Gynecomastia: Pros and Cons of Male Breast Reduction Surgery

The decision to undergo breast reduction is a difficult one. This can be especially true for men, who generally do not assume they will ever have to face this choice. However, for men suffering from gynecomastia, breast reduction can help them regain self confidence and self esteem, and even help them regain their masculine identity. For those who truly need the procedure, it can be life changing.

Pros of Male Breast Reduction Surgery

Men who suffer from gynecomastia have permanently enlarged glandular tissue in their breasts that can make them ashamed of their bodies or embarrassed to expose themselves under normal situations such as at a swimming pool, on the beach or simply doing yard work shirtless. It can also make them afraid to experience intimacy and can greatly reduce their quality of life. For these men, breast reduction surgery can have numerous positive effects.

One of the biggest benefits of male breast reduction surgery is its permanence. If you suffer from true gynecomastia, which is enlargement of the actual glandular tissue in the breast, this tissue is removed so that it will no longer cause your breasts to look larger than they should. Breast enlargement due to obesity can still occur, but this is treatable through diet and exercise. If you are otherwise healthy and in reasonably good shape, your body should maintain its new configurations permanently.

Other benefits, of course, include feeling less awkward or embarrassed about social situations in which you would normally remove your shirt. You can enjoy the pool and the beach again. In addition, intimate situations will no longer be as intimidating as you regain confidence in your body.

Cons of Male Breast Reduction Surgery

For those who have been dealing with severe emotional and psychological trauma due to gynecomastia, male breast reduction surgery offers few drawbacks. There are some cons to consider before committing to the surgery, however, including:

  • Cost
  • Possible dissatisfaction with final results
  • Scarring that could cause self-consciousness

Perhaps the largest drawback of male breast reduction surgery is the expense. Like female breast reduction surgery, this procedure is considered elective, and therefore is unlikely to be covered by insurance. It can cost several thousand dollars. For many, though, the results are well worth the cost.

In most cases, men who undergo breast reduction surgery are pleased with the results, as it helps restore their overall self-esteem and sense of masculinity. However, it is possible that you will not be completely happy with the final results. As with all plastic surgery procedures, it is possible that the surgeon might not remove as much tissue as you prefer, or might even remove too much. The best way to avoid this possible complication is to discuss your goals in detail with your doctor before the surgery takes place. The better the doctor understands your goals and expectations, the more likely you are to be pleased with the final results.

For the best possible results of any plastic surgery, be sure to find a certified plastic surgeon who is experienced with the procedure you wish to pursue. Take advantage of consultations, which are often free of charge, to be sure the surgeon is a good fit.

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