Male Breast Augmentation
Breast Augmentation for Men, Everything You Need to Know
Though breast augmentation is generally considered a plastic surgery procedure for women, as the popularity of male plastic surgery rises, some men also seek augmentation surgery to increase their breast size.
People undergoing gender re-assignment surgery, transsexuals and cross-dressing males may want to increase their breast size for a more feminine appearance and to fit in women’s clothing better. In some cases, the augmentation is sought to aid in theatrical careers. Though hormones are often used to increase breast size, surgical enhancement may be advisable.
Can A Man Get Breast Implants?
Breast augmentation is usually thought of as plastic surgery for women, but breast augmentation for men is becoming more popular. People who have gender reassignment surgery may want to enhance their breasts for a more feminized appearance and fit in women’s clothing.
What Is Breast Augmentation For Men?
Breast augmentation is a cosmetic procedure to increase the breasts’ size in women and men. The surgery can do the following for men:
- Enhance the breasts’ fullness and projection to give transitioning men a more feminine appearance.
- Improve the balance of hip and breast contours.
- Boost your self-confidence and self-image as you transition mentally and physically to another gender.
Who Is A Candidate For Male Breast Augmentation?
Candidates for male to female breast augmentation are transwomen or nonbinary individuals 18 years or older who want to go through a body transformation to improve their body confidence and self-esteem. Patients who are considering male to female breast augmentation must be physically and emotionally healthy.
The best candidates for male to female breast augmentation will be those who have realistic expectations for their results and expect dramatic improvement, not perfection. They must also be able to maintain a positive outlook throughout the experience and be committed to their breast augmentation journey.
Breast Augmentation For Men: What Are the Risks
As with female breast surgery, preventing infection of the wound is important. Antibiotics are prescribed after surgery, and the risk of infection is very small. Some stretching of the skin may produce discomfort for 3 to 4 days after surgery. Your surgeon will provide a prescription for pain medications.
The Male Breast Augmentation Procedure.
Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure that needs to be though out prior to surgery. This thought process includes the patient choosing the size of implant based on her needs and the recommendations of the surgeon.
A general anesthetic is normally used, so that the patient is asleep during surgery.
Along with the major discussion regarding the size and shape of the implants, the patient should also discuss with her surgeon incision options, basically where the cut is made for entry of the breast implant.
The following incision options are available base on surgeons recommendations and patient preference. This incisions include: inframmammary incision, done in the crease under the breast; transaxillary incision, in the armpit and periareolar incision, around the nipple.
The choice of incision depends on several factors, including how much enlargement is involved, the patient’s anatomy, the type of implant, and surgeon-patient preference.
After the incision is made, the breast implant is inserted into a pocket and may go under or over the pectoral muscle. There are two types of placement:
A submuscular placement goes under the pectoral muscle. Recovery may take longer, and there may be more pain after the operation.
A submammary, or subglandular, placement goes behind the breast tissue, over the pectoral muscle.
After the breast implant is inserted, the surgeon closes the incisions with layered sutures, or stitches, in the breast tissue. Stitches, skin adhesives, and surgical tape close the skin and keep it closed.
Breast Augmentation For Men After Surgery
After surgery, the male patient is likely to feel general fatigue and soreness in the breast area. He should allow sufficient time to rest to aid proper healing. The surgeon may recommend wearing a compression bandage or bra for a period after surgery. He or she may also advise breast massage to aid in healing. The breast and nipple may be numb for a short period after the procedure. Contact your doctor if any redness of the breast or increasing pain occurs.
The Breast Augmentation Recovery
How long will breast augmentation surgery recovery take?
Everyone’s body is unique and each of us heals differently so there is no exact timeframe for recovery. However, most everyone agrees that a full recovery can take on average six weeks or so, and women may notice that they feel perfectly fine after about a week.
Post-operation recovery stage: when waking from general anesthesia you will feel groggy and eventually feel some soreness. The grogginess should wear off in a matter of hours. However, you will need someone to drive you home and stay with you overnight.
The first seven days: typically, the first three to five days are the most uncomfortable after breast augmentation surgery. You will be prescribed pain medication for at least the first 72 hours. Most everyone feel better after a few days and are able to return to work with seven days.