Gynaecomastia Surgery

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  • Medically reviewed by Dr kam Singh Bsc(Hons), MRCGP, MBCAM
    Medical Advisory Committee for London Private Hospital
    Last Reviewed July 4th 2024

    Introduction

    Do you feel self-conscious because your chest looks bigger than you’d like? This condition, called Gynaecomastia (say: guy-ne-co-mas-tee-ah), can happen to men due to hormones or just family traits. If you’d like a flatter chest, Gynaecomastia surgery might be a good option for you.

    What is Gynaecomastia Surgery?

    Gynaecomastia surgery is a chest makeover for men. It helps shrink enlarged breasts by:

    • Liposuction: This uses a tool to gently suck out extra fat tissue from your chest.
    • Gland removal: Sometimes, there’s extra breast tissue under the fat. The surgeon might remove that too.
    • Skin tightening: If the skin gets loose after shrinking your chest, the surgeon can tighten it up for a smoother look.

    Advantages of Gynaecomastia Surgery

    Gynaecomastia surgery, or male breast reduction, offers numerous benefits for those seeking to address this condition. Firstly, it enhances self-confidence and body image, allowing individuals to feel more comfortable and at ease in social situations. It also improves physical comfort by reducing excess tissue, relieving any discomfort or pain caused by enlarged breasts. Additionally, the surgery can lead to a more proportionate chest appearance, enhancing overall body contours. Beyond aesthetic improvements, Gynaecomastia surgery can positively impact mental health, reducing feelings of embarrassment or self-consciousness. Overall, the procedure offers a transformative solution, enhancing both physical and emotional well-being.

    What Does Gynaecomastia Surgery Involve?

    Surgery for Gynaecomastia, or male breast reduction, is an operation that intends to reduce the size of large breasts in males. Normally, it starts with a visit to a plastic surgeon where they talk about what the person wants from this surgery.

    In the operation, normally conducted with general anaesthesia, the surgeon can use different methods based on how much glandular tissue, extra fat and skin there is. Liposuction can take out extra fat by making little cuts and sucking it up using a slim tube called cannula (Pseudo Gynaecomastia). In situations where there’s lots of glandular tissue or loose skin present, surgical removal might also be needed. This is done by making cuts around the areola or in the body’s natural chest folds for taking out extra tissue and skin.

    Aftercare and Recovery

    Aftercare and recovery for Gynaecomastia surgery are crucial for achieving the best possible results and ensuring a smooth healing process. Immediately following the procedure, patients typically wear a compression garment to minimise swelling and support the newly contoured chest. This garment should be worn continuously for the first few weeks, as it aids in reducing fluid buildup and provides necessary support to the healing tissues. Pain and discomfort are common in the initial days post-surgery, but these can be managed with prescribed medications. It is important to avoid strenuous activities and heavy lifting for at least four to six weeks to prevent complications and ensure proper healing. Most patients can return to work and light activities within a week or two, depending on their specific recovery progress.

    Keeping the surgical area clean and dry is essential to prevent infection. Patients should follow their surgeon’s instructions on wound care, which may include gentle washing and applying prescribed ointments. Regular follow-up appointments are necessary to monitor the healing process and address any concerns. Swelling and bruising typically subside within a few weeks, but final results may not be fully visible for several months. During recovery, maintaining a healthy diet and staying hydrated can aid in faster healing. Additionally, patients should avoid smoking and excessive alcohol consumption, as these can impede the recovery process. Emotional support and managing expectations are also important, as the adjustment to the new physical appearance can be significant. By adhering to these aftercare guidelines, patients can enhance their recovery and achieve a satisfactory outcome from their Gynaecomastia surgery.

    Why Choose Us?

    Choosing London Private Hospital offers several key advantages: access to top medical professionals, state-of-the-art facilities, and the latest technologies. Patients benefit from personalised, high-quality care with shorter waiting times and luxurious amenities for enhanced comfort. Comprehensive aftercare and tailored treatment plans further ensure superior health outcomes and patient satisfaction, making London Private Hospital an excellent choice for premium healthcare.

    Schedule an Appointment

    Call London Private Hospital today to schedule a consultation with our experienced surgeons! They’ll answer your questions, address your concerns, and guide you through the process of getting a more defined chest contour with Gynaecomastia surgery.

    Gynaecomastia Surgery FAQs

    What is the recovery time for Gynaecomastia surgery?

    Typical recovery phase is around 1 to 2 weeks long. During this period it is advised for patients not to participate in demanding tasks. The complete recovery that involves vanishing of swelling and getting final outcome can last up to few months.

    Will the results of Gynaecomastia surgery be permanent?

    The effects are usually permanent, but Gynaecomastia can come back if there is a big increase in weight, use of particular medications or shifts in hormones.

    Will there be visible scars after the surgery?

    Scarring, typically, is small and concealed within the natural folds of skin. The degree of scarring varies on the method of surgery and personal healing.

    How soon can I return to work after Gynaecomastia surgery?

    The majority of patients can go back to their jobs and regular activities within one week, if the work is not too physically demanding. They should avoid intense exercise and lifting heavy things for around 4-6 weeks.

    Is Gynaecomastia surgery covered by insurance?

    The amount of coverage may differ according to the insurance provider and individual policies. In general, Gynaecomastia surgery is seen as a cosmetic procedure and not covered by insurance. However, it’s always advisable to confirm with your insurer for precise information about the coverage.

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