Gynecomastia Surgery: What To Expect

Posted by Dr. Patrick Proffer on March 27, 2018

man-in-hospital-talking-to-doctor-gynecomastia-surgeryGynecomastia is a condition in which breast tissue in males becomes abnormally enlarged. It can affect both boys and adult men. In fact, a third of the world’s male population suffers from gynecomastia at one point or another.

While some men outgrow the condition once they’re through puberty, others don’t. The good news is that something can be done to treat the condition and allow men to once more feel comfortable in their own skin.

What Are The Treatment Options For Gynecomastia?

Surgery to correct the gynecomastia is the only permanent treatment option. For this reason, many men choose to have gynecomastia surgery to end their humiliation, pain, and emotional trouble once and for all.

What Should You Expected With Gynecomastia Surgery?

There are several different surgical procedures that can be done to correct gynecomastia based on how severe the situation is. Before recommending a specific surgery, the doctor will discuss your condition, other treatment paths, your expectations, etc.

Once you feel comfortable with your decision to undergo gynecomastia surgery, you’ll meet with a surgical coordinator to take care of payment and scheduling.

The next and final step is to have the surgery and start your journey toward a more positive body image.

What’s Recovery Like For Gynecomastia Surgery?

Because gynecomastia surgery is considered a major procedure, recovery takes approximately six weeks. This is only an estimate and could vary based on the type of procedure that was performed, as well as your overall level of health.

For about the first two weeks, you’ll be required to wear a bandage to hold a post-operative foam dressing in place. Often, patients also need a drain or two to help keep the area clean and infection-free.

In addition to the bandages, you’ll wear compression garments for the duration of your recovery period. Once the six weeks have passed and your doctor gives the okay, you can resume normal activities, including exercise.

To avoid infections, stay out of pools and spas for six weeks, and avoid lakes and oceans for eight weeks.

Finally, be sure to keep incision spots covered or lathered with sunscreen when you’re in the sun. Failing to do so can cause the spots to darken.

Is Surgery Right For You?

Not sure if gynecomastia surgery is the best option for you? Our Gynecomastia Guide can help you find out. It breaks down every step of the surgery process so you can determine whether surgery is the best fit for your situation.

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Topics: Plastic Surgery, Gynecomastia