Gynecomastia, the enlargement of breasts in men, affects men of all different sizes, shapes, and health. Fleshy tissue along with excessive fat on the chest appears as large breasts. Enlarged breast tissue can develop in young men during puberty. Gynecomastia also poses a risk to older men as testosterone levels decline with age. Regardless of age, if you are a man with enlarged breasts, this condition can be detrimental to your self-esteem and confidence. Fortunately, male breast reduction is an option.
Is Male Breast Reduction for You?
Different factors qualify men for male breast reduction. How do you know if you qualify? Any man who feels uncomfortable with his enlarged breasts can make an ideal candidate.
If you’re self-conscious about your enlarged breasts, you may qualify. Maybe you find yourself dressing a certain way to conceal your enlarged breasts. Perhaps you cannot imagine yourself enjoying a day at the beach without wearing a shirt to hide your enlarged breasts. Your enlarged breasts might cause you to be depressed and in need of a boost in self-confidence.
These are all real world concerns that could negatively affect your life because of breast swelling. This procedure could change your life for the better and allow you to feel comfortable in your own body.
Are You Healthy?
Before undergoing a surgical procedure for male breast reduction, you must be in good health. Patients need to realize conditions that might make them a poor candidate for gynecomastia treatment. Psychological issues or certain medical conditions might make a poor candidate for male breast reduction.
Maintaining a Healthy and Stable Weight
It is important for patients to be at a healthy and stable weight for the procedure. Unfortunately, being overweight might disqualify a potential candidate for the procedure. If you are overweight, you should return to a healthy weight through a balanced diet and daily exercise prior to surgery. If you are at a healthy weight and suffer from gynecomastia, male breast reduction surgery is most likely an option.
Understanding Your Medications
Some medications cause gynecomastia. Communicating with your primary care physician about your dosage for prescribed prostate, anxiety, or heart medications could minimize your enlarged breasts.
Does Age Matter?
Men as young as 16 have had male breast reduction. Teenage boys who have suffered from enlarged breasts for two years could qualify for the procedure. Working within these guidelines helps you and our doctor make the final decision.
While male breast reduction probably won’t leave you with the perfectly sculpted pectoral muscles of a professional athlete, reducing male breast enlargement typically leads to an appropriate male shaped chest. The goal for all plastic surgeries is to create natural-looking results.
If you feel you’re an ideal candidate for male breast reduction, please consult the experts at Chernoff Cosmetic Surgery to find out for sure. Contact us today to book your appointment at our office in Santa Rosa!