In adolescents, Gynecomastia will normally go away on its own accord. In older men Gynecomastia surgery may be necessary if other means of treatment have failed. While normally a fairly harmless condition, Gynecomastia may cause patients to suffer physcologically. Excessive breast tissue in males can be awkward and an embarrassment if the glandular tissue growth is excessive. Before considering surgical intervention, please be sure to discuss all available alternative options with your doctor first. Surgery should always be the method of last resort.
Gynecomastia is normally an outpatient surgery performed in the doctor's office. Local or general anesthetic will be used depending upon the patients circumstances. The surgery entails making a small incision below the areola from which excessive glandular tissue is excised. Liposuction may be used to remove excessive fat from the area. In some cases the areola may need to be reduced in size and/or the entire nipple repositioned. Scarring is usually minimal as the incisions will often follow the natural contours of your body.
As with any surgery there are risks involved. Apart from the risk of undergoing anesthesia, some of the risks include scarring, infection, hematoma, numbness, skin discoloration, breast asymmetry, swelling, bruising, and pain. As with any surgery there are a wide variety of complications that may occur. Please discuss the specific risks of surgery ahead of time with your doctor.
After surgery you'll return home to rest. Be sure to follow your doctors instructions for recovery to the letter. You may be fitted with a compression garment to support your chest. Be sure not to undertake any activity that my agitate your wounds. If you experience shortness of breath, chest pain, or abnormal heart beats please seek medical help immediately. Recovery time may be as long as one to three weeks. You'll need to allow yourself to very slowly ease yourself back into normal day to day activities. Don't rush the process.
If you're considering Gynecomastia surgery please consult your doctor. You may be a candidate for the surgery if other corrective means have failed and your confidence and self-esteem are suffering due to the condition. Unfortunately, Gynecomastia surgery is listed as an elective procedure under many insurance plans. Be sure to review your health coverage ahead of time so that you know exactly what your insurance will cover. Many physicians offer payment plans when undergoing an elective surgical procedure.