Gynaecomastia (Corrective surgery)

What is Gynaecomastia?

Gyneacomastia is a condition that causes development of breasts in men. This can be caused by hormonal changes during puberty, certain medications, or obesity, but other factors may contribute to the condition. The “growth “of breasts in men is caused by a combination of fat pockets and breast gland development. The common method used to correct this condition is liposuction to remove fat and resection to take out glandular tissue.

What happens during the procedure?

During your consultation, your surgeon will explain the entire procedure and after-effects. The surgeon will begin by Marking out your breasts and photographing this for reference. The operation, which normally takes about one hour, is performed while you are sedated and involves the liposuction of the excess fat, as well as the removal and resceting of glandular tissue through a small incision near the areola. Drain tubes are inserted at the time of the operation and removed before you are released (usually within 2 days).

Are there any risks?

As with any types of surgery, there are risks and complications associated with this procedure. Always discuss these and any other issues that might concern you with your doctor at the time of consultation. Common complications include postoperative haemorrhaging, infection (1-3%), lack of or increase in nipple sensitivity. Infection and haemorrhaging can be easily handled, and sensitivity issues normally diminish over time.

What can I anticipate immediately following the operation?

You will probably experience swelling and tightness across your chest. This condition should subside in a matter of days. Sometimes skin irregularities like lumps or wrinkles may appear, but these should dissipate over time. You may resume normal activities like light work or showering as soon as the day after your procedure. You can return to work in about seven days, and resume heavy physical activity (like sports and heavy lifting) in four to six weeks. You will be required to wear a pressure garment continuously for about 6 weeks. The scars from resecting the breast tissue will be visible around the lower half of the areolas. Scars and thick tissue will begin to fade in a few weeks, and over time will be barely visible.
As with any surgery, your body has been through a shock. Please listen to it! Pain is our body’s way of making us pay attention. If certain actions are too are painful do not do them. Lying on your front and sudden movements may be painful for a few weeks, but should subside. While this surgery is supposed to be “permanent”, excessive weight gain could cause the problem to return.