Male breast enlargement, or gynecomastia, involving one or both sides of the chest, is more common than you might expect and affects many men between the ages of 50 and 69.
Even more surprisingly, true gynecomastia is not caused by excess fat but by hormonal fluctuations producing an imbalance in testosterone and estrogen levels. Since the condition may not be due to lifestyle choices, adopting a vigorous exercise program or following a strict diet may not correct it.
Regardless of the underlying cause, the condition discourages men from wearing their favorite clothing items, such as golf shirts and t-shirts, participating in activities they enjoy, working out at the gym, or spending time on the beach with their families.
Male breast reduction surgery can provide men with an excellent way to flatten their chest and achieve a more masculine appearance.
As with any other plastic surgery procedure, male breast reduction surgery requires some preparation on the patient’s part. Following the tips below will help the patient feel more confident about the procedure, increasing his chances of a smooth surgery and trouble-free recovery.
Determine What You Want From the Procedure
Besides reducing breast tissue, this is an opportunity for you to address other aesthetic issues during the same surgery. These include gland removal, liposuction, as well as skin and tissue removal. Having a good idea of your ultimate goals is a crucial part of being satisfied with the outcome.
Speak With Your Plastic Surgeon About Your Surgery
An essential first step in preparing for your gynecomastia surgery is to schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons at Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg in Virginia. The reason for working with these professions is that they:
- Are board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery
- Have in-depth knowledge of the underlying causes of gynecomastia
- Have performed numerous male breast reduction surgeries using the techniques needed for your procedure
- Can show you before and after pictures of previous male breast reduction patients
Our plastic surgeons have a detailed understanding of reducing breast tissue in men and recontouring the chest to make it more masculine.
Make Changes to Your Lifestyle
Even though your gynecomastia may not be due to any of your lifestyle choices, it’s essential to follow the guidelines outlined below before your surgery. Doing so will help you establish a healthy lifestyle in advance of your procedure while ensuring that you preserve your results.
- Eat more fruits and vegetables
- Reduce sugar consumption
- Lower your alcohol consumption
- Exercise regularly
- Avoid taking steroids or hormonal supplements
- Avoid smoking tobacco or marijuana products
Prepare for Your Recovery
The most challenging part of your gynecomastia surgery is returning home and starting the recovery process. You’ll need to plan some time away from work and other commitments and be ready to spend at least 48 hours resting. Ask friends and family to help you with household chores.
Your Best Treatment Options for Breast Reduction Surgery
Discovering your best gynecomastia surgery options begins with a consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeons at Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg. Please contact or call us today at (540) 371-7730.