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What is Gynecomastia ?
Gynecomastia is the medical term for the enlargement of male breasts, sometimes referred to as “man boobs”. It is an extremely common condition, with estimates indicating that over 30% of the male population experiences symptoms of gynecomastia at some point in their life. It is especially common during adolescence, when young men undergo hormonal changes. Both boys and girls produce measurable amounts of estrogen, which is responsible for the growth of breast tissue. If estrogen levels surge during a young man’s teenage years, it can result in the formation of an enlarged chest.
Every man has his own sense of individuality, and gynecomastia surgery caters to each man’s frame and works with the contours of his unique chest. It refers to an increase in the amount of tissue in the breast gland and can affect either one or both breasts, giving an uneven appearance. Patients may notice extra tissue around the nipples and more prominent breasts. Sometimes, patients also experience pain in the breast.
While gynecomastia may go away on its own, as it is breast gland tissue and not fat, it is not something that tends to respond to exercise or diet in the same way as weight loss. In general, it is not a serious medical problem, but it can lead to feelings of embarrassment, especially when shirtless or going swimming.
In this method, only the breast fat is removed and not the breast glandular tissue. It is the preferred method for treating gynecomastia due to excess fatty tissue.
In this method, the glandular breast tissue or skin along with the breast fat are removed to reduce the enlarged male breast.
In some cases, liposuction and tissue excision, both can be performed together to treat gynecomastia.
What to expect
Consultation: You will have a consultation with a plastic surgeon who will evaluate your goals and determine if you are a suitable candidate for lipofilling.
Medical Evaluation: Your surgeon will assess your overall health, review your medical history, and may perform some pre-operative tests.
Preparation: Your surgeon will provide instructions on how to prepare for the procedure, which may include avoiding certain medications or supplements.
Frequently asked questions
Although it affects both breasts in most cases, one out of every patient suffers from gynaecomastia in just one breast.
There is often a certain amount of swelling in all surgeries, which is a natural reaction of our body. This will disappear over the first few weeks.
It will depend on your job and the type of surgery you have had. In the case of liposuction, you will be able to return to work within a few days if you do not do any strenuous exercise. If you have had glandular tissue removed, you must wait at least 5 days to one week. Follow your surgeon’s advice.
You should wait for around a month before resuming sports, although your plastic surgeon will offer advice in your specific case.
If the problem involves excess glandular tissue, the problem will be definitively solved. If the problem involves accumulated fat, the results will also last if the patient remains at an appropriate weight.
Yes, it can be combined, depending on the type of surgery. Liposculpture is the most common.
In most cases, the results of breast reduction surgery are permanent. However, if the condition occurs due to certain drugs or weight gain, you need to avoid taking those drugs and maintain a stable weight to sustain the results of the surgery.