Gynecomastia or ‘man boobs’ is a common condition that affects men. Many men who are affected by gynecomastia often develop a loss of self-confidence. Male breast reduction surgery is a highly effective procedure to contour and sculpt the male chest for a more defined and masculine appearance. Here we discuss what gynecomastia surgery involves, its pros and cons and whether the procedure is suitable for you.
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Why do men have gynecomastia surgery?
Men most commonly choose to have gynecomastia surgery to get rid of both excess glandular tissue and excess fat to contour and sculpt the chest. Men who develop enlargement of breast tissue can experience pain and discomfort in many cases. Many men become increasingly self-conscious about how they look in fitted clothing and might avoid taking their shirts off whilst on holiday. Men with gynecomastia can achieve an effective treatment with a straightforward surgical procedure for a significant boost in self-confidence and emotional well-being.
Gynecomastia vs chest fat
Gynecomastia is often mistaken for excess chest fat, as both conditions can lead to swelling of the chest. Although the clinical appearance may appear similar, they are quite distinct entities, although both excess gland and fat may commonly coexist in the same patient. Men with true gynecomastia often experience pain, tenderness and sensitivity to touch. Gynecomastia swelling also is more firm to the touch and may cause the nipples to appear ‘puffy’. Puffy nipples commonly lead men to seek treatment for this condition. Men with gynecomastia will not be able to get rid of it with diet and exercise alone. Excess fat in the male chest may, in some cases, be treated with diet and exercise alone.
Pros of gynecomastia surgery
Gynecomastia surgery is the best treatment to achieve a more contoured and toned chest with a more pleasing aesthetic look. Gynecomastia treatment can also help to get rid of pain or discomfort associated with the condition with an associated boost in quality of life.
Cons of gynecomastia surgery
As with any type of cosmetic surgery, surgery for gynecomastia involves a recovery period, and certain side effects may be experienced during the early healing face. Common symptoms include swelling, bruising and temporary numbness. In some cases, men may not be suitable for gynaecomastia surgery if they have significant medical conditions such as severe hypertension and diabetes. These conditions may affect wound healing and increase the risk of prominent gynecomastia scars.
Gynecomastia surgery before and after
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How much does gynecomastia cost?
The cost of gynecomastia surgery starts from £3500 at Centre for Surgery. Once you have had a consultation with one of our surgeons, you will receive an accurate quotation from your dedicated patient coordinator. Gynecomastia surgery prices will depend on several factors, including the surgical technique used for gynecomastia removal as well as the type of anaesthetic, whether general anaesthetic or local anaesthetic.
What does gynecomastia surgery involve?
Gynecomastia surgery is always customised to the individual patient to ensure the best results. The type of surgical technique used will depend on the amount of surgical correction required to achieve a contoured and sculpted chest. Gynecomastia incisions will be placed in inconspicuous areas where possible such as natural skin folds. In many cases, liposuction will be used to remove excess fat. Once a patient has had local anaesthetic injected into the area around the nipples, the surgeon will perform a semi-circular incision around the margin of the nipples to remove glandular tissue. Excess skin can be removed if patients have developed loose skin, particularly after weight loss. The incisions are closed with dissolvable stitches followed by the application of a sterile dressing.
What happens in the recovery period?
Male breast reduction is associated with certain common side effects such as bruising, swelling and numbness. It is normal to be tender in the treated areas for up to 1 week after surgery. You will be assessed by our post-operative nurses one week after surgery to review your incision lines and provide advice on optimum wound care. Any mild discomfort is easily controlled with prescription painkillers given to you by your surgeon. No side effects gradually settle down after one week, and most men can return to light activities, including walks in the park. Depending on the type of work undertaken, men can return to work one week after surgery. More time may be needed off for more strenuous work occupations. Patients should avoid strenuous exercise, including going to the gym for a full six weeks after surgery, to minimise the risk of wound complications.
What results can I expect after gynecomastia surgery?
Immediately after the procedure, you will notice your chest to be much fatter compared with before surgery as the fat and glandular tissue has been surgically removed. Swelling may persist up to 2 weeks after surgery. Once the swelling begins to settle down, you will start to notice the final results of gynecomastia surgery. It can take up to 6 months for gynecomastia results to become noticeable. Gynaecomastia surgery can produce permanent results if you maintain a sensible program of eating healthily and exercising regularly.
Am I suitable for gynecomastia surgery?
The best way to determine suitability for gynecomastia surgery is to have a face-to-face consultation with an expert consultant plastic surgeon with specialised expertise in gynecomastia surgery. Provided you are in good overall physical and mental health and are at or near your ideal weight, you may be a suitable candidate for gynaecomastia correction with Surgery. We would recommend that patients should be over the age of 18 before considering gynecomastia removal as some cases of gynecomastia may be due to hormonal factors, and once hormone levels normalise, gynaecomastia may go away on its own.
Why choose Centre for Surgery for gynaecomastia surgery?
Centre for Surgery is the leading cosmetic surgery clinic in London and is renowned for its expertise in gynecomastia surgery. Our surgeons are skilled in the full range of surgical techniques to contour and sculpt your chest to achieve a more masculine appearance. Contact us today at 020 7993 4849 to book a detailed consultation. You will be able to discuss your concerns and expectations for usrgery. Your surgeon will design a customised and bespoke treatment plan to ensure you get the best possible results.