A Brief Guide on Gynaecomastia (man boobs) Surgery!
Gynaecomastia is an enlargement of the breast tissue in men, causing the appearance of what are colloquially called man boobs. The condition is prevalent in up to two-thirds of the male population and associated with significant psychological impact. Gynaecomastia is usually diagnosed in teenage boys and older males.
The signs of Gynaecomastia are prominent breasts or a lump of fatty tissue under nipples. In some men with Gynaecomastia, the lump may feel tender or sore.
What causes Gynaecomastia?
True gynaecomastia only has enlarged fatty tissue, and pseudo gynaecomastia has both fatty and glandular tissues.
Hormonal imbalance: Testosterone is responsible for male sexual growth while estrogen is a critical female sex hormone. An increase in the estrogen level causes breast tissue in males to swell. Hormonal changes occurring during puberty and decreasing testosterone levels with aging may give rise to Gynaecomastia.
Obesity: High estrogen is linked to weight gain. As breast tissue is largely composed of fatty materials, overweightness can also enlarge it. In some cases, exercising and weight loss can address the problem. However, in a majority of cases, Gynaecomastia surgery is an ideal solution to lose man boobs.
Age factor: Gynaecomastia occurring during puberty usually resolves by the time boys turn 16 or 17 years. As older males tend to have more trunk and upper body fat, the higher levels of estrogen produced in their body may cause Gynaecomastia.
Uncommon causes: Rarely, excess breast tissue growth in men can result from:
A disease or injury affecting the testicles, which secrete testosterone.
- Anabolic steroid user.
- An overactive or underactive thyroid (too much or too little hormones).
- Different types of drugs; please see the list here.
- Lung, pituitary and adrenal gland tumors.
- Alcoholism and consumption of illegal drugs, including heroin and marijuana.
- Liver disease and kidney failure.
- A rare genetic disorder known as Klinefelter syndrome.
Treatment for Gynaecomastia
Doctors may recommend medication or Gynaecomastia surgery. When the condition doesn’t respond to medication, gyno surgery is the only alternative.
Is male breast reduction surgery right for me?
Enlarged breasts can be a source of embarrassment, anxiety and poor self-image in men. If you’re a healthy adult male who has been living with Gynaecomastia for a long time, then you’re a good candidate for the procedure.
Benefits of male breast reduction for Gynaecomastia
Gynaecomastia surgery is an effective treatment for enlarged male breasts. Results from this one-time treatment are long-lasting, if not permanent.
Other than increasing your confidence and self-esteem, Gynaecomastia treatment also provides advantages of:
- A flatter chest and more masculine physique
- Greater comfort while performing physical activities
- A better posture from standing straighter and taller
Yet another reason to get rid of man boobs with Gynaecomastia surgery is the freedom to dress as you please and go shirtless with abandon!
What to expect from Gynaecomastia surgery
The procedure involves making incisions around the nipple to remove excess fat tissue (true gynaecomastia) and/or glandular tissue (pseudo gynaecomastia) and/or skin from the breasts. Incisions are usually made around the edge of the areola or within the creases of the chest.
The location and length (1-2 cm) of incisions are determined by the extent of tissue excision required. The incisions are made carefully to ensure aesthetic results with inconspicuous scarring. They are closed by dressings or bandages.
Male breast reduction surgery can be done with local anesthesia plus analgesic in clinic or hospital if preferred. The procedure takes about an hour and a half to two hours.
After care and recovery time
Your surgeon will provide post op instructions on wearing a compression garment or elastic bandage to reduce swelling and bruising, taking oral or topical medications, noting symptoms that require immediate medical attention, and when to follow up.
The recovery time for gyno surgery is 4-6 weeks. You will be advised to take complete rest 2-3 days after the surgery, and avoid strenuous activity for a week or two. Initially, you may feel pain, tenderness or tightness in the operated area. Your surgeon will remove the dressing at your first post-operative visit.
Preparing for your Gynaecomastia surgery
- You will be required to undergo a medical evaluation or lab tests
- You may be asked to adjust the medication you’re on
- You may need to discontinue taking anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements
- Quit smoking at least 2-4 weeks before surgery as nicotine can delay healing
- You will need to shave your chest and underarms completely prior to surgery
- Your surgeon may request you not to eat or drink six hours before surgery
Arrange for a family member or friend to accompany you to the clinic or hospital, drive you back from surgery, and stay with you for the first 24 hours following your surgery.
Male breast reduction risks
Gyno surgery has a very high success rate. Potential risks of men’s breast reduction surgery are:
- Bruises and hematomas
- Poor wound healing
- Breast asymmetry
- Fluid accumulation in the breast
- Temporary or permanent damage to muscles, blood vessels or nerves
- Temporary or permanent changes in nipple sensitivity or tenderness
How much will Gynaecomastia surgery cost?
The average cost of gynaecomastia surgery is $3500-$4500 if done in clinic and additional fee if preferred to be done in hospital. In most cases, surgical treatment for gynaecomastia is not covered by health insurance.
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The results from Gynaecomastia surgery are permanent. If your condition was caused by obesity, drug use or certain prescription medication, then you must make lifestyle changes to maintain your results.
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FAQsWho is a candidate for Gynaecomastia surgery?
Men who have a chest that is disproportionately large from some combination of fat or glandular tissue.
The chest area often feels slightly tender for a few days. This is normal, avoid using your chest wall muscles forcibly, to avoid discomfort. As liposculpture uses local anaesthetic infiltration, it is commonly pain free after surgery.
There is no age limit to undergo this procedure as long as the adult is above the age of 18.
On average about 3 hours, depending on the type of procedure and areas to be treated.
VASER® Liposuction is a safe procedure and the chances of complications are very low. This will all be discussed during your pre op health check.
Skin irregularities are rare after a VASER® Lipo procedure due to its advanced technology.
There may be bruising and swelling which eases off in a few days.
Thin strips of sterilised bandages are applied at the point of incision. However, if they come off, they can easily be replaced with a band-aid.
You may also need to apply sterilised absorbing gauze at the drainage sites.
For the first week you will have to wear a pressure support garment throughout the day.
After the first week, you will have to wear it for at least 12 hours a day for the next 4 to 6 weeks.
You can start exercising in about 2 weeks after the surgery.
During this period you should go for leisurely walks to enable the removal of excess tumescent fluid.
You should protect the treated area from direct exposure to the sun for around 2 to 3 weeks.
There is no need for a special diet but a healthy diet is recommended.
As some swelling is inevitable, you should avoid carbohydrates and sodium and eat foods rich in protein.
The results are permanent because the removed fat cells cannot be reproduced.
However, excessive weight gain may lead to the expansion of other fat cells.
The chances of scarring after VASER® Lipo are extremely low. The small incisions are usually placed in hidden areas of your body.
You should not drive for at least 24 hours after your VASER® Liposuction surgery.
It is recommended that you visit your doctor a day, a week, a month, 6 months and 12 months after the surgery, in order for the doctor to monitor your progress.
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