Breast Augmentation for Men, Everything You Need to Know

August 21 2013

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.

The Procedure

The procedure to enhance the male breast is similar to that done for women. An incision is made in the breast and a saline implant of appropriate size inserted into the opening. The incision is then closed, and healing begins. A number of different methods may be used.

  • Transaxillary – This procedure is done through the armpit of the patient
  • Periareolar – In this procedure, the incision is made at the outer edge of the nipple.
  • Inframammary – The surgeon makes the incision under the breast so that any scare will be hidden.

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.

Problems of Breast Augmentation Surgery

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. Saline implants can be expected to last for around 16 years. Revision surgery may be needed before this date in cases of rupture or leakage. Excessively large implants may produce early drooping of the breast.