Surgical correction of gynecomastia

Men too may be dissatisfied with the look of their bust, and this is caused by a condition that consists of excessive breast development, resulting in a negative change of the torso line.

Informations about the medical procedure

The phenomenon can be observed both in adolescents and adults. If in the first case, the condition is temporary, in the second growth and sagging of the breasts is chronic and is caused by a hormonal imbalance, fluctuations in weight or lack of exercise. For pathological gynecomastia (chronic) removing of the glandular tissue is recommended, whether linked with liposuction or not, the doctor choosing the right technique for the patient after a very thorough analysis of the conditions’ signature characteristics. Liposuction is the technique used for breast with a predominant adipose component, whereas subcutaneous mastectomy is required when glandular tissue or excess skin must be removed.

Liposuction consists of the insertion of a cannula into the fatty layer through small incisions and then the specialist moves to extraction and aspiration of the fat. This intervention is not aggressive and therefore postsurgical complications are very rare.

The other technique used to treat gynecomastia concerns excision of the breast. The surgeon makes an incision at the lower edge of the areola and implements a drainage tube for at least 12 hours to eliminate any serohematic collections

Consultation

Already during the initial consultation, the surgeon will accustom with the patient's condition history, as well as with their expectations regarding to the treatment outcome. The aesthetician will examine the patients’ torso in order to determine which technique fits better to the specificity of the condition and will explain step by step the procedure they will undergo.

Duration

One or two hours.

Anesthesia

Patients are operated in most cases under local anesthesia with sedation, but if the intervention is linked, the plastic surgeon may recommend general anesthesia.

Hospitalization

Not necessary.

Side effects and surgical risks

In the treatment of gynecomastia, complications that may occur are those specific to any surgery: allergic reactions, bleeding, hematoma, infection, etc. After the intervention, the scars are small and located in such a way as to be undetectable. Pain is minimal and gives in to the usual painkillers.

After surgery advice

The patient is advised to wear an elastic bandage to prevent formation of seroma in the surgical site, and not to expose to the sun for three weeks.

Contraindications

The procedure is not recommended for people prone to keloid scars.

Recovery

The patient can resume daily activity within two to three days after surgery but swelling and edema (contusions) will withdraw only after a few weeks. The results of the operation will be evaluated only after six months or one year, when resulted scars will fade.