Gynecomastia is a condition found in males where the breasts are enlarged or over-developed. This condition can develop irrespective of one’s age. There are numerous causes of gynecomastia, including heredity, hormonal changes, obesity, disease, and various drugs or medications.
It is common for men with such a condition to feel emotional discomfort and a lowering of their self-confidence. Some even avoid intimacy and certain daily physical activities to keep this condition hidden.
Typical symptoms of gynecomastia include the following:
- An excess of localized fat
- Development of extra unwanted glandular tissue
- Excess sagging breast skin
- Occurrence in one or both breasts
Who Can Get Gynecomastia Surgery?
Even though alternative treatments for gynecomastia are available, they might not be effective on all men suffering from the condition. For such males, gynecomastia surgery, or male breast reduction surgery, is the most suitable treatment. Other candidates for this surgery include the following:
- Healthy males who are not suffering from any fatal illness or any disease that could interfere with healing
- Those who do not smoke or use drugs
- Men who have a positive attitude with particular objectives in mind to better the physical signs associated with gynecomastia
- Physically healthy men with a comparatively normal weight
- Those who have rational expectations
- Men who have reached a stage of breast development stabilization
At the beginning of your gynecomastia surgery, you will be given medications that will keep you comfortable throughout the procedure. These include options such as general anesthesia and intravenous sedation. As per your specific case, cosmetic surgeon Dr. David Davila will suggest a suitable option to you.
When gynecomastia occurs primarily as a result of an excess of fatty tissue, Dr. Davila may be able to solve the problem using liposuction techniques. This involves the insertion of a hollow thin tube called a cannula through various small incisions made in the area. Different types of liposuction techniques are available, and the one most suitable for your case will be discussed during your gynecomastia consultation.
These techniques are usually suggested when no excess skin or glandular tissue need to be removed for the correction of gynecomastia. If these must be removed, surgical excision is required. Excision also becomes vital if the areolae need to be reduced or the nipple-areolar complex must be repositioned.
At times, a combination of both the above techniques may be employed by the doctor depending upon the specific case.
Recovery Process after Gynecomastia Surgery
During the recovery period after your gynecomastia surgery, your incisions will be dressed or bandaged. Along with this, a support garment or elastic bandage might also be used for reducing swelling and for supporting the new contours of the chest. The doctor may place a tiny thin tube under your skin for draining out any extra blood/fluid which might collect.
Follow the specific instructions given by Dr. Davila in regards to caring for your surgical site, application or intake of medications to support healing, and more. This will speed up healing and minimize the risk of infection.