When a man is overweight, it’s not uncommon at all for him to develop large, pendulous breasts similar to what you’d expect to find on a woman. What is lesser-known, however, is that this can happen to any man at any age, weight or fitness level. This condition is called gynecomastia, and it sometimes resolves on its own. It’s caused by a wide array of factors, including medications, puberty or aging. If it doesn’t resolve by itself, male breast reduction surgery can help you to say goodbye to your gynecomastia for good.
The Nature of Gynecomastia
It’s actually quite common for a male to have a swelling of the breast tissue over the pectoral muscles on his chest. Sometimes it happens in newborns because the male baby was exposed to all his mother’s female hormones. This usually resolves within the first few weeks of life as the baby boy’s own biology asserts itself and the excess hormones are flushed out. It’s also quite common among pubescent boys, as their hormones can change rapidly and be unstable as they journey toward manhood. It can also happen when a man transitions from middle age to his senior years in his fifties or sixties, again due to hormone changes. For many patients, male breast reduction surgery may be the only solution.
A Word About Chest Binding
Some boys and men are so ashamed by the formation of large breasts that they attempt to hide it by binding the chest with bandages. This is not a good idea, as the chest needs to be able to expand and relax as a person breathes. This also poses a danger of disfiguring the ribs, especially if the man is young. Just as women shouldn’t wear their bras too tight, men should not bind their chests.
The Male Breast Reduction Procedure
This surgery is rather straightforward. It usually involves the removal of excess breast tissue and the repositioning of the remaining tissue. Most men can go home on the same day as their outpatient procedure. It is important to take it easy during recovery and follow our team’s instructions regarding healing. Once you have fully healed, you can enjoy a more masculine-looking chest.
If you or someone you love is dealing with unresolved gynecomastia, male breast reduction surgery may be the best solution. Feel free to schedule a consultation at Nova Cosmetic Center in Orlando to learn more about this procedure. Dr. Karlin and his team would be delighted to help you put this unwanted condition behind you. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment.