What is gynecomastia?
Male breast enlargement, i.e. gynecomastia, can be physiologically observed during adolescence and old age. The type observed during adolescence regresses with age, but it may persist after adolescence in some patients. In this case, the patient may opt for surgery if they have complaints.
How to prepare before the gynecomastia surgery?
Although it is rare, there may be some underlying causes of breast enlargement in men. These may include some hormonal disorders, liver disorders, or tumoral masses located in the breast. Several blood tests and breast ultrasound are performed to rule out such problems. If no underlying disease is diagnosed, patient can be operated.
How is the gynecomastia procedure performed?
Depending on the magnitude of the patient’s problem, liposuction or tissue removal might be performed alone. İt is also possible to combine both techniques. Liposuction by itself is often sufficient for patients without plenty of excess skin, while surgical removal of skin and subcutaneous issues might be necessary for patients with lots of excess skin. When liposuction is used alone, it does not leave any scars on the skin. However, if the skin is also removed, operation requires a round incision over the areola, and in more serious cases, an additional reverse T or J shaped incision.
Patients are discharged on the same day or the following day. In the first days, there may be some pain, especially when arms are moved, but the pain diminishes within a few days. You can have a shower the following day. Pressured bandage is applied for three to four weeks. Patients can return to their daily lives within a few days. Light exercises are allowed after the first week, and heavy exercises involving the chest area are allowed after the second month.