Most people will have heard of Gynaecomastia before, even if the name sounds unfamiliar. Gynaecomastia is often referred to as ‘man boobs,’ and it is surprisingly very common, affecting an estimated 40-60% of men at some stage in their life. The breast increase is caused by an accumulation of glandular tissue behind the nipple area, but is normally benign. It does not usually pose a physical health risk, however there may be mental challenges associated with it.
What causes Gynaecomastia?
There is no solid, specific cause for male breast growth. Genetics are believed to play a major role in this, meaning some people will definitely be affected, and others will not.
However, there are a few factors that have been shown to increase the odds of one having this condition, including:
- Excessive alcohol or use of drugs such as marijuana or anabolic steroid use can contribute to the enlargement of breast tissue in some individuals. If you have Gynaecomastia and regularly partake in any of the above it is a highly recommended that you cut down or take a break from them and see if you notice a difference.
- Obesity or being overweight. Everyone person’s body stores fat in different areas, and sometimes the fatty tissue store is directly behind the nipples.
If you’re currently overweight and suffer from ‘man boobs’ you should initially try implementing a weight-loss and exercise regime, as this can make a big difference. If you find yourself losing weight everywhere else, but your breasts are staying the same, surgery can be a very effective solution.
What’s involved in Male Breast Reduction Surgery?
The surgical removal of the affectionately known ‘man boobs’ is surprisingly quick and simple in comparison to most other operations. This is largely due to the fact that, unlike female breasts, male breasts are completely functionless; nothing more than fatty tissue. The whole procedure takes approximately an hour and can be performed under twilight sedation or general anaesthetic. Essentially, a small incision is made around the nipple and unwanted tissue is removed. Where necessary, it can be combined with liposuction to ensure everything is removed, leaving you with a slimmer and more toned look. Post-surgery, your skin will naturally tighten around your new body shape and there will be no sign that you ever had Gynaecomastia Surgery, aside from a nearly-invisible scar along the edge of the nipple.
What should I do about my man breasts?
The answer to this question depends on another important question. Do they really concern you? If the answer to this question is no, then do not you should not feel obligated to do anything. From a medical point of view, gynaecomastia, or ‘man boobs’ are completely harmless, so you do not need to feel pressured to remove these unless they are of particular concern to you.
If they continue to bother you and you have decided you do want them removed permanently, 1 Cosmetic Group is the best choice for making that happen. We have seen a large number of Gynaecomastia patients over the years, so if your doctor has advised you to see a specialist regarding this condition, they are talking about someone like us.
The procedure will be illustrated in detail and you will be given a detailed instruction sheet on expected post-operative course and potential complications during your consultation. It is recommended that you are a stable weight for at least 3-6 months to obtain the best possible results. It is advised to stop smoking at least 6 weeks before and after surgery.