Who is a good candidate for gynecomastia surgery?

Who is a good candidate for gynecomastia surgery? | Houston, TexasExcessively large breasts in men can be a source of embarrassment and anxiety. This condition is known as gynecomastia, and it can be addressed with male breast reduction plastic surgery.
At the time of the pre-operative consultation, the surgeon will cautiously establish the patient as a candidate for this procedure and make the right recommendation to treat gynecomastia.
An experienced plastic surgeon will use advanced techniques to create safe and desirable results in a minimally invasive manner. Board certified plastic surgeons at the Aesthetic Center for Plastic Surgery (ACPS) provide gynecomastia surgery to patients in Houston, Texas, TX, and surrounding locations.

Who Should Consider Gynecomastic Surgery?

Men who experience the following should consider male breast reduction surgery:

  • Embarrassment in removing their shirt in public, to swim, to engage in outdoor sports, or exercise at a gym
  • Unhappiness with their feminine looking breast appearance
  • Psychological or emotional distress related to abnormally sized breasts
  • Seek to enhance their social confidence and masculine chest definition

Candidate’s Commitment

While the outcomes of gynecomastia plastic surgery are typically permanent, the patient should be committed to maintaining healthy body weight in the long-term.
In addition, he should be committed to following a balanced diet and undertake regular aerobic activities and exercise. If the patient puts on weight after male breast reduction surgery, it can compromise the outcomes of the procedure.
The patient should have a positive mindset, clear cosmetic goals, and reasonable expectations. The post-op scarring may cause some men to feel self-conscious.
They should discuss the possibility of scarring beforehand with their plastic surgeon and then make a judicious decision. If the candidate is a smoker, he will need to discontinue smoking for at least a specified duration pre and post surgery.

Qualities of a Qualified Candidate

An ideal candidate for male breast reduction cosmetic surgery will exhibit the following qualities:

  • Appropriate overall health with no underlying health condition that could interfere with the procedure
  • Unhappy with their breast contours or experiences physical discomfort because of their oversized breasts
  • Reasonably elastic skin in the breast region as the skin will constrict after the gynecomastia surgery
  • Attempted to reduce their breast size in the past by following a balanced diet and regular exercise regimen
  • Moderate and stable body weight
  • No use of steroids, drugs, or excessive quantities of alcohol

Fat Reduction Technique

Male breast reduction surgery is usually undertaken using surgical excision to eliminate excess glandular tissue. However, liposuction surgery may be necessary if the patient has excess fatty tissue in the breast region, which is causing the large breast size.  
For this reason, the surgeon will cautiously determine if the patient is a candidate for liposuction or surgical excision to restore a normal chest appearance.
Certain candidates may have glandular as well as fatty tissue in the breast region. In such instances, the surgeon will recommend a combination of liposuction surgery and surgical excision. The candidate should follow the surgeon’s guidelines for pre and post-surgical recovery in a committed manner for best outcomes.
Cosmetic surgeons at the ACPS receive patients from Houston, Texas, TX, and nearby areas for male breast reduction.
For more information about The Aesthetic Center for Plastic Surgery (ACPS) physicians and the cosmetic surgery treatments and procedures they perform please click here or call us at 713.799.9999. We have offices in and around Houston, Texas.
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