Gynaecomastia

Gynaecomastia surgery(man boobs surgery) involves small incisions under the nipple and sometimes in the armpit with liposuction being used to remove the excess fatty tissue. The results of having Gynecomastia surgery are that the patient will be left with a firmer, defined and contoured chest. Gynaecomastia derives from the Greek word meaning “female-like breasts” and occurs when firm breast tissue grows under the nipples of men. Breasts can look swollen, rounded and protruding and can become tender. One or both breasts can be affected and 90% of boys experience this during puberty due to hormone imbalances, but the condition usually disappears within a few years.

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The main causes of gynaecomastia are:

  • Puberty
  • Aging

Other causes of gynaecomastia can comprises ill health, drugs (both prescription and recreational), diet and the overuse of alcohol. In most cases, gynaecomastia will not be the only symptom or side affect and it is often not possible to pinpoint a specific cause as to why a man develops the condition.

One treatment for male gynaecomastia, and this is surgery. Surgery will require an incision around the nipple to allow access to the tissue so it can be removed. Although treatment of the underlying hormonal problem can often resolve gynaecomastia also, and this can sometimes be done with medication. Liposuction cannot be used to remove glandular tissue from the chest as the liposuction cannula ports are too fine to suction the glandular tissue. Liposuction and glandular tissue removal can be done in the same procedure.

Complications are uncommon following gynaecomastia correction. During your initial consultation your surgeon will have a full discussion with you about the risks and complications of surgery. If you decide to go ahead with surgery, these risks will again be discussed as part of the consenting process. Fortunately, with correct patient selection and appropriate procedure selection, the risks are kept to an absolute minimum. It is important that you should be reassured that your surgeon will not agree to perform any treatment procedure on you unless he feels the benefits significantly outweigh the risks.

Gynaecomastia surgery can enhance your appearance and self-confidence. Before you decide to have surgery discuss all the options with your surgeon and make sure that your expectations are realistic. The results of the procedure are significant and permanent and you will likely be very satisfied with your new look.

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