Gynecomastia surgery is the removal or reduction of enlarged breast glands in men and boys. Men and women all have breast glands, but they tend to be small and undeveloped in men. Breast gland enlargement may affect newborn males, boys during puberty, and older men. The condition can stem from an imbalance between testosterone and estrogen.
It should be noted that the swelling of breasts to an abnormally large size is not the result of extra fat. Older men produce less testosterone than younger men and tend to have more fat which can result in higher production of estrogen. Gynaecomastia is not known to cause health issues and is usually resolved by adulthood.
What is Involved in the Procedure?
In many cases, gynecomastia resolves itself without any treatment or surgery. If the condition does not resolve on its own, or if the patient experiences pain, tenderness, or embarrassment, breast reduction surgery may be recommended.
Surgery for gynecomastia involves liposuction to remove excess fatty tissue or excision to cut out excess glandular tissue. If a major reduction in tissue and skin is necessary, both liposuction and excision will be used. Your surgeon will go over everything more in-depth during the consultation phase.
How Should I Prepare for My Surgery?
There are several things you can do to prepare in the weeks leading up to your surgery.
- Let your surgeon know about the medications you are taking.
- Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and off-the-shelf herbal medicines or nutritional supplements.
- Stop smoking at least 6 weeks before your surgery date and don’t start until after your wounds have healed completely.
On the day of your surgery, it is recommended that you wear comfortable clothes. It is important that you do not eat or drink for six hours prior to surgery.
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What Happens During My Surgery?
Anesthesia will be administered to keep you asleep during surgery. Your surgeon will proceed to remove excess glandular breast tissue with the intention of minimizing the chance of recurrence. Depending on what your treatment plan calls for, either liposuction, excision, or a combination of the two methods will be used.
What Happens After My Surgery?
After surgery, a dressing garment is applied to minimize swelling and support your chest as you heal. To reduce swelling, this may be worn for up to two weeks. In most cases, you can return home the same day but will need someone to drive you. You may be groggy for up to 48 hours due to the general anesthesia. A follow-up visit will be scheduled within the first week. It can take six weeks to fully resume your normal routine.
Ready to Learn More About Gynecomastia?
The best way to know if gynecomastia surgery is right for you is to schedule a consultation with experienced surgeons at Sthetix. Our BAPRAS registered surgeons understand the underlying causes of this condition and will discuss your health, goals, and lifestyle. The success of this procedure depends on your candidness during your consultation.
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