For many men, the subject of having excess weight on their chest is a sensitive and painful one. The excess weight (known as gynecomastia) can lead to the appearance of male breasts (or man boobs) which is embarrassing for some. If the problem is particularly pronounced, it can cause severe anxiety, body image issues and a reluctance to engage with society.
To combat this problem, many men who suffer in this way are choosing to undergo male breast reduction surgery. This is particularly useful if you have tried to beat the problem with changes to your diet or increased exercise but with no success.
If you are thinking of having this treatment done but need a bit more information, the below should help:
Q. What is male breast reduction surgery?
A. Male breast reduction surgery is a surgical procedure to reduce abnormally large glands and/or fat deposits on the chest. Once these are removed or reduced, your chest should look flatter. Once the procedure is done, your chest area should also look in better proportion to the rest of your body.
Q. What does the procedure involve?
A. The operation is done via liposuction. After a small cut is made around the nipple area, the excess fat cells are sucked out and any glandular tissue removed if necessary. The procedure usually takes around an hour and you should usually fully recover in about a month afterwards.
Q. Are there any side effects?
A. As with any cosmetic surgery procedure, there are some risks involved. However, if you choose a reputable and skilled surgeon to perform it, they are small. Possible side effects can include fluid accumulation in the chest area or infection although these should not be an issue if the procedure is done well.