Regain your self-esteem through Gynecomastia Surgery
Gynecomastia is the condition characterised by enlarged male breasts due to an excessive amount of breast gland tissue. It affects nearly 30% of men across different age groups. Unlike adipose tissue accumulation, gynecomastia cannot be eliminated through sports or diet alone. When the excess glandular tissue is the cause, plastic surgery is the only effective solution.
When is treatment necessary for gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia can be hereditary or develop at various stages of life, including adolescence, puberty, or older age. Changes in the mammary glands can be influenced by factors such as an excess of female sex hormones, obesity, liver, kidney, thyroid, or testicle diseases, as well as certain medications. Additionally, gynecomastia can sometimes indicate breast cancer and impact its development. Therefore, it is recommended to consult a doctor and undergo an ultrasound examination if the gland becomes enlarged.
Men with gynecomastia often experience breast pain and difficulties with physical activities and exercise. Psychological problems related to insecurity may also arise, leading to feelings of embarrassment when undressing, discomfort in social situations like at the beach, or issues in intimate relationships.
It is advisable for patients to wait until they are 18 years old before considering gynecomastia surgery, as enlarged breasts may resolve spontaneously when hormonal activity returns to normal after puberty. Surgery for gynecomastia is not performed if the patient has a viral or bacterial infection or has been diagnosed with a severe breast disease.
What to expect from this Surgery?
- During the surgery, a plastic reconstructive surgeon makes an incision along the lower edge of the areola and removes excess glandular tissue. If the breast enlargement is primarily due to adipose tissue, liposuction can be performed simultaneously. In some cases, a drainage tube may be left in place for 24 to 48 hours after surgery.
What to expect after Surgery?
After gynecomastia surgery, it is important to have a clear understanding of what to expect during the recovery process. Here are some general aspects to consider:
- Swelling and bruising: Swelling and bruising are common after gynecomastia surgery. These symptoms typically peak within the first few days and gradually subside over several weeks.
- Pain and discomfort: Some level of pain and discomfort is normal after the surgery. Your surgeon will prescribe pain medications to help manage any discomfort during the initial recovery period.
- Restricted activities: You will be advised to avoid strenuous activities and exercise for a specific period of time to allow your body to heal properly. Your surgeon will provide detailed guidelines on when you can resume normal activities.
- Compression garment: You will likely be instructed to wear a compression garment or vest over the treated area. This helps reduce swelling, provide support, and promote proper healing. It is important to wear the garment as directed by your surgeon.
- Scarring: Gynecomastia surgery involves incisions, which will result in some degree of scarring. The scars will initially appear red and raised but will gradually fade over time. Proper scar care, such as keeping the incision sites clean and avoiding direct sunlight, can help minimise their visibility.
- Be patient: Results from gynecomastia surgery gradually improve over time. It may take several weeks or months for swelling to fully subside and the final outcome to become apparent. Stay positive and trust in the healing process.
A guide for smooth recovery
- Immediately following the surgery, it is necessary for the patient to wear a surgical corset, which should be worn for a minimum of 8-12 weeks. Sleeping on your back is recommended for at least a month, and heavy lifting should be avoided.
- Take prescribed medications: Your surgeon may prescribe medications to manage pain, prevent infection, and reduce swelling. Take them as directed and report any unusual symptoms or side effects.
- Maintain a healthy lifestyle: Follow a balanced diet and stay hydrated to support your body’s healing process. Avoid smoking and limit alcohol consumption, as they can hinder the recovery process.
- Patients can resume their regular daily activities within a few days. However, it is recommended to avoid sports and vigorous physical activity for at least a month.
To achieve the best possible outcomes, it is advisable to undergo a series of personalized lymph drainage massages following your surgery. Amber Surgery clinic in Dublin provides post-operation clients with lymphatic massages at discounts of up to 50% (bookings available from 23rd of June)