Gynecomastia, which comes from the Greek words for “woman” and “breast,” is a common condition in which a boy or man develops enlarged, feminine-looking breasts. While it can occur at any age, gynecomastia is most common in young men and teen-age boys. While gynecomastia is usually harmless, if embarrassing, patients may still want to have a doctor examine them for it can be caused by certain medical conditions. At Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Centre we offer gynecomastia surgery options.
How is Gynecomastia Treated?
The treatment for gynecomastia will depend on its cause and the structure of the patient’s breasts. If the patient has a medical condition causing the gynecomastia, the doctor may treat that condition. Similarly, if a hormonal imbalance is causing the gynecomastia, the doctor may treat that.
If the non-surgical treatments don’t work or aren’t applicable, the doctor may perform breast reduction surgery. The excess breast tissue in gynecomastia might include excess fat and/or excess glandular tissue. The surgeon can use liposuction to remove the excess fat, but they will have to excise (cut out) the glandular tissue. If the patient also has excess skin, the surgeon might remove that as well. In some cases, the surgeon may have to reposition the nipple and areola to create a more natural appearance.
The patient should stay home for about one or two weeks, and they should avoid strenuous exercise and heavy lifting for at least a month. They may have to wear a compression garment for two weeks to reduce swelling and help healing.
What is Liposuction?
Liposuction, which is sometimes called liposculpture, is a cosmetic procedure in which the doctor surgically removes fat from the patient’s body. In ultrasound-assisted liposuction, the surgeon uses a cannula that emits ultrasound waves that liquidates the fat cells so they can be removed through suction. The surgeon might recommend ultrasound-assisted liposuction if the patient has particularly dense fat deposits.
Recommended Preparation for Gynecomastia Surgery
Nicotine increases the risk of bleeding, so if the patient smokes, they should quit several weeks before the procedure. Similarly, they should avoid taking herbal supplements, aspirin, or anti-inflammatory drugs, for they also increase the risk of bleeding.
The patient should tell their doctor about any medications they are taking, for some drugs increase the chances of bleeding or other complications. The doctor may thus have to adjust the dosage or find another drug altogether.