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Gynecomastia

Gynecomastia

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Information about our Gynecomastia 
 
What is Gynecomastia surgery?
Gynecomastia (pronounced guy-ne-co-mastia) is a medical term meaning male breast enlargement. In the majority of cases there is no known cause and, although rarely talked about, it is a common condition. For men who feel self-conscious about their appearance, breast-reduction surgery can be helpful. The procedure removes tissue from the breasts, and in extreme cases excess skin.

Why have Gynecomastia surgery?
Generally, gynecomastia isn't a serious problem, but it can be tough to cope with the condition. Men and boys with gynecomastia sometimes have pain in their breasts and may feel embarrassed.

How is the surgery performed?
The breast is made up of two main components, glandular tissue (firm and dense) and fatty tissue (soft). The ratio of glandular to fatty tissue in any breast varies from individual to individual and in gynaecomastia there may be an excess of both. If there is predominantly a diffuse fatty enlargement of the breast, liposuction is the usual treatment. This involves sucking out the tissue through a small tube inserted via a 3-4mm incision (see information sheet on liposuction for more detail). If excess glandular tissue is the primary cause of breast enlargement, it may need to be excised (cut out) with a scalpel. This will leave a scar, usually around the nipple edge. This excision can be performed alone or in conjunction with liposuction. Major reductions that involve the removal of a significant amount of tissue and skin may require larger incisions that result in more obvious scars. Most operations for gynaecomastia take about 90 minutes to complete and are performed under general anesthesia, or in some cases, under local anesthesia with sedation.

Quick facts table

Procedure Gynecomastia procedure
Duration of the operation: 1 to 3 hours
Stay: Minimum of 4 days in our recovery house
Anaesthesia: General anaesthetic
Recovery: Normally around a week to return to work
Exercise: Normally 2 to 3 weeks after your operation
Pain: Post-operative pain should be low to mild but of course depends on the patient
Results timeframe: Swelling will go down after 7 to 10 days when full results should be seen
Popular Combinations: Liposuction, Tummy Tuck, Male Cosmetic Procedures + any of our supplementary dental, botox, filler or hair treatments

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