FAQ's Regarding Male Gynaecomastia

What is Gynaecomastia?
Gynaecomastia means abnormally large size of breasts in males.

What changes does this condition bring over the person having it?
The most significant change is the psychological impact over the affected person, he is self-consious and embaressed over this changed condition which is considered to be a sign of feminity. He is reluctant to wear tight clothes, always trying to hide it under loose garments to make it inconspicuous, not willing to take exercises in the gym,swimming etc which would show his enlarged breast area & further accentuate his breast tissue making it more obvious or is embarresed with his girlfriend/spouse.

What are the options to get it treated?
The mainstay of treating this condition is a surgical procedure. It involves removal of excess of the gland tissue after proper markings.The procedure can be done alone or combined with a liposuction procedure depending upon the individual patient for a better aesthetic result.

What are the indications for the surgery?
The indications are mainly cosmetic and psychological concerns apart from pain due to excess bulk of fibrous glandular tissue.This operation is performed to remove excess breast tissue in men.

How does it appear and look over the chest?
This develops in one of two patterns, either a firm button of tissue beneath the nipple or a diffuse fatty change with poorly defined edges. Sometimes both patterns are present. The causes of gynecomastia (large breasts in men) are numerous and may dictate the assessment of the cause and its treatment.

Is this surgery painful and how long is the hospital stay?
The procedure can be done under general anesthesia or intravenous sedation if the involved area is smaller.Most of the time this is an outpatient operation and a stay in the hospital is not needed.

How many stitches and will the operative scar be visible?
The incisions are so placed so as to make the scars inconspicuous and are hard to locate.The stitches can be removed within 7-10 days.

When can I resume my work?
The recovery takes two to five days. Most people are back to work within a week or two. Typical recovery time involves 2 weeks of light duty, with an increase during the third and fourth week until full activity is resumed in one month. The removal is permanent.

What are the complications of the surgery?
The main complications are swelling, bruising, bleeding, infection, a scar and numbness or change in feeling which is temporary, however with experienced hands these complications are few and rare.

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