Gynaecomastia is a common condition amongst men which begins during puberty, where firm, tender breast tissue grows under the nipples. It is usually caused by an imbalance of hormones, and normally disappears by the age of 18 – 20 without treatment.
In rare cases, gynaecomastia may be caused by prescription drugs such as anabolic steroids; over-the-counter medicines; illegal drugs; tumours or disease. In some cases, tests are needed to ascertain the cause and rule out any further underlying medical implications.
Men who are self-conscious because they have over-developed or enlarged breast tissue (usually caused by being overweight, or having lost weight), or men who suffer from back and neck ache because their “breasts” are too heavy can benefit from male breast reduction surgery.
Some men and boys have fat on their chests that makes it look like they have breasts. This condition is called pseudogynecomastia (false gynaecomastia). It is not the same thing.
Gynecomastia may be caused by:
Excess localised fat
Excess glandular tissue development
A combination of both excess fat and glandular tissue
Some men will avoid taking their shirt off, avoid certain physical activities and keep away from intimate situations to hide their condition. At Secret Surgery Ltd fully understand how Gynecomastia can cause emotional discomfort and affect a man’s self confidence.
Am I a candidate for Male Breast Reduction Surgery
There are a number of aesthetic, emotional, and medical reasons why men may consider male breast reduction surgery. Taking the decision to undergo gynaecomastia surgery is a very personal decision and you should do it for yourself, not for anybody else.
You may be a suitable candidate for male breast reduction surgery if:
You are physically healthy and of normal, stable weight
You have specific goals in mind and realistic expectations
You are unhappy with the size and appearance of your male breasts
You have realistic expectations for the procedure
Preparing for Male Breast Reduction Surgery
At Secret Surgery Ltd, preparation is a fundamental part our patient pathway. We strive to ensure that your health and well being needs are met throughout your experience with our dedicated team of professionals.
Prior to surgery you may be asked by our qualified medical staff to:
Get a lab testing or medical evaluation if needed
Take certain medications or adjust you current medications
Stop smoking well in advance of surgery
Avoid taking anti-inflammatory drugs, aspirin and herbal supplements as they may increase bleeding
In addition, you will be asked to sign consent forms to assure your cosmetic surgeon that you fully understand the procedure that you will undergo and any potential risks, complications and side effects associated with male breast reduction surgery.
You will also receive special instructions prior to surgery which include: What to do on the day of your surgery and Post-operative care and follow-up instructions
Male Breast Reduction Surgery Procedure Steps
Male breast reduction surgery is a highly individualised procedure achieved through a variety of incision patterns and techniques. The appropriate technique for your individual case will be discussed and determined fully between you with your Cosmetic Surgeon in Poland after appropriate scans and checks.
Male Breast Reduction Surgery Recovery and Heading Steps
Gynaecomastia recovery times vary from patient to patient. It is quite standard to experience some discomfort after male breast reduction surgery – this can be controlled by prescription medications from your surgeon and medical team. It is also quite common to experience a little numbness from bruised nerves in and around your breast area. Most of this should pass over time, as you heal.
During your stay in Poland, Your Medical team will advise you of the following;
How to care for the incision sites following surgery, and the importance to cleanse the incision sites and apply any ointment as directed, it is important you follow that advice carefully, as this is essential to the success of your final outcome.
Medications to apply or to take orally to reduce the risk of infection
Specific changes at the surgical site or in overall health
You will be seen daily by medical staff during your stay in Poland, to ensure that your recovery and healing proceed in optimum standards.
You will need to wear a compression garment continuously for a week or two after gynaecomastia surgery, and at night for a few weeks after that.
A return to light and normal activity is possible as soon as you feel ready, which is normally a few days after surgery, however initial would healing may take between 5 to 10 days at which time your sutures will be removed, your surgeon will advise you when your sutures will be removed.
You will be able to return to work and resume normal activity after this time. It is advisable not to engage in any vigorous exercise or activity or heavy lifting within 4 to 6 weeks after your procedure.
It is important to note that surgery recovery times vary from patient to patient.
Male Breast Reduction Side Effects and Surgery Risks
The decision to have male breast reduction surgery is an exceptionally personal one and you will have to decide if the surgery will achieve your goals and expectations. Risks and potential complications are possible and it is advised that you discuss these in detail with your surgeon in Poland who is medically qualified to answer your questions and concerns.
Male Breast Reduction Surgery Results
The results of male breast reduction surgery are immediately visible. Over time post-surgical swelling will subside and resolve, and incision lines will gradually refine in appearance. The final results of male breast reduction are permanent in most cases. The dedicated team of experts at Secret Surgery will advise you on how to maintain your new results for the future by sensible lifestyle, diet and wellbeing. Many male patients are emotionally and physically pleased with the results of male breast reduction surgery and report on an improved quality of life.