Gynaecomastia is more colloquially known as ‘man boobs’ or ‘moobs’ and refers to an excess of fatty breast tissue found in men. Actually a common condition, there are many reasons why it may develop – whether it appears during puberty or later on in life. One key reason is a hormone imbalance however it can also result as a side effect of certain drugs (for example, steroids).
Diet and exercise may help to tackle gynaecomastia, but for some, surgery is the only route to eliminate the excess fat as well as improve the contour and general appearance of the chest area.
So what surgery will help combat this?
To tackle gynaecomastia, you will need to undergo a gynaecomastia correction, or a male breast reduction. This procedure will reduce the volume of fat and breast tissue found in the pectoral region of the chest to create a more streamlined appearance. An excess of skin may also need to be removed during the operation.
What is involved in this procedure?
There are a few methods that can be employed to achieve the desired results and this depends entirely on your goals and the current size and shape of your ‘moobs’. In some instances, liposuction (a fat removal procedure) can be used as a stand-alone treatment to correct the condition, utilising minimal incisions and reducing scarring. However, if there is more glandular tissue present, then excess fat may need to be removed. This will be done via a small incision around the lower half of the nipple and areola. If excess skin also needs to be removed, then this will be done by taking out a small eclipse of skin above the nipple to raise it to a normal position. Another option is to remove a doughnut shape of skin around the nipple.
The operation will be performed under a general anaesthetic and will require a one or two day stay in hospital, depending on the extent of your treatment.
Anything else to bear in mind?
It is also worth checking with your doctor to have the appropriate medical investigations carried out first – this just ensures that the condition isn’t related to any underlying causes.
What about recovery times?
You’ll need to rest up after your surgery, in particular the first three days post op. You won’t be able to resume your full gym regime until about four or five weeks after the surgery, although you should be able to complete some gentle cardio after about two weeks. Try and avoid having sex for the first seven to 10 days too.
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