Gynecomastia Surgery

Gynecomastia - What is Male Breast Enlargement?

Gynecomastia is a condition that refers to the abnormal enlargement of breast tissue in males. It typically manifests as swelling or a lump around the nipple area. Hormonal imbalances, medications, health conditions, or aging can lead to gynecomastia.

Why is Gynecomastia Surgery Performed?

Gynecomastia surgery is performed to alleviate the aesthetic or psychological discomfort caused by gynecomastia. Gynecomastia can lead to a loss of confidence and difficulties in social interactions for men. The surgery aims to reduce the excessive growth of breast tissue, thereby achieving a more masculine appearance.

What Happens if Gynecomastia is Left Untreated?

If left untreated, gynecomastia can lead to decreased self-confidence and psychological distress. Additionally, if underlying hormonal imbalances or health issues are not addressed, gynecomastia can progress, and the enlargement of breast tissue may continue.

How is Gynecomastia Surgery Performed?

Gynecomastia surgery typically requires surgical intervention. During the procedure, excess breast tissue and fat are removed, and the nipple is reshaped. This is usually done through liposuction and tissue excision procedures. The surgery is generally performed under general anesthesia.

Are the Results of Gynecomastia Surgery Permanent?

The results of gynecomastia surgery are generally permanent. After the surgery, the excessive growth of breast tissue and aesthetic discomfort are reduced, leading to a more masculine appearance. However, gynecomastia may recur due to aging or hormonal changes.

Recovery Process After Gynecomastia Surgery

The recovery process after gynecomastia surgery can vary from person to person. Mild pain, swelling, and bruising may occur in the first few days. The complete recovery process may take several weeks. During the post-operative period, it is important to rest and avoid activities such as heavy lifting.

Is Gynecomastia Surgery Risky?

Like any surgical procedure, gynecomastia surgery carries certain risks. These may include infection, bleeding, anesthesia reactions, stitch problems, and unsatisfactory results. However, these risks are generally low and can be managed by an experienced surgeon.

Is There an Age Limit for Gynecomastia Surgery?

There is no specific age limit for gynecomastia surgery. It can generally be performed during adolescence or at any age in adulthood. The important factor is the individual's discomfort with gynecomastia and the need for treatment.

Who Are Suitable Candidates for Gynecomastia Surgery?

Suitable candidates for gynecomastia surgery are healthy men who wish to alleviate the aesthetic or psychological discomfort caused by gynecomastia. Those who are medically fit for surgery and have realistic expectations are suitable candidates.

In conclusion, gynecomastia surgery is an effective treatment option for addressing male breast enlargement. The results are generally long-lasting, and the procedure carries low risks for suitable candidates. However, like any surgical intervention, gynecomastia surgery should be carefully evaluated and performed by an expert surgeon.

Op. Dr. Murat Görkem Ataman
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