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Gynaecomastia in Men

Gynaecomastia in Men

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Gynaecomastia in men is the term used to refer to the enlargement of the male breast tissue. It is a condition that can have many causes, which is why the treatment for this condition may vary as well. To understand enlargement of the breasts in male patients, and discover the various treatment options available, please read our information below.

What Causes Gynaecomastia in Men?

Even though there are many causes for gynaecomastia, the most common are obesity and a hormonal imbalance. To understand how this manifests itself, please read our short overview below.

Hormonal Imbalance

The human body contains a hormone that promotes the growth of breast tissue; this hormone is called oestrogen. However, there are also hormones that can hinder the growth of breast tissue, more specifically androgens. While a normal hormone balance inside the body of a male patient will not influence the growth of breast tissue, when there is a reduction in testosterone production and an increase in oestrogen production, the growth of breast tissue may increase.

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Naturally, hormonal imbalances do not occur out of nowhere, so the hormonal balance itself can have an underlying cause; this includes medical conditions increasing the production of oestrogen, medical conditions reducing the levels of testosterone and more.

Patients suffering from a hormonal imbalance, may need medication to control the problem. By managing hormone levels through medication, the further growth of breast tissue can be stopped.

Obesity

Patients struggling with obesity are more likely to develop enlarged breasts, since fat needs to be stored somewhere and the chest region is one of the possible places. In these cases, most men can reduce the size of
their breasts by making some lifestyle changing and losing weight. When the male patient finally reaches his ideal bodyweight, the breasts may have decreased in size.

We do need to mention that some fat deposits can be quite persistent. Even though most male patients can get rid of their enlarged breasts by dieting, there is a small percentage of men that will struggle to shed the excess fat tissue in the breasts by diet and exercise alone.


Discover Gynaecomastia in Men Advantages!

An increasingly large amount of patients now opt for a Gynaecomastia in men procedure. During man boob surgery, the surgeon may also contour the chest area; this may be necessary after the patient had some dramatic weight loss.

If you’re looking to remove fat from the breast, get a free consultation at Melbourne clinic with Dr Lanzer.

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When Is Male Breast Reduction of Man Boob Surgery Used?

Male breast reduction is a suitable treatment option for gynaecomastia in men. However, if the underlying cause is obesity, the surgeon may recommend dieting and exercising before choosing man boob surgery.

During man boob surgery, a cosmetic surgeon will remove excess fat and glandular tissue. In some cases, excess skin can also be removed during man boob surgery. 

How Is Man Boob Surgery Performed?

A male breast reduction is performed under local or general anaesthetic. The use of a specific type of anaesthetic is subject to the surgical techniques used by the surgeon, but also subject to the patient, since more nervous patients may require a general anaesthetic to make them more comfortable during the procedure.

When the patient is sufficiently sedated, the surgeon will commence the procedure by making a small incision around the nipple (areola). Once the incision is in place, the surgeon can insert a small tube or cannula, which is used to remove the excess fat from the breast area.

In some cases, the surgeon may need to use tissue excision to remove fat and glandular tissue from the breast area; this is usually the case when the surgeon needs to remove a larger amount of fat and glandular tissue, and when removal with regular liposuction techniques during male breast reduction is not possible. During this procedure, the surgeon may need to extend the incisions and reposition the nibbles to create a more masculine chest.

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What Is the Recovery Time After a Male Breast Reduction?

The recovery time after a male breast reduction is subject to two things: the individual healing process of the patient and the scope of the male breast reduction procedure. In general, the more tissue removed during the procedure, the longer it will take for the patient to recover. However, there are exceptions to this general rule, because each patient heals in his own time.

Patients should take some time off work after a male breast reduction procedure, even if they tend to heal fast. Every patient will need to take it easy for some weeks, because rigorous exercise and physical activity could lead to complications.

During the recovery process, the patient will need some pain management medication. Even though the surgeon will prescribe some medication to reduce the chance of infection, most patients must rely on over-the-counter medications for pain management. However, when using over-the-counter pain relief, it is important to avoid aspirin, since this may affect the recovery in a negative manner.

Patients must also wear a compression garment during their recovery. This compression garment is used to support the treated area after surgery, and ensure it conforms to its new shape. However, the compression garment is also useful to reduce some of the side-effects after male breast reduction, because this garment can reduce some of the swelling patients commonly experience after liposuction surgery.

What Should I Do If I Experience Problems During My Recovery?

Every patient receives information about their recovery and some of the warning signs of complications they should be looking out for. If you believe there is something wrong, it is important to contact your cosmetic surgeon right away and book an emergency appointment. Do not postpone this and wait for it to get better, because even if it is a false alarm, your safety should always be a priority.

How Can I Make an Appointment for a Male Breast Reduction at the Dr Lanzer Clinic?

To book a consultation with Dr Lanzer for a male breast reduction, please contact our clinic via telephone our email. Our team of receptionists aims to provide you with an appointment that fits your schedule. They can also provide you with more information about the procedure, since many patients want to learn more before they book an appointment.


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