Male Chest Reconstruction

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  Men are becoming increasingly aware of the benefits of plastic and reconstructive surgery. More males are experiencing self-esteem issues due to distortions of their male physique. Common conditions that men seek consultations for are liposuction, gynecomastia, pectus excavatum, and pectoral implants. Causes are congenital or involve abnormalities in the developmental aspects of the body and can only be improved through cosmetic surgery.

  There are a number of problematic areas for liposuction for men. Liposuction can greatly improve the body contours of the male patient. It can help reduce the appearance of "love handles", or excess fat around the abdominal area. Many men have a hard time losing weight in this area, despite a healthy diet and vigorous exercise.

  Another common use for liposuction of men is the treatment for gynecomastia. Gynecomastia is defined as breast enlargement in men and can affect one breast or both. Gynecomastia affects an estimated 40-60% of men and ranges from mild to severe. In most cases, men feel self-conscious about the appearance of their chest and research for ways they can improve the contours of their chest. Breast reduction is a popular option to remove the adipose and glandular tissue from the breasts to achieve a flatter and firmer look. Depending on the severity and complexity of each case, an incision inside the areolar border would be less conspicuous and enables the surgeon to perform liposuction surgery to remove adipose tissue.

Other conditions contributing to gynecomastia such as, large or elongated nipples and "puffy" areolas can be adjusted with nipple and areolar reduction improving the look of the chest and can be done simultaneously with gynecomastia surgery.

  The most common congenital chest wall deformity is pectus excavatum. This condition is also known as, cobbler's chest or funnel chest, which gives the anterior chest wall a caved in or sunken appearance due to abnormal growth of the sternum and the ribs. The severity of the defect and assymetry of the chest may vary. Although pectus excavatum is often considered to be cosmetic, it can impair cardiac and respiratory function, causing pain in the chest. Individuals with the abnormality may experience negative psychosocial effects, and avoid activities that expose the chest.

Pectoral implants are used to augment the male chest wall and achieve increased fullness in the chest area. This procedure may serve to correct a congenital deformity, developmental abnormality, or tear of the pectoralis muscles. In some cases, the pectoralis muscles are underdeveloped even with exercise, causing the patient to feel "unproportional". Custom made pectoral implants are used to improve body contours and proportions in men. Implants are placed submuscularly through an incision placed in the axillary area.


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Tom J. Pousti has 1 articles online

Dr. Tom Pousti is a La Jolla / San Diego Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon specializing in Reconstructive and Cosmetic Plastic Surgery and is dedicated to restoring appearance, self-esteem, function, and quality of life to his patients. After 17 years of extensive medical and surgical training, Dr. Tom Pousti is double board certified in General Surgery as well as Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Pousti and his wife Marjan reside in San Diego with their three sons and daughter.

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This article was published on 2011/05/10