Gynaecomastia (Male breast reduction)
Gynaecomastia refers to the condition where males develop abnormally large breasts which can cause extreme embarrassment. Why some men have this condition is unclear but it is thought that it can be related to a hormone imbalance and being overweight is also a factor. It is not a condition which is harmful and surgery can certainly help.
Two types of surgery are commonly used, one being slightly more invasive which involves excision of skin and breast tissue – this can also be combined with liposuction. The other is performed with liposuction.
How long does the operation take?
It usually takes between 1-2 hours to perform and time requirements are dependent on the extent of your surgery and which procedure is undertaken.
How long do I stay in hospital?
You are in hospital overnight and the procedure is performed under a general anaesthetic.
What can I expect afterwards?
Following your surgery there will be temporary swelling, bruising, and tenderness which will resolve in approximately 2-3 weeks. Pain and discomfort is minimal and well controlled with oral pain relief. You should be able return to work after two weeks, however if you have a physically demanding job you will need to wait at least four weeks.
What are the long-term results?
Results are subject to change if your weight fluctuates, therefore In order for you to optimise the results of your surgery it is important that you maintain a healthy lifestyle, eating a well-balanced diet and getting plenty of exercise.
What are the risks?
With any surgical procedure there are always associated risks. However, if your surgery is undertaken by a qualified plastic surgeon the risks are reduced, nonetheless, specific complications may occur. Such as the risk of infection which is reduced by taking preventative measures such as administering antibiotics both at the time of and following your surgery. However despite these measures mild infection is relatively common and can occur around the incision site, but usually subsides over a period of about 2 weeks.
It is important for you to examine the reasons for undergoing a cosmetic surgery procedure as it is unlikely to resolve any life issues you may have. Having surgery for someone else is not the basis from which to make a decision. Cosmetic surgery will certainly boost your self esteem but you do need to be realistic about your expectations. Cosmetic surgery will lead to marked improvements but you need to be aware that the end result of your surgery can and does take time and you need to allow your body to recover.
Our aim is to fully understand your concerns and desires before agreeing on a treatment plan which is in your best interest. At consultation your consultant surgeon will explain your treatment fully including any potential risks and complications. Your consultation surgeon will advise you of the best strategy to address all of your needs and will also explain all aspects of your post-operative care.
If you would like to speak to one of our consultant surgeons, Mr Alan Park or Mr Sudip Ghosh, please do not hesitate to telephone or fill out our online form.