Gynecomastia, sometimes referred to as ‘man boobs’ is a common condition which affects boys and men and causes the breast tissue to swell. While this is common for men who are over 50, gynecomastia can occur at any age. It can be common in newborns and for boys who are going through puberty. For many boys, gynecomastia will disappear after puberty. However, others will find they continue to have it throughout adulthood.
Some men will find they have enlarged breasts as a result of weight gain and excess fatty tissue. However, gynecomastia is the enlargement of the glandular tissue, rather than just fatty tissue. Gynecomastia can cause men to feel uncomfortable with their appearance, which can negatively impact your levels of confidence and self-worth.
Fortunately, gynecomastia can be resolved through surgery.
Choosing to undergo surgery is a huge decision and one that is never taken lightly. To help you start your surgery journey, we have laid out exactly how you can prepare for gynecomastia surgery.
Before attending any consultations, make sure you do your research on the surgeon you’re going to see and the clinic they work for. In the UK, the surgeon will need to be registered with the GMC. See if you can find out their education and past experience – LinkedIn can often be a helpful place to find out this type of information. Make sure the surgeon has experience in performing gynecomastia surgery.
Do your research beforehand and find out everything there is to know about gynecomastia. When you do attend a consultation, the right surgeon’s advice will align with what you have found in your own research. If you ever feel uncomfortable or you do not think the surgeon is experienced enough, go to another surgeon or clinic.
Before undergoing gynecomastia surgery, you will need to attend a consultation with one of the surgeons. They will be able to assess whether or not you are a suitable candidate for this procedure. In some instances, men will just have excess fatty tissue in the breasts which is causing the enlargement. If this is the case, liposuction can be undertaken to remove the fat.
However, if you have glandular tissue as well as excess fat, the surgeon will need to undertake surgical removal. This involves making an incision around the lower half of the areola which allows the surgeon to remove the glandular tissue. Liposuction will then be undertaken if it is necessary.
Some men, particularly those who are older and have worse skin laxity, may find they also require excess skin to be removed from the chest, as well as having glandular tissue removed.
Before undergoing your procedure, there are steps you can take to ensure your surgery and recovery period goes as smoothly as possible.
To help prepare for the day of your surgery:
Make sure to bring photo ID with you. You will also need to bring any medications you are taking, as well as the original containers. You will not have to stay overnight, so you will not need any nightwear or clothes for the following day. It is also suggested that you leave any valuables, such as jewellery or expensive technology, at home in order to avoid any damage or theft.
Are you interested in gynecomastia surgery? This is a procedure Centre for Surgery currently offers. Contact us today to find out more information or to book a consultation.