What Is Gynaecomastia?
Gynaecomastia or gynecomastia in men is a condition that causes excess fatty tissue, glandular tissue, or both in a man’s breast area. Thus making men’s breasts look enlarged, commonly known as “man boobs”. Up to 80% of men may have some type of gynaecomastia at one point or another in their lifetime.
One of the most common causes of gynecomastia is hormonal imbalance and an excess of estrogen. This can even be seen in newborn baby boys. However, the causes of gynecomastia also include obesity, puberty, old age, or health conditions like liver disease. It can be treated with medication to address the hormonal imbalance or gynecomastia surgery, also known as breast reduction.
Gynecomastia At A Glance
Symptoms of Gynecomastia
The symptoms of gynecomastia include:
- Excess fatty tissue in the breast area
- Excess glandular tissue in the breast area
- A combination of excess fatty and granular tissue
It’s also important to note that tenderness and pain are not always common, but they do occur. Additionally, gynecomastia can affect one or both male breasts.
Why might you need Gynaecomastia surgery?
Gynecomastia in London offers many benefits for men who have this condition. The main benefit is that it effectively removes excess fatty or glandular tissue to eliminate enlarged breasts. Additionally, it removes loose skin. Gynecomastia surgery will also reposition or size the areolas so the breasts look better and more proportional.
There are also psychological benefits. Many men feel self-conscious about having enlarged breasts and it often gets in the way of how they live their lives. The lack of confidence leads them to avoid certain activities like going to the beach or the pool, going to the gym, being intimate with partners, etc. Gynecomastia surgery can give men back their confidence and boost their self-esteem.
Who is an ideal candidate for Gynaecomastia?
The Male Breast Reduction Procedure
Gynecomastia surgery removes the excess fatty tissue, which can be done with liposuction or excision, and it’s the most effective gynecomastia treatment. Liposuction requires local or general anesthesia. Once the patient is under, an incision is made around the nipple. That’s where a thin cannula is inserted to suck out the excess fat.
Excision consists of surgical removal, which is the ideal technique for granular tissue excess, patients with moderate/severe cases of gynecomastia, or patients with excess loose skin. These two techniques can be combined if necessary. Once the excess tissue and skin are removed, the nipple and areola are repositioned so they look proportional.
The Cost of Gynecomastia
The cost of gynecomastia in London can vary depending on a variety of factors. Such as the clinics, the surgeons, and the type of gynecomastia you need. Whether that’s liposuction, excision, or a combination of both. On average, the cost of gynecomastia in the UK ranges from £3,500 to £6,000.
Do keep in mind this is only an estimate to give you an idea of what you can expect to spend on this procedure. We recommend you do your research and avoid making this decision solely based on cost. Your priority should be a highly qualified surgeon working in a reputable clinic or hospital that provides high-quality services and care. This is how you avoid a botched surgery.
Your Gynecomastia Journey
Once you’re ready to be discharged, you will receive post-op instructions so you know what needs to be done for aftercare. You’ll have a post-operative consultation 4 to 14 days after the surgery where the surgeon will check the wounds to see how they’re healing. Downtime after a gynecomastia procedure is usually 2 to 3 weeks and you’ll need to use a compression vest for up to 6 weeks.
Should you have any concerns during post-operative care, call the surgeon or his team, who should be available 24/7 after the gynecomastia in London.
Risks and Complications
As with any kind of surgical procedure, there are a few potential risks and complications related to gynecomastia. They include:
- Excessive bleeding
- Blood clots
- Infection, evidenced by redness, swelling, and fever
- Persistent pain
- Breast asymmetry
- Discoloration of the skin
These risks are not super common, but they may occur. If they do, contact your surgeon immediately so they can provide the care you need. Of course, the most effective way to avoid experiencing issues like these in the first place is to choose a qualified surgeon.
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Before and After Results
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