Plastic surgery isn’t just for women. And we’re not just talking about liposuction or facelifts. With targeted procedures for men, more and more people can reach their ideal shape and get rid of problem areas.
If, for example, you’re a man living with excess breast tissue, you should know that breast reduction surgery is available to you too. As a specialist in this procedure, Linda Swanson, MD, talks with men at our Torrance and Los Alamitos, California, offices to find out if it’s right for them.
If you think you would benefit from breast reduction surgery, don’t hesitate to explore it with Dr. Swanson and our team. To help guide that conversation, let’s take a closer look at breast reduction surgery for men.
Understanding gynecomastia and pseudogynecomastia
Gynecomastia is a long name for a relatively common condition. Essentially, it means you have more breast gland tissue, usually as a result of a hormonal imbalance. Pseudogynecomastia means you have excess fat in your chest, rather than excess gland tissue.
In either case, the extra volume on your chest can be unwelcome. Your shirts don’t fit the way you want and you might feel that you need to avoid certain styles — like fitted outfits — altogether.
Fortunately, whether you’re living with gynecomastia, pseudogynecomastia, or both, Dr. Swanson offers the surgery you need to get rid of that excess volume and feel like your best self. If you’re bothered by your chest, take the first step and schedule a male breast reduction surgery consultation.
What to expect with breast reduction surgery
This surgery accomplishes what you would expect: less tissue and fat to give you the chest shape you want.
Dr. Swanson tailors your procedure to you. Some men achieve their ideal shape with liposuction focused on the chest area, while others benefit from tissue excision. With the latter, Dr. Swanson reshapes your chest tissue to give you the contoured, flatter chest you want.
Our team lets you know what to expect depending on what Dr. Swanson recommends for your specific chest. Breast reduction surgery is an outpatient procedure, which means you can go home the same day. Generally, you’ll need to take at least a few days off work. Most people take a week off to recover.
You should be able to get back to most of your non-water-based activities within a couple of weeks and see a full recovery in a month. At that point, many men say they feel comfortable going shirtless for the first time in years — and in some cases, in their life.
If that sounds appealing to you, talk to Dr. Swanson about your breast reduction surgery options. To get started, call the office nearest you or book a visit online today.