Male Breast Reduction (Gynaecomastia)
This debilitating problem is not only hard to cover up, but it also damages a man’s self esteem and confidence. Men who have this issue can feel like they have had their masculinity take away from them and seek advice on how to get rid of them.
The colloquial term for gynaecomastia is ‘moobs’/ ‘Man-Boobs’ and this can be used to bully and upset an individual, which can in turn destroy a man’s pride. Over 40 to 60% of men suffer with Moobs. This is a huge amount of men who suffer with larger than average breasts.
When going to a doctor, the initial response is to do everything possible to reduce the size of the individuals breasts naturally, either by eating healthily, exercising regularly, and changing their whole lifestyle and if it still has not worked, seek the advice of a plastic surgeon.
Why have Male Breast Reduction (Gynaecomastia) Surgery?
Over the years, our diets have become unhealthier which means that consequently our lifestyles have changed, therefore so too have our chest and waist sizes. The men who choose to have plastic surgery to remove their larger than average breasts, have normally reached breaking point.
Risks and Complications
Generally, modern day surgery is considered safe.
As there are with all general anaesthetic cases, risks and complications come hand in hand with plastic surgery procedures. These risks and complications include a reaction to the anaesthetic, this can be a possible complication so make sure that you have gone through all of your allergies with not only your plastic surgeon but also your anaesthetist. Approximately one-third of patients who receive an anaesthetic during surgery will experience “anaesthesia sickness” or post-operative nausea and vomiting (POVN).
Asymmetry is also another potential risk which is caused when scar tissue forms after healing which in turn causes one side to become larger than the other. This complication may result in an operation to remove the scar tissue.
Keloid scaring is also a complication of having this surgery. This is where the incision site becomes red and raised and can result in the scar having to be cut out and re stitched. If you are prone to keloid scaring ensure that you discuss this with your surgeon prior to the operation so that they can suggest ways in which to reduce the chances of this kind of scar occurring.
Nipple displacement is another complication. Even though it is extremely rare, it can still occur causing one breasts nipple to be lower than the other. In addition to nipple displacement, inverted nipples are another potential problem as certain muscles and fibres are holding the nipple in place and during the surgery these get severed leaving the nipple to become inverted.
Q. What can cause ‘Moobs’?
A. Around 40 to 60% of men will suffer with ‘Moobs’ at some point in their lives. This is due to a number of factors. During the ages of 12 to 16 males go through puberty and this can result in a large amount of fatty tissue growth within the chest area. As these males grow up a few manage to grow into their body’s meaning that the ‘moobs’ grow out and do not affect the individual. However, for some this is not that easy and the issue persists all the way through to adulthood. Another factor is age. As the male gets older, the fat in the chest area can enlarge due to a reduction in male hormones. Finally, a huge increase in weight can cause a buildup of fat in that area and even an extreme weight loss can cause the skin to become saggy resulting in left over fatty tissue in the breasts. These are just some of the reasons why ‘man boobs’ arise.
Q. I have gynaecomastia and I am also extremely over weight. Will this surgery help me to lose weight?
A. Unfortunately, this surgery will not help you lose weight. As there is an element of liposuction which can be used to remove the fat in the chest area that is the only place you will lose the fat from. It is not advised that you use liposuction to lose weight anyway. If you are having issues with losing weight, then you should consult your doctor who will put you in touch with a nutritionist.