Am I A Candidate?
Gynecomastia is a term for male breast development. This condition is very common, and can affect one or both breasts. Certain drugs can also cause gynecomastia, such as anabolic steroids, marijuana, and certain stomach acid blockers. Men who feel self-conscious about their appearance usually seek correction of this condition.
How Is Surgery Performed?
The surgical procedure involves removing the fat and glandular tissue that has developed. This task can be accomplished either by excision directly, liposuction, or a combination of the two. A small incision is usually required, either around the areola or in the underarm. If a large amount of tissue needs to be removed, larger incisions may be necessary, and scars will become more conspicuous.
What Are The Risks?
Fortunately, complications from this surgical procedure are rare and often minor. They do exist, however. Bleeding, infection, excess fluid build-up, scarring, and contour irregularities are just some of the complications that can occur. Your risk for complications can be minimized by following instructions that you will be given before and after surgery.
What Can I Expect?
An elastic bandage or compression garment is worn for several weeks after surgery. Heavy lifting and strenuous activity is to be avoided during this time period. The majority of the swelling and bruising resolve in a couple of weeks, but the final result may not be apparent for up to three months. The stitches are removed at one week. Most patients are able to return to work within one or two weeks.
How Long Do The Results Last?
As long as there is no significant weight gain or use of instigating drugs, the results of your surgery are permanent. Resolution of obesity or excess weight is a requirement prior to surgery. This surgical procedure has helped many men regain self-confidence and improve their appearance. As long as your expectations are realistic, your chances of being satisfied are good.