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Plastic Surgery for Men Part 2: Gynaecomastia or Man Boobs

by | Male Breasts, Men

This is for the men out there, or ladies with men in their lives, who may be interested. I previously talked about plastic surgery for men to give them a more youthful appearance. The focus then was on the face.
Today I’m going to talk about one of the most frequent concerns for men, gynaecomastia (aka. male breasts, aka. man boobs, aka. moobs).

This is by far one of the most distressing cosmetic conditions that men have. It can happen to anyone. They can be fit or overweight. Men with this often avoid taking off their shirts in public. They won’t go swimming or to the beach. If they do, they wear a shirt. Often they wear two shirts to better conceal the area, or even a compression shirt under their regular clothes. They complain that they can’t wear the tight fitting clothes they want to because of their chests. Often guys work out like crazy to get super fit, but won’t show anyone. I have patients talk about how they worry about getting intimate with their partners because of their gynaecomastia.

What can be done about Gynaecomastia?

In fact, a lot can be done. The most important thing is to make sure that it is not a health concern.
There are a number of causes for gynaecomastia that are perfectly natural, but there are others that are not, and need to be ruled out. This includes hormone disorders and even male breast cancer. Your doctor is a good resource to screen for any medical causes. There are drugs that cause this: prescriptions, steroids, illicit drugs, and excessive alcohol. If these are the cause, then cessation may be enough. In the case of a prescription, then a change to another medication may be all that is needed.
Controlling your weight is important. There are two reasons for this. The first is that a portion of gynaecomastia is gland tissue and a portion is fat. Weight loss will help decrease the fat in the area. The other thing that weight loss will do is lessen the conversion of natural male hormones in the body to female hormones which increases the volume of gland. And of course there is plastic surgery for gynaecomastia.

So what does gynaecomastia surgery entail?

Like all surgeries it has to be customized to you and your specific problem. As I mentioned, gynaecomastia is usually made up of fat and excessive glandular tissue. For the really fit men, it is usually just the gland that contributes to their gynaecomastia. Both need to be treated to get the best cosmetic result. The gland is removed through a very small incision that runs along the boarder of the areola and the chest skin. I usually use less than 1/4 of the diameter in the lower-outer portion of the areola.
I find this leaves a scar that is very hard to see without careful scrutiny. A small amount of gland is left behind to prevent excessive hollowing that could lead to indentation. The other component is fat removal. I love this part of the surgery. The fat I remove is done through liposuction. Oftentimes, I don’t need to add any scar for this. I remove the fat over the pec muscle, I make sure to remove it from under the areola and then I do what I think takes a good result and makes it great. This is a trick I had never seen in Canada and I had to go to Australia to learn. I remove very aggressively the fat that lies just below and lateral to the pectoralis major muscle. If you see pictures of really fit men, they have a very defined edge to their pec.
By thoroughly removing the fat below the pec, extending towards the armpit, I am able to chisel the chest, creating really nice pec muscle definition. By doing so I am not just removing the gynaecomastia, but creating an athletic looking chest wall. For the extra time in surgery and the recovery, it is well worth it to get the best result from your gynaecomastia surgery.

Results from gynaecomastia surgery can be amazing and life changing.

I have been contacted by potential patients from across Ontario, Canada and even the USA because of patient reviews. They have seen photographs and been in a blog discussion with past patients who’s lives were altered by this surgery. It is a very rewarding surgery for me and something that brings a high level of satisfaction to my patients.

For more information on gynaecomastia visit https://drshortt.com/body-contouring/male-breasts-gynaecomastia/

If you are interested in gynaecomastia surgery please contact my office for a discreet consultation. Click here or telephone 905-849-4282.

Dr Rodger Shortt is a specialist plastic surgeon who graduated from Queen’s Medical School in 2004 and became certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 2009. He received further sub-specialty fellowship training with international plastic surgeons in micro-vascular breast reconstruction, cosmetic plastic surgery, and body contouring after bariatric (gastric banding) surgery, significant weight loss or post-pregnancy. Dr Rodger Shortt strives to be the best plastic surgeon and is committed to providing high quality patient care and achieving excellent results. He is considered one of the top plastic surgeons and one of the few plastic surgeons in Canada that has the top rating of five stars in Realself, Rate MD, and Ontario Doctor review.

Reviews

Dr. Shortt preformed a gynecomastia gland removal on me

Dr. Shortt preformed a gynecomastia gland removal on me, I am 20 years old and have been dealing with gynecomastia my whole life, it has caused me alot of pain and discomfort. I am very athletic and fitness is my passion, having these glands affected how I looked cosmetically as well. I was recommended by my doctor to have Dr. Shortt as my surgeon, and I am so happy I was recommended to him. Throughout the process getting ready for my surgery he was extremely knowledgeable and professional providing all the information I needed to know. His staff were very helpful as well and I sent several emails asking questions and always got a reply right away. The surgery itself went really well and I was surprised that there was very little pain following the surgery, I didn’t really need any painkillers. He removed both glands which happened to be quite large from my chest. I saw Dr Shortt for follow up appointments for the first 3 weeks after, we were both extremely happy with how I was healing and the results. In fact, I am blown away by how much better I look, there is no scar at all and no soreness and discomfort like I had before I got the surgery done. I’m impressed, and I haven’t even healed fully yet since I am only 3 weeks out, I am looking forward to the final results because it’s only going to get better from here. This was a life changing surgery for me, I am so pleased I was able to get the opportunity to have such a great surgeon perform it. If you are a male that is looking for a good surgeon to perform this type of surgery, I am confident that you will be beyond happy with what Dr. Shortt can do, I know I was. Thank you.

I highly recommend dr. Shortt, he is very honest.

I highly recommend dr. Shortt, he is very honest. I had a consultation for my son to do his nose he explained everything to us thoroughly and spend enough time with us and answered all our questions.

I had sought a breast reduction to ease the back and neck pain

I had sought a breast reduction to ease the back and neck pain I had endured for years. I had met a few other plastic surgeons over a year period. I had never been comfortable or confident enough to make the decision to have surgery…not until I met with Dr Shortt. I had been afraid of surgery and never felt convinced it was worth it. After my consultation with Dr Shortt , I was excited about how he could help. He made me feel very comfortable. During the initial examination we also spoke about the large deposits of skin and fat under my arms – a constant source of embarrassment and discomfort. I had not worn anything sleeveless in years as they spilled out. He spoke to me about “auxiliary breast tissue removal”. I was thrilled there was something that could be done and both surgeries could be performed together When explaining what the procedure would entail and the recovery time, he spoke with me not at me. He acknowledged my fears and concerns. All my questions had been answered and I knew that surgery was the right decision and he was the right surgeon for me! ( I was so excited about the prospect now that I shared with my daughter now amazing he was – she had also meet other plastic surgeons for implants for herself – she met him and was also so impressed – she had her surgery performed by him as well!) The surgery went well. At all the follow up appointments, he was always timely. You would think being exposed and examined would be uncomfortable, but is wasn’t. He is such a professional and put you at such ease with him that I never had the chance to feel uncomfortable He would exam the areas and scars and instruct how to best take care of them. He shared in my joy and excitement for the difference this had made! I feel better and look better I also want to mention what an amazing team he has as well. Everyone I came into contact with at his office were amazing! I can’t come up with one thing that I feel he could have improved on. Without any hesitation I would, and do, recommend him!

I selected Dr Shortt based on his credentials and experience

At 51 years of age and many, many years of pain, I sought out a Surgeon who would perform for me an OHIP covered Breast Reduction and after a great deal of research, I selected Dr Shortt based on his credentials and experience. Reviewing his past surgery accomplishments, I soon wanted the “Mommy Makeover”. At my first appointment, I was pleasantly surprised by the Dr Shortt’s demeanor. He was found to be very approachable and empathetic. He took the time to explain everything that I needed to know and also answered all of my questions without making it seem a burden. He went through step by step what I would go through during and after my surgery. As a very self-conscious person, he was able to make me feel very comfortable being fully exposed and was professional every step of the way. His Support Staff are all so very courteous and professional. As far as the surgery itself, I would have to say I think that not only is he an excellent Surgeon, he is a Sculptor. I am extremely pleased with the results. The few people that I have shown my stomach and newly formed belly button are astounded at the results. Currently I am 9 weeks post op and feel wonderful and able to go back to the gym. Dr Shortt being a Perfectionist wants another 6mth appt to ensure that I remain am as happy as I am today and that the scarring is as minimal as possible. He has changed my life and I am very grateful. I would and have recommended him to several people already.

I am currently 5 weeks post op and am extremely pleased with my results

I am currently 5 weeks post op and am extremely pleased with my results so far and Dr.Shortt told me if I’m happy with the results so far, wait until I’m finally healed. Dr Shortt is an amazing doctor, his bedside manner is impeccable and at every step of the way he made me feel comfortable and you could tell he genuinely really cared. He took his time to listen to me and my concerns and reassured me he would do his very best, and the results so far are amazing, I am extremely happy and feel amazing. With any big surgery it can be scarey and nervous but Dr.Shortt is very knowledgeable and most of the time had already answered all my questions I had for him and he put me at ease. His staff are amazing to work with too, especially Joanne. Thank you guys, from my very first consult to today you have made this whole experience absolutely amazing. I would highly recommend you definitely go see Dr.Shortt his professionalism and the fact that he actually treats you like a person first shows he really cares.

I am very pleased with the excellent work of Dr. Rodger Shortt

I am very pleased with the excellent work of Dr. Rodger Shortt. His expertise and great manners helped me a lot through the difficult times and multiple operations I went through. As a cancer breast patient, I had two mastectomies for my right and left breasts. Dr. Short joined the surgeon on my second mastectomy and started his wonderful work of inserting the breast tissue expanders. I visited Dr. Shortt’s clinic several times to inject the saline into the breast expanders. During these visits, I appreciated the staff pleasant attitudes and Dr. Shortt recommendations. At the last stage of the process, Dr. Shortt removed the breast expanders and inserted the breast implants and he reconstructed my nipples from my breast skin. I am very pleased with the wonderful job Dr. Shortt has completed. I highly recommend Dr. Shortt and wish him every success with all the patients.

I am so very grateful for all the hard work he did

About 8 years ago I had a lumpectomy leaving my breasts very unbalanced. It has made super uncomfortable about my appearance especially in a bathing suite. Dr. Shortt did an amazing job fixing this. I am so very grateful for all the hard work he did. My girls look like twins instead of cousins. Also, his staff is excellent and caring. I am so happy and recommend him to anyone who needs a good Plastic Surgeon who listens and get the best possible results for his patient.

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