Monthly Archives: December 2014

Why are More Men Seeking Male Breast Reduction?

More and more men are seeking male breast reduction with the rise of gynecomastiaNew figures published by the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) indicate a record number of “man boob” reduction operations, as the surge in demand outstrips that for all other cosmetic procedures, including women’s breast enlargement. In the last few years, overall male cosmetic procedures have increased by 21 percent, corrective surgery for breast reduction in men rose by 80 percent.

Possible Causes of the Rise in Breast Reduction for Men

Gynecomastia is the scientific name for ‘man boobs’, a condition that affects thousands of men in the UK today. While surgeons have encountered the condition in many cases, it is rarely talked about. But increased media attention has enabled men to realize the positive results that can be achieved from breast reduction surgeries, increasing patient and consumer confidence.

Hormone Levels

Gynecomastia is caused by several medical conditions that cause a disruption of hormone levels – testosterone and estradiol, as well as certain medications, like anti-depressants, some cancer drugs, and heart and liver pills. But health experts argue that obesity and anabolic steroid use are the major causes for increasing cases of male mastectomy. Most men undergoing the procedure are between the ages of 25 and 34, followed by those aged 15 to 24.

Embarrassment and Discomfort

The increasing awareness among men for their grooming needs, combined with common symptoms of breasts, such as tenderness around the nipples, discomfort, and embarrassment, has also led to the increase in ‘man boob’ procedures. There has also been a lot of pressure on men, especially between the ages of 15 and 35, to shape up. They want to have less prominence in their breast area as it affects their usual activities.

For instance, a teenager with large breasts is shy about taking off his shirt in the swimming pool or at the beach; a problem that also discourages him from taking up sports because he feels uncomfortable when undressing with team members in the locker room. Such patients are reluctant to report the problem to their parents, causing them to prolong their dilemma of inactivity in sports while inviting their peers to tease them.

All human beings have breast tissue, though some men’s breast tissue is more responsive to surges in estrogen hormone during puberty; hence, the high number of teenagers seeking male mastectomy procedures. Generally, ‘man boobs’ is a very common issue that many men experience, and some choose to fight it with dieting and exercise, while others look for a faster way out through surgery to remove the breast tissue.

Life After Breast Augmentation – FAQs – Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon Explains

Beverly Hills plastic surgeon, Dr. Golshani, talks about life after breast augmentationThe recovery process from breast augmentation surgery varies from woman to woman. Some women have an easy time while others experience more difficulty. Recovery times are also individual, and like with any other surgery, some tend to bounce back faster than others. The recovery time also depends on the placement of the breast implants: those placed under the muscle take longer to recover compared to those placed over. The technique used also affects the recovery time.

After surgery, your breast augmentation surgeon should describe to you the basic postoperative recovery process, likely complications, and time frames for the recovery process. Some useful questions and answers include:

What is the recovery period for breast augmentation?

It typically lasts a few weeks, with some women claiming to resume their normal activities after 8-10 weeks. For the first two days after surgery, you will feel groggy and tired upon getting up, but you should receive a prescription for pain medication from your surgeon. Soreness around the breast area lasts 1-2 weeks, with common side effects such as redness, bruising, swelling, and tenderness lasting for a month or longer.

When should you resume activities?

when to resume activities after breast augmentationMany surgeons advise women to wait 4 weeks before resuming any tasks that involve physical activity, during which time you will be wearing a post-operative bra or compression bandage for positioning and extra support while healing. You should wait at least 2 weeks before performing any activities that can increase your blood pressure, including sex. Avoid all activities that involve your arms for the first 3-4 weeks.

When do you start feeling 100% again?

You will be 50% after 3-4 weeks, with slight discomfort, 75% after 6-8 weeks, and 100% in your third month, when you can function normally without being concerned about hurting yourself.

How long do incision marks take to fade?

The incisions for breast implants are usually 1-3 inches long, and are strategically placed to reduce scarring. The incision sites tend to itch as they heal, and the red scar formed tends to fade gradually in appearance for 6-12 months, returning to the color of surrounding skin. You should keep the suture lines dry and avoid rubbing creams or lotions on the incisions to avoid inflammation. If there are drains to help remove excess fluid, your surgeon will advice you on how to drain and take care of them for several days.

When should you visit a doctor?

Your surgeon should prescribe pain and/or nausea medications, and schedule for follow-up visits immediately after the surgery. But if you experience redness of the breast, warmth, fever, bleeding, and other symptoms of infection, report these signs to your surgeon for advice.

It is important to note that women who have received mammograms silicone gel-filled breast implants should receive MRI screening for silent rupture after 3 years from the date of the surgery, and every 2 years afterwards. Also, continue to screen for breast cancer, and always tell the person testing that you have implants since standard mammograms cannot see breast tissue with implants in the way, so they can use alternative methods.