients will be placed in a compression dressing/garment and may have drain tubes in place depending on the surgical technique used. Patients will be provided detailed postoperative instructions by Dr. Bosbous in an effort to minimize complications.
Once the swelling subsides, you should be able to further appreciate the results of your surgery. Most men who undergo gynecomastia surgery report an immediate sense of relief and happiness. This is generally because the results of this procedure restore a sense of masculinity to the patient. Many of our patients then feel comfortable walking around without a shirt (something they previously were uncomfortable with the thought of) and report an increase in self-esteem, self-confidence and quality of life.
So if you’re suffering from discomfort caused by excessive male breast tissue, you should know that you don’t have to continue suffering. You can ease that discomfort through plastic surgery, especially if diet and exercise are not helping (or if diet and exercise created the problem in the first place). Gynecomastia surgery in the Milwaukee area may be a covered insurance benefit.
If you’re interested in creating a more masculine profile for yourself, contact Dr. Bosbous to schedule your confidential consultation right away.