Gynecomastia is a medical term for the development of breast tissue in men. It’s a topic that isn’t frequently discussed, yet it’s quite common. The enlargement of the breasts can be due to an expanded glandular disk, excess skin, surplus fat, or non-physical factors. However, one thing is certain: the presence of enlarged breasts often leads to significant insecurity in men. If you’re feeling self-conscious due to gynecomastia, a breast reduction could be an effective solution. During this breast reduction surgery, the excess fatty tissue is removed.
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The treatment process
What is the treatment process for gynecomastia?
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60 – 120 minutes
7 – 14 days
During the consultation, the plastic surgeon will inquire about your desires and expectations. Subsequently, the available options will be discussed. Together, you will determine the most suitable treatment method for you. The surgeon will thoroughly explain the potential risks and complications, as well as the anticipated results during this consultation. The distinctions between various gynecomastia treatments will also be clarified. If liposuction is necessary, this procedure will be discussed as well. At Blooming Plastic Surgery, we are committed to providing you with honest advice and clear information about the treatment process. This ensures that you’re fully prepared for what lies ahead, eliminating any unexpected surprises.
A 100 euro consultation fee is charged for a consultation. These will be deducted from the final price of the treatment.
The surgery is performed either under local or general anesthesia, depending on the extent of the correction and the technique chosen. Liposuction is generally performed under anesthesia. For surgeries under local anesthesia, excess tissue is removed after numbing the skin around the areola and sterilizing the wound area. It’s crucial to mention that a small amount of tissue (glandular or fatty) is always left under the areola to prevent the nipple area from becoming indented post-surgery. To minimize scarring, the skin incision is typically made at the edge of the areola. At the end of the surgery, the skin is closed with subcutaneous dissolvable sutures, potentially combined with skin glue. Afterwards, the wounds are often covered with sterile plasters (steri-strips). If the surgery is performed under general anesthesia, the same skin incision is usually used. However, for major corrections, the incision may be extended or expanded if skin also needs to be removed. With liposuction, there may be a few additional small (~5mm) stab incisions to perform the procedure. At the end of the surgery, the skin incisions are closed with subcutaneous dissolvable sutures, potentially combined with skin glue. After this, the wounds are covered with sterile plasters (steri-strips). Especially with larger corrections, drains (tubes) are sometimes inserted into the wound area for a short time to drain excess fluid or blood during the initial post-operative phase (up to a few days), preventing accumulation in the surgical area. These drains can be easily removed.
Typically, you can shower again two days after surgery, but it is advised against prolonged bathing, swimming or using saunas with the scars submerged in water for the initial two weeks. For the first two to four weeks, try to minimize stress on the scars, such as engaging in sports. This, of course, depends on the extent of the correction and your plastic surgeon will provide specific advice on this. The stitches used are usually dissolvable and don’t need to be removed. If pressure garments are used, it’s recommended to wear them both day and night for 3-6 weeks, removing them only for showers.
To prevent the scars from discoloring, they should be shielded from the sun for three to six months. This can be done by avoiding direct sunlight or using a sunscreen with a high sun protection factor. Once the wounds have healed, it’s suggested to care for the scars with a quality scar cream to achieve the best possible result. A special cream with sun protection (SPF30) is also available for concurrent scar treatment.
Like any surgical procedure, gynecomastia treatment carries potential risks and complications. However, since individuals undergoing cosmetic surgery are typically in good health, the likelihood of complications is low. Some possible complications of gynecomastia treatment include:
- Hematoma (accumulations of blood under the skin)
- Post-operative bleeding
- Allergic reaction
Very Rare Complications:
- Changes in sensation around the breast
- Permanent visible scars
- Damage to underlying structures
- Results not meeting expectations
Initially, scars may appear red and swollen, but this usually subsides after about six weeks. However, keep in mind that a scar typically takes around a year to a year and a half to fully heal. It’s crucial to keep scars out of the sun and maintain good scar care with a scar cream.
It’s recommended to quit smoking at least six weeks before and after the treatment. Smoking narrows the blood vessels, which can potentially cause issues with wound healing.
What is the cost of gynecomastia?
At Blooming Plastic Surgery, we understand that the cost of gynecomastia is an important part of your decision to undergo this treatment. That’s why we offer gynecomastia at a reasonable price, with a focus on delivering high-quality results and excellent patient care.
The cost of a gynecomastia at Blooming Plastic Surgery starts from €4.500. This includes all costs associated with treatment, such as consultations, the surgical team, anesthesia and aftercare. The exact amount may vary depending on the complexity of the procedure and your individual needs.
“During the procedure, I felt quite anxious, but the skilled surgeons constantly reassured me and patiently addressed all my concerns. Their willingness to answer my questions put me at ease. Ultimately, I’m delighted that I took the step to address my concerns and undergo the necessary treatment for my condition.”