We usually spend the early part of the year talking about trendy procedures for the coming 12 months. For us, male breast reduction in 2018 definitely needs to be a part of that conversation. There are a couple of reasons as to why, but the most prominent is that this procedure is becoming increasingly popular.
Male Breast Reduction in 2018 is Going to be Popular?
For the most part, male breast reduction procedures are used to combat what’s known as gynecomastia. Simply put, gynecomastia is the medical term for male breast tissue. And while that might sound like something simple–something you should be able to exercise away–the truth is that gynecomastia is far more complex than that.
There are, in fact, multitudes of reasons why men might develop breast tissue. It’s not as though male breast tissue is somehow unnatural, after all. There are usually very normal processes behind the development of gynecomastia, although those processes can sometimes be exacerbated outside forces (such as lifestyle or medication).
What is Gynecomastia?
Simply put, gynecomastia is the development of breast tissue in men. That in itself is not all that unusual. Men are born with all of the component for this: fat, tissue, glands, and so on. It’s just that, usually, these elements do not, well, uh, expand the way they do in women. When men do develop gynecomastia, it’s usually a matter of all of these elements expanding together to form the male breast tissue.
That’s why gynecomastia often cannot be solved by something as simple as exercise. Even when performed perfectly, exercise will only ever target fat and increase muscle. There’s nothing that exercise can do about skin tissues or glands or anything like that. And it’s rare–though not unheard of–for enlarged male breasts to be composed entirely of excess fat.
What is a Male Breast Reduction?
When a patient wants to eliminate excess breast tissue, the procedure that’s generally employed is called either gynecomastia surgery or male breast reduction. Both terms usually translate into roughly the same procedure. During a gynecomastia procedure:
- Surgeons will work to eliminate excess skin, fat, and other tissues
- When necessary, excess skin that has developed will also be eliminated
- Liposuction may be used to remove excess fat (and other types of devices may be used to break up the fat first)
- The patient is given a more masculine profile
Generally, the procedure is performed in a couple of hours and patients are sent home to recover. For most patients, this means taking a couple of days off of work–though you’ll want to consult with your surgeon about what to expect after surgery. Every patient’s recovery is different after all. That said, most patients will return to work after a couple of days–though you’ll need to wear a pressure garment for a number of weeks in order to promote proper healing.
Once the procedure is complete, however, most patients report a significantly more masculine profile and a steep drop in breast tissue.
Why Get a Male Breast Reduction in 2018
The basics of a gynecomastia surgery–or breast reduction surgery–haven’t changed much in the last few years. So why is male breast reduction in 2018 suddenly a big new thing? Well, there are a couple of reasons for this procedures sudden popularity. First and foremost is the insecurity and discomfort that is associated with male breast tissue.
Men who have male breast tissue often complain of behavior of others or simply of not feeling confident. This isn’t all that dissimilar from any other plastic surgery procedure. And that’s why I think male breast reduction in 2018 has really gotten more popular: plastic surgery has become much more acceptable.
And what’s more: plastic surgery for men has become much more socially acceptable. There’s significantly less stigma than there used to be. And that means that men often feel more comfortable signing up for aesthetic plastic surgery. In other words, the benefits now far outweigh the costs.
A Masculine Profile
Ultimately, gynecomastia surgery–or male breast reduction–is used to achieve a more masculine looking profile. And surgery can accomplish this in a way that diet and exercise simply can’t. That’s why we’re pretty confident that gynecomastia surgery is going to be continue to be a popular procedure option well into the next decade.
The results generally speak for themselves. Patients who undergo male breast reduction surgery report increased confidence and self esteem. And they are nearly always satisfied with the results. We have a feeling that male breast reduction in 2018 is going to be a harbinger for things to come (in a good way)!