Gynaecomastia is an excessive enlargement of the male breast. It can affect one or both sides, and can occur in a males teen and adult years. It is frequently caused by a slight imbalance in the hormones oestrogen and testosterone. Generally, gynaecomastia isn’t a serious problem, but they can sometimes cause pain, and self-consciousness. It can go away by itself, but may require medication or surgery.
Some investigations and blood tests may be required before surgery. The goal of reducing, and reshaping of male breasts, starts with being in good health and fitness before the procedure. If you are considering treatment as part of a weight loss program, getting to an ‘ideal’ weight before surgery ensures optimal results after the procedure. Being in shape before the procedure ensures best results and a quicker recovery.
A gynaecomastia procedure is performed under general anaesthetic, and usually takes a couple of hours. Most patients will go home the same day, sometimes with a drain. There is a small incision around the nipple which has a small dressing, and this should stay in place until you are reviewed.
Recovery for a gynaecomastia treatment can take a few weeks. Some pain is common, but subsides with a few days. It usually takes a few weeks before returning to work, and a few months before returning to any high impact exercise. Low impact exercise is encouraged after surgery to prevent DVT’s or lung complications. A tight garment is worn after the surgery for the first several weeks to support the area, and prevent complications.
As with any operative procedure, there are risks involved. The most common complications are minor bleeding, infection, wound healing problems, and some pain. The specific risks with gynaecomastia treatment include the following:
- Loss of sensation in nipple and areola
- Loss of nipple and areola tissue
- Raised or lumpy scars
Each patient has different anatomy, and specific expectations. Discuss your particular circumstances with Dr. Perron before deciding what is best for you