What is Gynaecomastia Surgery?
What Surgery Is Available to Correct Gynaecomastia?
Gynaecomastia is a benign condition that causes enlarged breast tissue in men and boys. While it is most common in teenage boys and older men, the condition is present in any age group. Often referred to as ‘man boobs’, the condition can cause feelings of anxiety and self-consciousness.
If you have gynaecomastia and desire surgery, we at Suffolk Breast Practice are committed to ensuring you receive the highest quality advice and care possible. Surgery for gynaecomastia can provide a number of benefits, including a decrease in the size of the breast.
There are several causes of gynaecomastia. Obesity is a very common cause of the condition; if you are obese, you naturally have an excess of body fat and, therefore, have higher levels of oestrogen. This can cause an enlargement of the breast tissue.
Puberty is another common cause of gynaecomastia due to the fluctuation of hormones. Puberty can alter the levels of testosterone and oestrogen in the body. If you have higher levels of oestrogen compared to testosterone, this will cause your breast or breasts to enlarge. Gynaecomastia caused by puberty will usually decrease as a boy grows older.
Aside from boys, gynaecomastia is common in older men. This is because older men typically have more body fat and, which results in more oestrogen. Other causes can include lifestyle choices, such as alcohol consumption, and side effects of certain medications.
Surgery for Gynaecomastia
Surgery is only recommended in very few cases of gynaecomastia and is considered a purely cosmetic procedure. Most causes of gyanaecomastia are medical and the operation itself will not resolve the underlying problem. Prior to the operation, we will conduct a breast examination to ensure you are fit to undergo surgery for gynaecomastia. When surgery is not suitable, we will advise you of your options. Aside from surgery, medication can be prescribed to correct hormone imbalance.
The procedure is usually carried out under general anaesthetic. Surgery for gynaecomastia can involve a breast reduction, with or without liposuction, which concerns the removal of excess fat. An incision around the nipple will be made to remove the excess tissue. The nipple is repositioned afterwards. The type of surgery required will depend upon the severity of the condition.
Why Choose Suffolk Breast Practice
Surgery for gynaecomastia rarely available on the NHS. Eligibility criteria is strict. Suffolk Breast Practice is here to answer your needs; if you wish to have surgery to correct your gynaecomastia, please do not hesitate to contact us for a consultation.
At Suffolk Breast Practice, we understand the impact gynaecomastia can have on your physical health and self-confidence. We offer an empathetic service sensitive to your needs as our patient, and we will support you in your journey with us, from initial consultation to any follow-up service we advise. We seek to provide an ethical and non-judgemental service to ensure you receive the best treatment and advice possible.
As with any operation, there are risks involved. Scarring around the nipples may be visible and you may experience some pain following the operation, although medication is available to ease the discomfort. Furthermore, you may find an increase in swelling or bruising around the breast. Haematoma, also known as bleeding within the breast tissue, which is possible, although this usually dissipates within 24 hours of the surgery. These and any other risks will be discussed with you during your consultation.
It may take several weeks for you to return to a normal daily routine. At Suffolk Breast Practice, we endeavour to provide you with a follow-up service to ensure you adjust to life following the operation with as little discomfort as possible. We recommend you avoid any strenuous physical activity for the first few weeks. Taking time off work is also recommended.
Your breasts may feel tender and sore following surgery; the pace at which your breasts will heal can vary depending on the individual. You will need to wear any dressing provided and avoid driving until the pain subsides. It is important you follow the advice given to you by your surgeon to ensure a swift recovery.