If you’re a man who is uncomfortable with the look and size of your pectorals, your case is not rare. As of 2016, men accounted for 40% of all breast reduction procedures–a far larger proportion than just a few years ago. Men are becoming more aware that there are options for improving their appearance.
Gynecomastia is defined as the enlargement of the male breast(s) and characterized by excess localized fat or the overdevelopment of glandular tissue with or without excess breast skin. The great news: surgical correction is a very viable and life-changing option for more and more men. The procedure removes fat and/or glandular tissue from one or both breasts to improve the problem and give the pectorals a more natural look. In rare cases, excess skin can be removed too.
The causes of gynecomastia are many, and range from hormonal changes, to heredity, obesity, aging, excessive alcohol or drug consumption, or even side effects of certain prescription medications. Of course, before considering a gynecomastia procedure, any of these external factors should be considered. For many, however, gynecomastia is a seemingly incurable long-term or even lifelong exercise in feeling uncomfortable and self-conscious.
Consider the following five reasons to go right ahead and get that gynecomastia procedure in time for the summer!
A boost in confidence
Imagine being able to wear any shirt freely. Or even feeling comfortable enough to go shirtless on a hot day at the beach! If you suffer from gynecomastia, chances are you have not experienced this sense of freedom in a long time, if ever. Although any procedure is worth thinking through, once you’ve done it, you’ll likely wish you’d done it sooner!
Gynecomastia surgery is relatively straightforward and typically takes less than a couple of hours. Your doctor will take the time to listen and answer any and all of your concerns beforehand so you can relax into it. You get a general anesthetic, so you don’t feel any pain during the procedure, and you can generally expect to return home the same day. Scarring is minimal or non-existent.
Technological advancements have fundamentally changed the way this operation is done. Gone are the semi-circular incisions that were once needed, which often left behind indentations, scarring, or desensitized nipples. But power-assisted liposuction techniques that used to be unavailable have made the operation shorter, safer, and less painful than ever before! Today, the operation uses a 6-millimeter incision off to the side of the breast that heals without drawing attention.
Feeling more masculine
Men who have gynecomastia treatment report feeling more masculine, more self-assured, and happier post-treatment. Many also report enjoying more fulfilling relationships with their loved ones. Having a gynecomastia procedure can result in the figure you’ve always wanted: a flatter chest with a vastly improved contour.
Cosmetic surgery is more acceptable
There was a time when cosmetic surgery was relegated to women only, and men didn’t even consider it—or if they did, they kept it hidden. But these days, plastic surgery for men is far more common, which has helped to raise awareness of the options out there, as well as the number of men finally willing to undergo treatment.