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Is Male Breast Reduction Surgery a Safe Procedure?

male breast reduction

When a male, either a man or a boy, finds himself with enlarged breasts and these larger than usual breasts cause him trouble of some sort, it is called gynecomastia. The most common way to treat gynecomastia is by surgical male breast reduction during which the doctor removes some of the tissue and makes the patient a new contour without the female appearing breasts. This is a very safe operation, but as with any surgical procedure there are some risks involved. Ranging from a minor scarring all the way through the possibility of death, these complications should be discussed with the health care professional during the early decision making process.

Some of the most common risks for this type of surgery include but are not limited to:

  • Scarring
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Bleeding
  • Risks from anesthesia
  • Allergic reactions
  • Asymmetry of the breasts

More serious possibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Permanent skin color changes
  • Damage to nerves and blood vessels
  • Fluid accumulation
  • Deep vein blood clots (thrombosis)
  • Cardiac and pulmonary complications
  • Death

That having been said, in fact this is one of the safest surgical procedures out there. The improvement of appearance is usually great enough to give the patient a much higher sense of self worth and self esteem and is most often well worth the very slight risk.

Along with the surgical intervention, liposuction is also often used during the gynecomastia surgery. Liposuction carries with it the same surgical risks as the other gynecomastia operation. And in addition there is the possibility that there could be burns from the ultrasound assisted and laser assisted liposuction or perforation wounds in surrounding tissue or organs. Again, these should be discussed with the surgeon prior to scheduling any operation. Overall this is a routine sort of surgery and is most often done without any complications.

Gynecomastia is an embarrassing condition in most males. In late adolescence it can cause acute embarrassment and a lessening of self esteem in boys suffering with the condition. The risks of the surgery are far out weighed by the lowering of the social stigma of the condition. In adults the improvement of self image and self confidence is highly favorable to hiding gynecomastia. With the right surgeon the chance of complications can be greatly reduced. A qualified, board-certified surgeon can help minimize any side effects. Following the doctor’s instructions to the letter also can keep the risks to a minimum.

Male breast reduction surgery is a usually safe procedure so long as the proper safeguards are in place. A highly qualified, board-certified surgeon is the first step. Following the surgeon’s instructions is step two. Keeping track of all post operative symptoms and fully discussing them with the doctor makes up the final step. Male breast reduction surgery can be an important thing for the patient and for his family and loved ones. In this modern world, appearances are very important for self image, and this safe and effective surgery is one way to achieve the look you want.