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Reasons For Male Breast Augmentation: Hormones And Surgical Intervention

Feb 27, 2008
Male breast augmentation is referred to medically as gynecomastia when it happens as a result of hormone imbalance or as pectoral implants when it is accomplished surgically. Males may develop breasts naturally, which occurs in some rare circumstances, or may seek to have it done as part of sexual reassignment or curiosity. Implants are sometimes used also to give the appearance of more developed chest muscles. Men have the same issues and needs as women following the surgery.

Gynecomastia And Hormones

The natural development of enlarged glandular tissue in the upper chests of men may occur due to certain disorders or as the result of supplements. Women can also benefit from the same supplements should they seek enlargement, but surgery is often a more accepted, and definitive, method to achieving the desired look. The key is an increase in estrogen. In men this alters the estrogen-androgen balance resulting in chest development. More common than expected, it is seen in approximately 60-90% of infants due to the hormones present before birth and in 24-65% of middle age men. Decreases in testosterone or problems with the testes may result in this occurring at other times in life.

Pectoral Implants

Transgender males, female impersonators, or men who seek to have a female form for any number of other reasons may turn to surgery for fuller chests. The procedure is nearly identical to the operation in women except implants are placed behind the pectoral muscle. There are two types of commonly used breast implants. Saline is sterile salt water inside a plastic pouch. The amount of saline will determine firmness and shape. If the plastic shell leaks, the pouch will deflate and the contents will be absorbed by the body safely. Silicone is an elastic gel that mimics natural tissue within a similar shell. Implanting silicone requires regular checkups to check for leaks. The pouch will not collapse because the gel may remain inside the chest pocket. Follow-ups to monitor for this situation are necessary.

Potential Complications Of Undergoing The Surgical Option

As with any other surgery there are some potential problems that may arise during or after the operation. Not all patients respond to or recover from anesthesia in the same manner. Waking up in the recovery room may be difficult for some and there may be breathing problems in a small proportion of surgical clients. Any invasive technique also carries the potential for infection and bleeding. These complications could result in poor wound healing, leading to a longer recovery time, increased scarring, and in clotting which could lead to more drastic cardiovascular and pulmonary complications. The more severe side effects of male breast augmentation require medical follow-up.
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