About Your Gynecomastia Procedure
Gynecomastia is a medical term that comes from the Greek words for “women-like breasts.” Though this condition is rarely talked about, it affects 40 to 60 percent of men. It may affect one breast or both.
For men who feel self conscious about their appearance, breast reduction surgery can help. Surgery to correct gynecomastia can be performed on healthy men of any age. The best candidates for surgery have firm, elastic skin that will reshape to the body’s new contours. Surgery may be discouraged for obese men, or for those who are overweight and have not attempted to correct the problem through diet and exercise. Also, individuals who drink alcohol in excess or use marijuana are usually not considered good candidates as they may cause gynecomastia.
Gynecomastia surgery is generally performed under general or neuroleptic anesthetic. The process removes fat and glandular tissue from the breasts and in extreme cases excess skin may be removed. The results are a flatter, firmer and more contoured chest.
Your surgeon will prescribe the necessary medication to relive post-operative pain. Initially it is necessary to restrict arm movement. It is generally more comfortable to sleep on your back or side. You will gradually be able to resume your normal activities. Bruising usually subsides after two to three weeks; however, some swelling may remain for several months. Some patients do experience numbness of the nipples which may be permanent in some cases. It is only when the scars have completely matured that the breast will assume its final shape and position. This may take at least a year.
- Your surgery will take approximately one to three hours.
- Expect a recovery period of approximately two weeks.
- Please arrange to have someone pick you up from our surgical centre following surgery.
- Contact your surgeon for detailed post-op instructions.
For more information:
Canadian Society for Plastic Surgeons
The information provided is intended for general purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice.