Men also have breast tissue like women, and sometimes it may be more than normal. It is a condition called “gynecomastia” as known in medicine. Men or teenagers with gynecomastia avoid shirtless activities as they feel embarrassed, which is most common among adolescents. It may result in problems such as avoiding taking shower -which is necessary after physical education classes or attending the classes. This condition does not improve with diet and exercise. Gynecomastia can only be treated by surgery.
Excess breast tissue in men is removed by gynecomastia surgery, which offers a permanent solution to a permanent problem.
What causes gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is generally related with hormones. Men with gynecomastia have higher levels of estrogen, i.e. the female hormone. The hormonal imbalance occurs naturally at specific time periods. Specifically, it often occurs during adolescence and in the old age when levels of testosterone hormone, i.e. the male hormone, are lower than estrogen hormone. Although these hormonal imbalances are temporary, they can lead to distress, particularly in young men.
Accumulation of fat in the chest area may also look like gynecomastia in obese people.
Some conditions and use of some medications can also be associated with gynecomastia.
Are there any other men who have this problem like me?
Gynecomastia is not an exceptionally rare condition. Among older men and adolescents, approximately one out of three men suffers from this condition.
Who can have gynecomastia surgery?
Surgery is not recommended for gynecomastia during adolescence since it is usually temporary during that period. We initially recommend to have hormone tests, and come back if the condition still persists by the end of adolescence.
It is possible to treat gynecomastia without surgery?
Gynecomastia is not a condition that can be changed by diet or exercise. Surgery is the only treatment option.
How should I prepare for the surgery?
If you are taking a blood thinner, you should share this information with us during first consultation, and discontinue it before the surgery.
Where can I get gynecomastia surgery?
Gynecomastia surgery should be carried out in an operating room setting at a general hospital.
Will I be given anaesthetics?
Gynecomastia surgery is usually performed under sedation with local anaesthesia.
How long does the surgery usually take?
Gynecomastia surgery lasts for 1 to 2 hours depending on the procedure.
What kind of a procedure is performed during a gynecomastia surgery?
If enlargement of your breasts is only associated with excess fat, then liposuction alone can be sufficient. Liposuction is removal of excess fat by suction technique where a pipe is inserted through a small incision. However, if it is accompanied with increased breast tissue, then removal of the excess breast tissue is also required. In that case, it is removed by an intraareolar semilunar incision.
Liposuction and open incision can be combined depending on the patient’s status.
Will I be admitted to the hospital after the surgery?
Patients are usually discharged on the day of operation after a gynecomastia surgery.
Is gynecomastia surgery a painful procedure?
Patient will suffer some pain due to liposuction procedure, otherwise gynecomastia surgery is not a painful procedure. The pain will be relieved by oral painkillers.
What should and shouldn’t I do after the surgery?
Gynecomastia surgery is a simple procedure. The only thing that you should do after surgery is to keep an eye on your medical dressing and use a special corset to facilitate healing and reduce edema for two weeks. Apart from that, you should avoid heavy sporting activities. However, you can start other sports activities after three weeks.
Will there be a surgical scar?
There will be no visible scar if gynecomastia surgery is performed with liposuction technique. If it is perfomed by using an open incision, then there will be a hardly visible scar around the areola, which will go unnoticed owing to the skin color in this area.
When can I go back to my normal life?
You can go back to your normal life within 2-3 days after the gynecomastia surgery.
What complications are expected after the gynecomastia surgery?
You may have swelling and bruises in the operation area for a some time following the gynecomastia surgery, however it is all temporary. Hemorrhage or infection are very unlikely after the surgery.
Sometimes there may be some irregularities like depression and waviness as a complication of liposuction, but they can be overcome by a good planning.
Is the resulting appearance permanent?
The result after gynecomastia surgery is usually permanent except for excessive weight gains.