Male Breast Liposuction on the Rise
With each year the percentage of male based liposuction procedures have been increasing. This past year the percentage of males receiving liposuction was over 16% in the United States of America. In certain geographic locations such as India the percentage of male based liposuction procedures was as high as 39%. Male breast liposuction has been one of the treatments that has been on the rise in recent years across the globe.
On average, world wide, there is an increasing occurrence of men partaking in cosmetic based procedures to improve their outward appearance. The impetus for this movement can be traced to a variety of factors. The collective importance and preoccupation of ones physical appearance has been increasingly thrust into the spot light. The flawless stars of Hollywood or Bollywood tend to give us an unrealistic model of what the “ideal” male/female body should look like. Coupled with the societal pressures to conform to the artificial standards of beauty, the procedure of liposuction itself has become that much more perfected and relatively available to the general public.
Why get Male Breast Liposuction?
Breast reduction liposuction surgery is not a new procedure, per se. However, the clientele who has been tapping into this unique procedure certainly is. There has been a significant increase in the number of males who have been getting male breast liposuction. The reasoning for this can be two fold, one to correct cosmetic/superficial flaws, and two, to treat a medical condition known as gynecomastia. Gynecomastia is the excessive development of breasts in men, usually having it’s root in a hormonal imbalance. There is; however, a condition known as false gynecomastia, resulting in excessive breast tissue related to weight gain or medication complications. While the result is similar in both extrapolations of the disease the treatment options as they related to liposuction can be rather different.
Gynocomastia Treated with Liposuction
Gynecomastia male breast reduction can be accomplished through liposuction with surprisingly good results. It should be noted, that depending on the type of gynecomastia you are suffering from there could be some complications in your ultimate success through liposuction alone. To understand this completely we need to familiarize ourselves with the types of tissue that can build up in the breast. Adipose tissue is tissue that the body uses to store fat. While unsightly to some, it does serve a function in providing the body with a source of energy, protection and warmth. This type of tissue is most easily removed through liposuction. Results in this scenario provide the best overall outcome. Glandular tissue on the other hand has a more fibrous texture and is not as easily removed through male breast liposuction alone. In extreme cases you may need to still undergo gynecomastia surgery to remove more obstinate glandular tissue.
How Does Male Breast Liposuction Work?
How Does Male Breast Liposuction Work?
The procedure surrounding male breast liposuction is much the same as any traditional liposuction procedure. Small incisions will be made surrounding the treatment area. These incisions will be used as a gateway to access the fat stores subcutaneously. A small cannula (hollow tube), fitted to a suction device will then be inserted below the skin and moved back-and-forth across the treatment area, subsequently removing the fat in the process.
There are a variety of liposuction treatments available, Tumescent Liposuction (using fluid), Laser Assisted Liposuction, traditional liposuction (no fluid or dry), and Ultrasound or Ultrasonic Assisted Liposuction. Each have their benefit and detractors and ultimately should be further discussed with your physician to determine the most effective way to treat your gynecomastia. It should; however, be noted that Ultrasonic Assisted Liposuction has not been formally approved by the FDA due to it’s unproven safety record and efficacy.
Finding the Right Physician
Triaging your ultimate physician and surgery location can be one of the most important aspects of the surgery. Be sure to shop around when choosing a physician. Choose a doctor who has a proven track record of performing your type of procedure. You will want a physician who performs you operation on a regular basis and will be well equip in the event of an emergency. Check to see if your physician is board certified and if the surgery center/hospital your are having the procedure done at is accredited. These will ensure that you physician and staff are held to a higher caliber of risk management standards and will likely ensure a better result. The complications with liposuction are very real including, nerve damage, seromas, tissue damage, tissue death, infection, even death. Do your self a favor and spend time in choosing a physician, it could be the most important thing you do.