What is Gynaecomastia?

As the name suggest Gynaecomastia means female like breast. This happens due to enlargement of breast tissue (gland) in males. All males have small amount of gland. In some individuals due to increase sensitivity to certain hormones the gland increases in size. This usually happens during 12 to 13 years of age. Majority of the individuals there is no disturbance in hormone levels. Fat also tends to deposit around the large gland. In some, due to very large size of the gland and or due to large weight fluctuation, the overlying skin also becomes loose.

Can I undergo Gynaecomastia correction?

If you are in good general health and the gynaecomastia appearance bothers you, for instance, you are unable to wear fitting shirts, or embarassed to expose your chest are in gym, or during swimming etc then treatment should be sought.

What treatment options are available for gynecomastia?

Surgery is the only treatment available for gynaecomastia. Surgery is in the form of gland excision and liposuction. Unlike fat which is jelly like, the gland is very tough tissue. Therefore only liposuction will not remove the gland. However skin tightening is also required when the chest skin is loose.

Currently there are no medication or non-surgical options to treat gynaecomastia. Even diet/exercise or weight training will have no effect on gynaecomastia appearance.

What is the recovery period like?

Hospital stay is till evening or maybe next morning. Walking is safe within 24 hours. Office work can be resumed in approximately 3 days. Heavy exercise such as gym, weight training can be started after 4 to 6 weeks.

What result to expect after gynaecomastia surgery?

Aim of surgery is to give you a masculine flat chest. Majority of the patients are happy with the outcome. The result is permanent.

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