Bid Goodbye to your Breasts if you are a Man

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Feb 01, 2013

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  • Hormonal changes during puberty result in enlarger breast in some boys.
  • Surgery depends on how much breast tissue is removed and how much skin is available.
  • Complications liek soreness, swelling, and bruising could be common.
  • There is risk of recurrence of cancer in the remaining breast tissue.

If you as a man have ever faced the embarrassing situation of being in the receiving end of jokes about your ‘man boobs’, then here is an option for you.


male breast reduction

Enlarged breasts are very embarrassing for a man. The hormonal changes during puberty (increased activity of female hormones or low levels of male hormone) may result in enlarger breast in some boys. In some boys the enlarged breasts disappear spontaneously without treatment. But if this does not happen, the residual breast tissue and excess fat form the male breast.


The procedure

The breast tissue and fat can be removed by surgery or in an aesthetic manner by liposuction. The procedure termed as the “KEY HOLE MALE BREAST SURGERY” is done using a special instrument. Minimal scars are formed and they fade in time.


This procedure is done as a day care surgery. You can return to work after a couple of days. The results are satisfying and lasting. Surgery for removing breast tissue can result in an area of shallowness surrounded by fat deposits (saucer deformity). The appearance after surgery is improved but is not as aesthetic as desired.

Breast Reconstruction

Thousands of women face the reality of breast cancer in India. The psychological and physical effect of losing the breast following cancer breast surgery is different in every woman. If loss of breast bothers or psychologically affects a woman breast reconstruction should be considered.

The Procedure

Many women now days prefer to have breast reconstruction after mastectomy for breast cancer. In breast reconstruction the breast, nipple and areola are reconstructed. Your doctor may advise insertion of breast implants or use flaps of tissue moved from other parts of the body to reconstruct breast—as it is possible.


The procedure used for breast reconstruction is decided based on how much breast tissue is removed and how much skin is available. Other factors that decide the type of reconstruction that will be performed are--- your health, goals of surgery, and amount of recovery you want. The nipple-areola complex is reconstructed about 6 to 9 months after making the new breast. The shape of the reconstructed breast improves gradually over a few months.


Now days women are encouraged to have breast reconstruction performed at the same time when mastectomy is done. This can significantly reduce the emotional trauma, expense, and discomfort. But immediate reconstruction is not possible in women who are already on chemotherapy or radiation treatments. In these women reconstruction is usually done at a later stage.



Complications which can occur after breast reconstruction surgery include;

  • Soreness, swelling, and bruising for about two to three weeks after surgery.
  • Areas of numbness and tightness in the region of surgery
  • delayed wound healing,
  • infection
  • minimal breast asymmetry

Recovery after breast reconstruction

You can resume normal activities in approximately six weeks after surgery, however you will have to avoid strenuous activity for several weeks. Sensation in the breast returns gradually and scars improve gradually as well.

Outcome of Breast Reconstruction Surgery

The effects of breast reconstruction are lasting. As there is risk of recurrence of cancer in the remaining breast tissue, continue regular breast cancer exams and screening. You may need surgery, radiation, and/or chemotherapy for any recurrence.

A man does not need to have breasts, he needs a well shaped and carved chest. Go get it now.

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