Gynecomastia is the name given to cases where men's breasts develop similarly to women's breasts due to weight gain and higher than normal hormone levels.
Reasons to have gynecomastia
There are dozens of reasons that can lead to male breast growth, gynecomastia, such as hormonal imbalances, liver or thyroid disease, cirrhosis, certain drugs, drug use, and certain types of cancer. Cases are mainly seen during puberty (13 to 15 years) and the vast majority of them (70 to 90%) correct themselves on their own within one to two years, with the breasts returning to their normal size. The reasons for having gynecomastia can be listed as follows:
Swelling, tightness and pain.
Physical and psychological discomfort caused by the appearance of enlarged breasts.
Risk of breast cancer.
age rangeThis operation can be performed on men once puberty ends around 17 years old. It is not recommended for younger patients before the end of this physiological stage. Before deciding to operate on a young person who is still going through puberty, it is better to wait another 2 years. However, the risk of breast cancer in mature men should be taken into account and caution is advised.
Before the procedure, the doctor will examine to determine the type of gynecomastia the patient is suffering from. whether it is caused only by excess fatty tissue or not and whether there is excess breast tissue, too. In cases caused by the growth of the mammary glands, these are eliminated. In cases caused by excess fat, liposuction is used to remove excess fat. In cases where the breasts are excessively large, it may be necessary to remove the excess skin and tighten it.
Type of anesthesia and duration of the operation
Gynecomastia can be performed under local or general anesthesia, depending on your doctor's decision based on your age and the size of your breasts. The operation lasts on average 1 hour and a half. After the procedure, you will be released on the evening of the operation or the next day.
Patients can return to their normal daily life the day after the operation and take a shower / bath 2-3 days later.
Things to pay attention to post-surgery
Wear the corset recommended by your doctor regularly for 3-4 weeks.
Do not wear tight clothes for the first few months.
Regrowth is impossible because all of the breast tissue is removed during the breast reduction procedure.