For many men, warmer seasons are a time for taking off shirts and enjoying some sun. A number of men, however, may be reluctant to bare their chests due to gynecomastia, which is enlargement of male breasts. The problem can cause embarrassment, lead to clothes not fitting properly, and even be a source of physical discomfort. Breast reduction for Toronto-area men who want more traditionally masculine contours is available, but it is important they seek out a plastic surgeon who is experienced in dealing with this issue.
Gynecomastia can be caused by a variety of factors, so breast reduction for men is not a cookie-cutter process. It may involve the removal of fat cells via liposuction if the source of the condition is significant weight gain. Or the surgery could include eliminating glandular tissue that has formed due to hormonal shifts and testosterone levels being out of balance with estrogen levels. A breast reduction procedure may also be a combination of the two techniques.
Every man is different, and some may even be fine with their chest the way it is, breasts and all, but for those who want to make a change, breast reduction is available. Post-surgical down time generally lasts a week. There are other recuperation factors to consider, but patients can return to their daily lives relatively quickly—and start enjoying that summer sun in a way they didn’t before.
Dr. Carman is a Toronto Plastic Surgeon practicing breast, body and facial cosmetic surgery.