Gynecomastia

The presence of excess fat in male breasts can prevent men from achieving the firm, toned chest they desire. Gynecomastia surgery eliminates these “man boobs” to produce more attractive chest contours, and this is one of the most common plastic surgeries undergone by men. Caused by an imbalance of the hormones estrogen and testosterone, gynecomastia can affect one or both breasts, sometimes unevenly. But for some men consumption of, anabolic steroids, drug, alcohol and some medicines may cause gynecomastia. Even though it is not a serious problem, it can be very well hard to cope with.

Gynecomastia can cause emotional discomfort and impair your self-confidence. Some men may even avoid certain physical activities and intimacy simply to hide their condition.

While losing weight can help reduce the appearance of male breasts for some men, often times there is excess glandular tissue as well, causing even very lean patients to notice enlarged breasts. Currently, male breast reduction is the only consistently effective treatment for gynecomastia that has long lasting, if not permanent, results.

Gynecomastia surgery is a procedure to removal of excess breast and fat tissue with general anesthesia. This breast tissue and fat can be removed by liposuction. The scars gotten depends on a series of factors, but usually they are hidden under unnoticeable places on boob or breast. In cases of strong sagginess on breast skin, much longer scars may be required for skin removal to have an appropriate breast contour.

The procedure takes around 1 or 2 hours. The patient can be discharged in the same day. For a comfortable post-surgery period and good results, it would be better to rest after the procedure. There can be ache responding to medicine during first couple of days after the surgery. There may be swelling and bruises in surgical area after the surgery. It would recover by itself in days. It would be appropriate to use corset for a couple of weeks after the surgery in order to help reduce swelling and bruises. Most of the patients go back to work within 2-3 days. During the recovery period, tiring physical activities should be avoided for 4 weeks after the surgery.

Our doctors at Medlife Group in Turkey will help you decide the best option for your body.

Pre-Op Instructions

  • Avoid sun tanning starting 2 weeks prior to surgery.
  • Quit smoking at least 2 weeks prior to surgery as nicotine can impair and delay healing.
  • Avoid alcoholic beverages at least 1 week prior to surgery.
  • Stop taking all aspirin-containing products, medications which contain blood thinners (Ibuprofen, Motrin, Advil, etc.), vitamin E, and herbal supplements including: Green tea, Ginkgo, and garlic supplements - 10 days prior to surgery.
  • Let your doctor know of all medications and supplements you are taking on a regular basis. You should start taking 1 multivitamin per day approximately 2 weeks before gynecomastia surgery.
  • If you get sick or have an active infection, please contact our office prior your gynecomastia surgery.
  • Fill all prescriptions prior to surgery. Go over instructions and ask questions if clarification is needed.

Post-Op Instructions

  • You will need to rest frequently the first week. You may walk around the house as tolerated.
  • For the first week post-op sleep on your back with your head slightly elevated for comfort and to decrease swelling. Avoid sleeping on your side.
  • Every 2-3 hours take deep breaths to expand your lungs.
  • Avoid picking up anything greater than 1-2 lbs the first week. The doctor will advise you when you can start lifting anything heavier. Do not exercise until the doctor says you may do so.
  • You may not drive the first week or while you are taking pain medication.
  • No smoking or being around smoke at least the first 2 weeks after your surgery. This will interfere with your healing.
  • Eat light the first 24 hours, clear liquids advancing to a regular diet as tolerated. If you have persistent nausea stick to a bland diet until it subsides.
  • The pain medicine may cause constipation. Drink plenty of fluids. You may take any over the counter laxative as needed.
  • You will have a bandage / compression garment wrapped snuggly around the chest. You will feel tightness in the chest from the wrap. This is normal and will gradually subside in 4-7 days.
  • You may not shower the first week - sponge bathe only, until dressings are removed at your first post-op visit.
  • You may have 1-2 drains. They may stay in until your first post-op visit or longer if necessary. Follow drain care instruction sheet for drain management.
  • The antibiotic should be taken until it is completed as prescribed.
  • The pain medicine is a narcotic and should be taken as prescribed.
  • Do not take any Tylenol while taking the pain medicine.
  • Do not drink alcohol or drive while you are taking the pain medication.
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