Enlarged male breasts, also known as man boobs or moobs is a very common condition in men. It can result in terrible embarrassment, teasing, and social trauma. Many will try to hide it with thick shirts, avoid bare chest activities, and withdraw from public exposure. At Zen, we take pride in educating our patients about this condition.
There are many medical problems and conditions that can cause gynecomastia:
Impaired liver function, use of estrogen-containing medications, other medications, use of anabolic steroids, herbal testosterone additives, problems of testicular hormone production.
If a medical problem is the suspected cause, you will be referred to an appropriate specialist. Our surgeons will then examine you. There are many anatomic conditions resulting in enlarged breasts. By examining the problem, the exploration of what needs to be done can be individualised. In some cases, you will need a mammogram, or breast x-ray. This will not only evaluate the very small possibility of breast cancer, but will reveal the breast’s composition. Solutions depend on how much gland, fat, and extra skin are present. With the anatomic problem defined, our surgeons can outline a surgical approach to best suit your needs.
The best candidates for gynecomastia correction
Surgery to correct gynecomastia can be performed on healthy, emotionally stable men of any age. The best candidates for surgery have firm, elastic skin that will reshape the body’s new contours. Surgery may be discouraged for obese men, or for overweight men who have not first attempted to correct the problem with exercise or weight loss. Individuals who drink alcoholic beverages in excess or smoke a significant amount of marijuana are usually not considered good candidates for surgery. These drugs, along with anabolic steroids, may cause gynecomastia. Stopping these drugs may reverse the breast enlargement, and you may be able to avoid the surgery or at least require a smaller operation.
All surgery carries some uncertainty and risk
Male breast-reduction surgery complications are infrequent and usually minor. Nevertheless, as with any surgery, there are risks. These include infection, skin injury, excessive bleeding, adverse reaction to anaesthesia, and excessive fluid loss or accumulation. The procedure may also result in noticeable scars, permanent pigment changes in the breast area, or slightly mismatched breasts or nipples. If asymmetry is significant, a second procedure may be performed to remove additional tissue. The temporary effects of breast reduction include loss of breast sensation or numbness, which may last up to a year.