Have you ever thought of getting your man boobs reduced – and then immediately collapsed in a  funk of despair and embarrassment?
Actually, there is no reason to be embarrassed. Enlarged breasts – the medical term is gynecomastia – is common among teenage boys and men, and breast reduction surgery is increasingly popular among guys. In fact, in the US it’s the fourth most popular cosmetic surgical procedure among males, with nearly 17,000 of them performed in 2009 alone.
Consult the experts
Before you jump in, have a good heart-to-heart with your GP. There are a number of ways in which you can get rid of your man jugs – exercise, dieting, and Gynexin pills – and in the case of many adolescents; the condition resolves itself over time. So give all of those a chance before you put yourself under a surgeon’s knife.
For some men, however, Gynecomastia can only be treated surgically. Let your GP refer you to a surgeon in your area who has experience in this procedure, and schedule a consultation with him. Or her.
Before the op
At your first consultation, your prospective surgeon should spend some time discussing your options, your reasons for wanting the procedure, and your expectations. He or she will then take your medical history, do a full medical examination, possibly take some “before” pics, and explain the procedure itself and its implications in detail.
Once you’ve decided together that you want to have the operation and that you are a suitable candidate, you’ll decide on a date for the operation and you’ll be given detailed pre-operative instructions.
The operation
The technical term for the procedure is reduction mammaplasty, and it typically takes around 60-90 minutes, although more extensive surgery may take longer. One of the issues you’ll have discussed is whether you’re going to have general anesthesia or conscious sedation. The surgeon’s goal is primarily to reduce breast size, and to flatten and enhance chest contours. You may also look at improving the size, position and shape of the areola, as well as removal of excess skin.
If the problem is primarily an excess of fatty tissue, the procedure may only involve liposuction techniques. A thin, hollow metal tube called a cannula is inserted through one or more small incisions, usually around the areola or in the underarm area, and moved backwards and forwards beneath the skin to loosen extra fat which is then removed by vacuum suction.
In instances where actual glandular breast tissue and excess skin have to be removed, excision techniques are employed, using a scalpel to cut away tissue, skin and fat. This is also the case if the nipple needs to be repositioned or the areola shape or size adjusted. The incision pattern varies in each case, but is usually made around the areola or in the underarm area.
In some situations a combination of liposuction and excision may be required.
The risks
As with any surgical operation, there are several potential risks involved in breast reduction procedures and you should speak to your surgeon about these before you commit to the surgery. They include:
* swelling, pain, scarring and bruising;
* infection;
* changes in nipple or breast sensitivity;
* irregularities in breast shape, contour and symmetry; and
* skin discolouration.
You can expect to feel some pain, swelling, bruising and discomfort for a few days after the procedure, but nothing a decent prescription pain killer can’t fix. You should be able to return to work as early as a day or two after the surgery and your stitches should be removed a week or two after it. To keep the incisions covered, the swelling down and the skin in place you’ll probably need to wear an elastic pressure bandage continuously for a week or two and for a little longer at night.
You are probably going to be advised to avoid heavy exercise, strenuous work and sexual activity for a while, but should be back in normal working condition within about a month. The worst of the swelling will subside within the first week, but it may take three months or longer before the full results of the procedure will become completely apparent.
After considering all the above don’t you think you should give Gynexin a try, no pian, no recovery, no huge cost, no more man boobs.